my summer holiday 2016…

… has ended. i swear, if there’s any 4 weeks in a year that goes by too fast, they’re always during the summer holiday! pffft.

here’s a quick recap of all that was done, minus the trip to Singapore because that one already had 3 separate blog posts.

Summer cottage, re-painted

as usual, we went to my husband’s grandparents’ summer cottage. but this time we went there with a mission, and i don’t mean to have fun: we had to re-paint the main building and the warehouse building next to it. don’t get me wrong, painting is fun (yes, even painting a house), but the part that was tough was the preparation. first we had to brush, brush, brush off the old paint & green moss with a mini metal brush, and brush them some more until they are evenly non-coloured…. and then and only then we could start painting. huffff! we were so busy, we didn’t have time for pics on the brushing, but there are proofs of the painting! (plus my fashionable country-side get-up, ha!)

seeing the result & the scenery around the cottage, i suppose it was worth all the work, and i can only say: thank goodness the paint ran out in the middle, otherwise we would still be working there! ๐Ÿ˜€

on the last pic, though theย 2 buildings areย quite far, i hope you can see the result of our paintings. if you compare the colours of the building from the first 2 pics while i was painting them and this last pic, you can clearly see the darker paint… and how lovely itย is painted, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ we managed to do the staircases too just before the paint ran out.

Newcomer

my mum-in-law and her husband lost their dog 3 years ago. we had been trying to persuade them to take a new one for years to no avail, but suddenly when we were in Singapore they made an announcement: they were adopting a cat!

H is a bengal cat and he is very shy. i don’t remember now how old he is, maybe around 2 years old? at first when we came around for a visit, he didn’t want to come near us and only hid under the sofa. but after a while, he realized we posed no threat, took a nap beside me, and even let us pet him. โค welcome to the family, H!

Pie experiments

summer equals fresh berries here in Finland, and there’s really nothing better than Finnish strawberries and blueberries! i have always been fond of strawberries, so of course a strawberry pie was called for.

i used 1 liter of strawberries (yep, that’s how we measure strawberries here, by liter), and in my opinion i could’ve put some more! ๐Ÿ˜€ the best way to eat it (the Finnish way) is with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, of course. it was quite successful, except that the crust was too thick on the sides–or maybe it just needed more strawberries, like i said. but the taste was superb!

we planned to make another pie after successfully making this one, to give to my husband’s granddad. but this time we decided to try the blueberries, because he happens to love blueberry pies. and so, the experiment began again.

for the blueberry pie, i used 600 grams of blueberries and just a very small amount of sugar. the first pic shows the pie before baking, and the second pic was the result! it was an even better success, and my husband’s granddad loved it. ๐Ÿ™‚ for Finnish blueberry pies, it’s also good to eat them with hot caramel sauce. mmmm….

Turning 35 (!!!)

can’t believe i’m already halfway through my thirties! but anyway, there’s always a reason to celebrate, and my choice of celebration this year is sushi. AGAIN.

woot! they were gone in 60 seconds. ๐Ÿ˜€ just kidding, of course it took longer than that, and i did not finish them all by myself!

flamingo

being 35 doesn’t have to mean being old & boring, right?

that is all we had the time to do this summer holiday. didn’t i say it went by so quickly?

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6 thoughts on “my summer holiday 2016…

  1. The summer cottage looks so good! What do you normally do when you stayed there? I can’t believe your v.fashionable get up stayed that clean, if it was me it would have been a total mess. I have several painting clothes and shoes,so my usual clothes is not ruined. Happy Birthday!! Hope you had a wonderful time eating sushi. Re: your last photo, I just bought a pinnaple one two days ago, at home I have a bee and heart shaped one already.

    • at the cottage we usually just lazy around. ๐Ÿ˜€ grill some food, go to the sauna & take dips in the sea, pick up some blueberries, go on motorboat rides… those kind of things.

      LOL, those clothes i wore for painting are old and expendable, they just happened to match with each other! i did accidentally spill paint on my shoes (and cried because of my own stupidity, why didn’t i change into rubber boots??) but thankfully after scrubbing them with nail polish remover, the paint spots all went away! the shorts i wore also have brown paint now, but that’s alright.

      ooh, i didn’t actually buy those flamingo glasses! it was only a prop for the photo! ๐Ÿ˜€ would love to see the pineapple, bee, and heart ones on you!

      and happy birthday to you, too! (it’s this month, too, right? if it’s not yet your birthday, then happy birthday soon anyway!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. It was a really well spent and enjoyed holiday ๐Ÿ˜€
    I only can’t imagine who continued the painting of the summer house and when, until finished?
    The pies look so mouth-watering! Congrats with the successful experiments โค

    • who do you think will continue the painting? ๐Ÿ˜€ it’s us again, of course. (and hopefully T as well.) but that’s for next summer. at least the most important ones are now done!

  3. Congrats to turning 35 ! Good job on the “mรถkki”. Painting is fun except for the brushing. Beautiful views. Ooo, love the cat, he looks like Quismo and they could have been taken for brothers. I have never had blueberry pie with caramel sauce. Gotta try it. Sushi look yummy. Yay, the partybrillen are so much fun. I hope you bought them ๐Ÿ˜€

    • thank you! oh, i so hate the brushing. it was like a joke when we were handed one tiny brush (about 20 cm long) and we looked at the area that needed to be brushed (the whole building)….
      one tip for the caramel sauce, do NOT get the Rainbow brand… maybe try the Dr Oetker or if Valio has one?
      i didn’t buy the flamingo glasses! now i wish i had! ๐Ÿ˜€

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