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A Big Change

It has been a bit quiet here. No, we have not abandoned this blog or gotten bored with baking, cooking or going out. If you’re following my Instagram you might have noticed that there are lots of delicious recipes that are still waiting to be published.  But there is a major factor in our lives that has occupied our minds and our time in the last weeks: we’re going to move to Germany in the middle of June.

As you can imagine moving countries is a bit more stressful than your usual move. All the paperwork needs to be done in time. In our case Tiia needs to get a lot of her Finnish papers in English or even German, so we won’t have a problem with translating them later. Apart from that we had to sort out how to actually transport our stuff to Germany without spending thousands of Euros. We’re not taking a lot with us but we have been together for over 4 years now and I am not willing to throw everything out we have bought together.

Most of that is thankfully already sorted, although it was quite stressful to coordinate so many things. My dad will come with a rental car by ferry and transport our stuff to our new home. Tiia, me and the cats will then take the plane to Germany. I am having my fingers crossed that everything will work out.

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At the moment I am kind of sad to leave this country, especially since spring is in proper bloom now! It is getting warmer, the trees are getting their leaves and the blueberry and lingonberry bushes are blooming. Okay, I still have to wear a scarf but not a thick one! The days are getting longer and longer until they reach their peak on Midsummer which is next month.

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I will definitely miss the Finnish summer and living at the sea side. Blueberry picking in the forest, although I guess I can live without those horrible mosquitoes which I am slightly allergic to.

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And of course I will miss Tiia’s family a lot. Her parents now live only 5 kilometers from us and I love visiting them.

I am scared and nervous about moving to Germany. What if I won’t like it anymore? What if I won’t like it in my old hometown? Will Tiia like it and how will it be for her with a new language?

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I am sure everything will find its way but sometimes it is a bit more scary than exciting.

Stef

Dull & Drowsy Sunday

Dull & Drowsy Sunday --- 2women2cats

More often than I like to admit I fantasize of the weekend. I can finally get things done! All the German homework that I haven’t had the time for during the workweek, maybe I can paint, maybe bake something I’ve wanted to make for ages…

On Saturdays I’m fairly active. We go to the Helsinki centre for some shopping and cafés and at home I tackle the admiringly large pile of laundry. I feel productive and excited!

Dull & Drowsy Sunday --- 2women2cats
Saturday night games: Tridom!

Unfortunately the feeling doesn’t last to Sunday. I still have plenty of things to do but the drive is gone. I’m laying in the bed, blanket protecting me from the grey world outside with one cat laying on top of me and the other one under the blanket with me. None of us wants to move. It’s Monday tomorrow!

Oh Sunday apathy.

Tiia

Dull & Drowsy Sunday -- 2women2cats

Nostalgia is an essential part of a Sunday. The boys now and...
Nostalgia is an essential part of a Sunday. The boys now and…
...the boys in summer 2009!
…the boys in summer 2009!
They were cute as buttons.
They were cute as buttons.
And they played 90% of their waking time!
And they played 90% of their waking time!
Dull & Drowsy Sunday --- 2women2cats
Kookos doesn’t remember his childhood and thinks he has always been dignified.

 

A White Christmas Eve

Soon we’re off to my parents’, to spend a nice Christmas Eve & Day with my family. Can’t wait for the food, sauna and presents! I’ve made a deal with myself to not eat too much, but we’ll see how that goes… Stef made a beautiful lemon poppy seed cake that I can’t wait to taste! Of course there’s going to be traditional Finnish Christmas food as well.

Our Christmas - 2 women 2 cats

Our Christmas - 2 women 2 cats
The big Christmas tree at Senaatintori

This year we decided to not have a big Christmas tree. Instead I made some garlands out of corn starch dough. They turned out to be really pretty!

Our Christmas - 2 women 2 cats

Our Christmas - 2 women 2 cats

We also got two little trees in replacement of a big one and they’re really cute.

Our Christmas - 2 women 2 cats

I was sure we were going to have a snowless Christmas, but on Monday it started snowing, and now we have 10 cm of the white stuff!

Our Christmas - 2 women 2 cats
The view from our bedroom!

We also did some last minute gift shopping in Tallinn on Monday. The city was so beautiful with all the Christmas lights, snow and the mulled wine at the Christmas market was delicious.

