July 10: Making ourselves at home
Holiday photos always have to start with the Haynes feet. So job done. Rosie gets a rest and so do we. Sir O and Ros have really done a lovely job in making their home together. And it’s not long before Sir O has his work gear on. Sorry forgot to get a photo.
We do a bit of food shopping whilst Dubber has a rest. Have to say thought it was a bit of man flu but it’s not shifting, not helped by the heat at 28 degrees. I love going around supermarkets whilst on holiday and seeing all the different things. Have to say there’s rather a lot of American brands but I did find some Moomintrolls.
Back at home we are served, as we are going to be for the next couple of weeks, by Sir O’s fantastic cooking, ably assisted by sous chef Ros.
Oh and we are so far north now that the sun really doesn’t go to bed.
July 11: It’s coming home, It’s coming home, football’s coming home….
Today is an important day because England are playing Croatia in the World Cup Semi-final. We have a day to chill and the live-in chefs prepare a barbecue. We are to be joined by Ros’ friends Tim (from Leicester) and Timo who we met last time we were in Finland, which we reckon was about 10-11 years ago.
Anyway we are fed and watered and ready for the match. Tim’s even got his Leicester shirt on. Unfortunately we were not pleased with the outcome but we are very proud of what the boys achieved and enjoyed another evening with friends.
July 12: off to the woods we go
Next day we say goodbye to Rosie, pictured here with ‘Rucksack’ and head off north in Bertie Beamer, later to be known as Dirty Beamer because he collected so much dust after this trip that he changed colour!
Now this bit of the trip comes with a health warning if you dislike trees. There’s going to be a lot of them. I’ve checked my photos and there’s about 500, photos that is not trees – there’s about several million at the last count. Oh you want to see them all? Ok then, here’s a few for starters.
We have about a four hour drive up to ‘the cottage’. Now all Finns have cottages, places away from where they live, in the woods, usually by a lake and they go whatever the weather, to be with nature and as I’ve been reading Sisu. More of that later.
We are headed north on what becomes a very straight road, with, yes you’ve guessed it more trees. But the further north we go and the more remote it becomes we have to be on reindeer watch. The problem is you see things ahead that are not trees, shout reindeer and then it turns out to be something else, so we had bridge reindeer, skid mark reindeer, stone reindeer and cyclist reindeer. But eventually Dubber gets the photo we wanted.
They literally walk where they please and at a pace they please and if it’s hot like today they come out of the woods to get away from mosquitoes and sunbathe.
On the way we stop at an outlet for a well known Finnish brand called Pentik. Well I was in heaven wasn’t I. Might have bought a couple of things 🙄. Boys didn’t seem interested.
Anyway whilst there for a spot of lunch we also visited their little museum about life in traditional Finnish houses. Lovely photo opportunities.
Anyway time to move on and into the Arctic Circle
and a little further on we reach the cottage. Wow!
Just look at the view. What a beautiful place. I will leave you with some pictures. Words can’t explain as well.
Well someone has to 😃