Mist, Marimekko and Purple Carrots

Mist or cloud? Is it the same thing...?

This was taken a week or so ago, when I went for an early morning walk. Luckily, I’d decided the night before that I was definitely going for a walk the next day, so I wasn’t put off when it was all misty outside. And I took my camera with me… Hurrah! It was so beautiful and still. It gets quite misty up here some mornings… although it’s probably just low cloud. Anyway, here are a few pics of my morning adventures…

Looking up to the gum trees

Patiently waiting for letters

Someone's been busy...

Scotland in Australia

Big old giant

Colour has been catching my eye a lot during the last week or so. Purple carrots, purple lavender (in my new terracotta pot — I love it, so Mediterranean!) and the ultra green parsley from my garden…

Lovely lavender outside the cottage

Purple carrots on one of my beloved Marimekko tea towels (bear detail)

Carrots by Mother Earth, Marimekko by... well, you can read it there!

Random flash of green on the kitchen bench

 

Phew. It takes a while to upload those photos. I must have too much on my computer! Well, signing off now. I think this is going to be one of those posts where pictures speak louder than words. Promise to send some more wonderfully nordic things your way soon… x

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Marimekko in the kitchen

Well it’s been tres busy up here on the mountain lately. O and I have been working our little butts off in prep for the baby coming in December. That hasn’t stopped the flowers blooming of course (or the weeds growing — yikes) and I happened to pick a very lovely Rhododendron the other day. It’s still sitting perfectly on our little kitchen table, which is covered with (you guessed it): Marimekko fabric. This one is a Maija Isola orginal in a new colourway by Kristina Isola. “Tulipunainen” 1960/2000. I think this is one of my oldest Marimekko fabrics. I’ve got a few squirreled away in the cupboard here, just waiting for that big empty wall on which to display them in all their Scandinavian glory! I’ll have to take pics of them and make Marimekko post of it.

Before I head off, I’m also attaching a pic of our house one recent chilly morning. There was very low cloud and you could hardly see 10 metres in front of you. It was quite beautiful! I think we were in the clouds actually. We’re high enough up here. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for another dose of Nordic appreciation coming soon! x

Foggy morning up on the Mountain

Rhododendron on "Tulipunainen" Marimekko

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Still wonderful.

Five months after my last post, nordicwonderful bounces back online. Apologies to everyone (er, all six of you) who’ve been hankering for a dose of scandinavian appreciation over the winter. I’m very happy to be able to put my attention on all things nordic and wonderful again, and would just like to say ‘stay tuned’ for more posts coming soon. Now all I need to do is remember how to use wordpress… E x

one of my most favourite things in the kitchen

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Scandinavian-inspired Granny Cushion

Close up of cool-but-warm cushion cover

Hello everyone! It’s been pretty busy in my neck of the woods lately, so I’m just popping up a quick post to let you know that Yes, I am still alive. I’ve been working on a few cushion covers in amongst other life happenings and that one above is my favourite.

Wintery corner

I love this colour combination. It’s kind of “Snow Covered Norwegian Forest” meets “Sparkling Finnish Lake”. (There is a touch of “Windswept Cottage on the Rugged Cornwall Coast” in there too, but that’s not so Nordic.)

OK… terribly short post but more coming soon! x

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Scandinavian Cycling… Nice.

Somewhere in the Finnish countryside... (actually not too far from Helsinki)

This morning I went on my second bike ride in about 20 years, and it was glorious. The lovely O gave me a brand new (well, new to me) bike for Christmas and I’m slowly getting into the swing of it. My first ride was slightly stressful. I didn’t go well with all the walkers. What were they doing taking up all the path!? Didn’t they know that bikers have right of way!? (It’s amazing what kind of monsters come out when you’re a novice rider.)

Anyway, ┬átoday I set out at five am to avoid as many people as possible, and to get my bike confidence up without killing anyone. It worked, I’m very relieved to say. I rode along the path by the ocean and I didn’t feel the urge to run over any pedestrians at all. Brilliant. I want to ride a lot more often. I do have a slight case of Bikeway Envy though. Recently I came across a bit of town planning waffle ┬áthat referred to The Copenhagen System and–being a fan of all things Nordic–I thought “That sounds Wonderful”.