Our Christmas - 2 women 2 cats
Christmas market in Tallinn

I’m looking outside and it started snowing again. We will see if there’s going to be double the amount of snow by tomorrow – I hope not!

We want to wish the readers of this blog a Merry Christmas! May all your bellies be full and your moods content.

Tiia

Our Christmas - 2 women 2 cats

Our Christmas - 2 women 2 cats

Our Christmas - 2 women 2 cats

Cats, Flowers & Summertime

The grey rainy November is at its end, the dim winter sun is hiding behind thick rain clouds and I am having a cold. This is one of those days when it’s okay to feel a bit melancholic, drink some hot blackcurrant juice and look at pictures of summertime while being lazy on the couch with a package of tissues.

Cats, Flowers & Summertime - 2 women 2 cats

Cats, Flowers & Summertime - 2 women 2 cats

As it seems, I have barely posted any summer pictures. I guess I was too busy enjoying the warmth – or maybe looking through hundreds of pictures and editing them just didn’t seem that appealing. Looks like I had a recurring theme in the summer photography: cats and flowers.

Cats, Flowers & Summertime - 2 women 2 cats

Cats, Flowers & Summertime - 2 women 2 cats

I am obviously a huge summer person and one of my biggest enjoyments are flowers. The bright colours, pleasant scents and the quiet buzzing noise of bees are simply relaxing. In the future I’d love to get my very own garden, but in the meantime I’m happy with my mini balcony and having my mother with her garden nearby.

Cats, Flowers & Summertime - 2 women 2 cats

Cats, Flowers & Summertime - 2 women 2 cats
We found some amazing apothecary bottles and equipments from a university laboratory trash!

To me summer has always been about looking around at the nature and observing it; the dandelions are blooming, the lilacs are blooming, the lupines are blooming… Time to pick nettles, time to pick clovers… And so forth.

Cats, Flowers & Summertime - 2 women 2 cats

At least I’m not the only one in this house who is a summer-fanatic: the cats love warming themselves up in the hot sun and looking at people and bugs on the balcony.

Cats, Flowers & Summertime - 2 women 2 cats

Cats, Flowers & Summertime - 2 women 2 cats

Have I mentioned photography yet? It is just so satisfying to take pictures that actually have colour and light!

Tiia

Cats, Flowers & Summertime - 2 women 2 cats
Spot the other silly person.

Cats, Flowers & Summertime - 2 women 2 cats

Restaurant Day: Pop Up Food Festival

Restaurant Day is one of my favourite food festivals in Helsinki and is held a few times per year. Although it’s world wide, it is especially big in Finland. Everybody can open their own pop up restaurant which can be in the city, in the backyard or even at home. For one day you don’t need a license to serve food. Just a table, a barbeque or even a blanket on the grass and then you can sell self-made goods. You reserve a location online so your customers can find you or you can find nice places to wander around and have a taste yourself.

It’s a perfect opportunity to try something new and foreign. I think the mixture of cultures in Helsinki make this food festival so great. Lots of different flavours, food from all the corners of the world, no matter if you’re a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan.

I had actually planned to put a little café up myself this time but for some reason I didn’t really have time to prepare anything. Maybe next time.

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki
The statue dedicated to Zachris Topelius was having a drink

Instead, Tiia and I had a look around Esplanadi first. We were there in the early afternoon and it was packed with people!

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

A nice little Turkish place sold Köfte which I just couldn’t pass without trying them myself. They came directly from the grill and were delicious!

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

I have to say the food places were a bit more commercial than last time. A lot of actual restaurants had opened up a booth and also a few market stands that sold their food for the normal price. Instead of fighting our way through the crowd, we decided to go to the Old Church Park.

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

Tiia spotted a vegan place and bought a seitan kebab at Soul Mama’s Kitchen. It’s also a restaurant in Helsinki but for some reason we haven’t made it there yet. The kebab was really great. The seitan itself spicy and tender. Maybe we’ll find the time soon to pay the restaurant a visit.

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

There are always too many places to choose from and too little space in the stomach!

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki
The old grave stones in the middle of the park

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

Unfortunately there are never enough trash bins around but at least people tried to arrange their waste around them so it can be picked up easier later.

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

After our savoury food tour it was time for some dessert! We stopped at a little stand where some girls sold oriental cakes.

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

For the way home Tiia bought a little cake pop. Maybe next time I’ll write a post from our own pop up restaurant.

Stef

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki