22 Jun 2017

Perfect Midsummer, photos by Nanna Salmi

 Like every traditional celebration, also the Midsummer Eve (juhannus) 
contains traditions which are so important, that without them the 
day just doesn´t feel perfect.

Night before. Picking flowers, enjoying the 
nightless night already...


The day is long... It is so long that you have time to do many things
before the celebration in the evening. Nanna loves to go 
walking by the lake Vesijärvi.


And Otto loves to swim in the lake Vesijärvi!


It´s very usual that the weather changes quickly and dramatically
during the day. Even several times! If the morning was hot and
misty, the early afternoon can be something very different!


Midsummer lunch is eaten with the family and friends. 
Wild flowers play a big role in a table setting. Grandmother´s
table cloth and china is also in use.


Sweet, small, new potatoes and fish - that brings 
the taste of the summer into your mouth!


Does this need any words?


After lunch and nap a little walk in a forest... Collect seven flowers, put them
under your pillow and you will see your fiance to be in your dream...

danishswedishfarmdog smelling wild flowers

What would make this special day a perfection?
Of course - taking the horses for a night swim as well!

nightless night, horses swimming, Finland

After that it´s nice to dress up warm and sit by the fire till the early morning
and enjoy the lightest time of the year when the sun doesn´t go down.
This is the moment we wait for the whole dark and cold winter...


Have a wonderful Midsummer Eve!
Hyvää Juhannusta!











8 Jun 2017

Hevoset Kaivarissa - Horses in Kaivari

Kaivopuisto (Well Park), or in spoken language, Kaivari, is one of the oldest and 
best known parks in central Helsinki, Finland, and also a neighborhood of about 
500 inhabitants where the park is located.

To the south, Kaivopuisto borders the Gulf of Finland. To the north is a residential 
area containing the official private residences of several ambassadors of foreign 
countries to Finland, including the United States, Estonia, Spain, France, Belgium, 
Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Photo Source rantapallo.fi
Kaivopuisto offers several hectares of parks, both on flat ground, and on cliffs. 
The park also includes traces of stone fortifications built in the 18th century. 
Every summer, thousands of Helsinkians come to Kaivopuisto to sunbathe, 
to have picnics, or to hold sport. 

The history of Kaivopuisto began in the 1830s, when the company founded by 
Henrik Borgström founded the previously uninhabited and rotten city of Helsinginniemi 
at the foot of the spa (Ulriikapori spa and well company) with parks. 
Since Russian nobles were not allowed to travel abroad, the Kaivopuisto spa 
became their favorite holiday resort and very cosmopolitan spa  for a couple of decades. 


Source - Wikipedia

Weekend 20.-21.5. was the first sunny and warm weekend this year here in Finland. 
That weekend there was a very  unique event in the middle of Helsinki; "Hevoset Kaivarissa" 
(Horses in Kaivari). This event was a part of the official program of 
Finland 100 years celebration.

The event was organized jointly by the Suomen Hippos, the Finnish Rider Association 
and the Hippolis Center . There were two hundred volunteers involved. 
The aim was to present the horse's versatility and significance as a part of society. 

150 horses were brought to the "living room" of Helsinki and 45,000 people, including 
the ex -president Tarja Halonen, came to Kaivopuisto to see varied shows, 
competitions etc. It was nice to see whole families visiting the event: 
some children saw horses for the first time of their life!

We had a stand at the expo area and were quite busy with the customers, but we
managed to see some shows early Sunday morning.


The children started the day´s shows with the ponies. You know the game: 
music is playing and when it stops, you get down of your pony and 
try to get a seat on a hay pale...



The children were dressed up in costumes: princess, red fairy,
a cow etc...

Then came the adults and their wild show of medieval tournament.
It must have been hot in the body armors!



This year the Finnhorse is also celebrated. The 110 years story
and history of the breed was also told. A Finnhorse has had a very big and
important role in the war and agricultural history of Finland.


Photo source hevosetkaivarissa.fi

Would you like to take a selfie with a Finnhorse?

These following photos are from the event page hevosetkaivarissa.fi




Thank you for the organisation, volunteers and the audience for
a lovely and a very special event!