Basically, Copenhagen is a model city for biking. According to the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre (in another work of gushing praise for the Copenhagen System), 37% of everyone working or studying in Copenhagen commutes by bike. Nice. Of course, they’ve got it all set up for cyclists, which is why I’m so envious! Their site says: “…cyclists are physically separated from cars and pedestrians on a raised cycle track 2.5 meters wide. A median with a distinctive paving texture serves as a door swing zone, protecting both cyclists and passengers from potential accidents.” How good is that?

The very wonderful Copenhagen System

Where I live, you’re definitely taking your life into your hands if you ride on the road, riding on footpaths is apparently illegal, and the “bike tracks” are also walking tracks, which makes for a fair bit of ducking, weaving and ferocious bell-ringing. Ah, how lovely it would be to ride along in a lane all of your own! Until Australia adopts the Copenhagen System, I’ll just have to build my bike confidence wherever I can, and I’m sure in the process I’ll find some good scenic paths to ride on. And next time I travel to Scandinavia, a glorious bike ride in the country is definitely on the agenda (see first pic in this post). As I first set out on my ride this morning, I felt those tingly butterflies in my stomach that only come when you’re SO excited about something, you know you’re about to giggle. Riding a bike is certainly one of life’s most amazing simple pleasures. x

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Destination: Helsinki (Tales of a Globe Trotting Granny Square Blanket)

Porvoo in Summer, Finland

 

Hello everyone. Long-time-no-hear-from… yes I know. It’s been a bit Go Go Go here lately. Not all work, mind you. I’ve snatched a few hours here and there to check out some very interesting blogs by other people… more on that later. (By the way, the above pic is just to set the Nordic scene for this post… taken in Porvoo, Finland, and one of my favourite pics from one of my trips over to visit my sister.)

But now, the long overdue story of the Granny Square Rug that I was crocheting way back in … er, 2010, for my gorgeous little 2-year-old niece. Just to update: I only learned to crochet last year and I’ve become addicted. The Attic24 blog has been a huge inspiration (the link is over to the left there).

Back to the rug. To be honest, there’s not much to tell but I do have some photos that I’m very proud to post. The last pic was taken on my living room floor, before it was all sewn together. (Insert link back to previous blog at a future date when I’m more blog savvy.)

Almost there... Granny Square Rug almost finished

And then there was the edging to do (thanks to Attic 24 for the pattern)…

Granny Blanket edging starting to hold it all together!

And the final round of edging… (I guess this is mostly for Crochet Fans, but hang if you hang in there, you’ll see the Nordic bit is coming)

Pink scallop bit on the Granny Blanket

Finished edging… yay!

The finished edge!

Hurrah! The completed Granny Square Blanket

And now for the best part… the GS blanket in use by its little cutie-pie owner.

Little S on her blanket

Happy and satisfied creator; active new owner

OK, so what about all the Nordicness that you’ve come to this blog to see? Well, firstly I can tell you that the above Granny Square Blanket now resides in Helsinki, Finland. Here’s where I’m talking about:

Helsinki, Finland, Winter

Brrrr. That’s all I can say. If you want the local weather report, check out the Helsingin Sanomat (I just love those words for some strange reason).

As I mentioned above, I’ve been lucky enough to check out some very interesting blogs in the last week or so and one of my favourites is retropottery.net What caught my eye was the very folksy 12-piece Figgjo dinner set from Norway. So Scandinavian! So folksy! Take a browse on this site for other Scandinavian pottery… there’s a lot there, from Arabia (Finland) to Rorstrand (Sweden). Scrumptious.

That’s all for now… more to come soon, and this time I won’t leave it so long. E

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Finnish winter footsteps

This little post is what I’ve just decided to call a Top Up post. It’s the post you … er, post, when you’re flat out busy with life but you need to keep your faithful followers sustained with an essential dose of life-giving Scandinavianness. Nordicly Wonderful things might not be the elixir of life, but they certainly come close.

So, dear followers (yes, all three of you at the moment, but it’s early days) may I present one of my favourite photos EVER, taken a few winters past, in Finland, by my talented sister M. Here it is:

Divine snowiness in Finland

How. About. That.

Can you see the footprints? What a beauty.

Righto, well I’m flat out, so I have to leave this alone for the moment. I’ve got so much that I want to blog about, too… my crochet, my new bike, and all the fantastic and inspiring Nordic Blogs that I’ve been discovering lately. I can’t read most of them, but WOW are they great to look at.

Until next time, hang in there and listen to some ABBA if you’re Nordicly starved. It always works for me. (Can you hear the drums Fernando?…) xx

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