Monday, 2 August 2010

STRAWBERRY CLEARING, MANSIKKA-AHO








A week with my parents at their strawberry fields which are where my grandparents live. Open-air theater, forest paths, tickling grass under bare toes, hot sun, raspberry bushes, one very strong thunder night. Reading under gazebo´s shadow, watching people picking up strawberries for the coming winter and helping whatever there is needed. One small rabbit always lost in his paths on the yard, fresh basil to be dried for the winter´s dinners. When hungry, hiding in the strawberry fields for a while and eating a handful of the sweetest tastes.

This summer has been very warm, it made me to forget to drink tea. Today I am enjoying a cup of it again and gazing if long waited rain or a blow of wind finally arrives. The radio plays old summer songs and I have a blank white cotton paper in front of me, watercolors accompanying.

Happy August, happy new week, lovely to have you here!


P.s. Please have a look for Kerstin´s book with beautiful thoughts.

18 comments:

  1. wow. i am so envious right now! this just sounds so wonderful. how lucky you are! thanks for sharing, it's cold and rainy in Sydney, Australia

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  2. hei nätti anna ja nätti mekko, hei mansikat!

    terveisiä kastanjapuun viereltä! helsinkiin saavuin viime yönä kun yö oli sininen ja pehmeä ja ihanan tuoksunen. kohta lähden pyörällä ajelemaan ja ihmettelemään. kuulemisiin!

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  3. Thank you Anna Emilia, I have just pre-ordered Kerstin's book, it all looks very good. Now while the smallest of us is asleep I am going to make some tea and think of your (and mine) beautiful summer. Have a lovely August!

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  4. Such a memory you captured here. I almost feel like it was a memory of mine. Carolina

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  5. Are the photos of your grandparent's house? Just lovely!

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  6. oh this is such a lovely photoset. your dress looks really nice!

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  7. what a perfect place you're at! happy august Anna Emilia!

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  8. Although your paper is blank, you've painted a beautiful picture here.

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  9. Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm so glad I clicked over, you are one talented lady!

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  10. Dear Sara,

    Hopefully you are enjoying tea in the rainy Sydney (I might like to join you to the rain for a while to be able to knit a bit more, today is again a bit too hot for that). Have a good Thursday!

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    Hei Hannanen,

    Toivottavasti kotosalla olo maittaa taas ja nyt kyllä ehdit vielä uimaan ja muihin kesäkarkeloihin, on vielä niin lempeä sää!

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    Dear Flora,

    Wishing good day dreams to Lou Me and a lot of happy moments to you Flora! This summer indeed has been a magical one and there is still many days left of it, let´s enjoy (and make some more tea)!

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    Thank you dearly Kay,

    You too, enjoy your season there!

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    That is lovely to read dear Caroline,

    Happy days!

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    Thank you dearly Jacilyn,

    The first one is from my grandparents´ house, the second from their garage (but they never had a car), the third one is from their old house which is just next to the newer one, (there visitors can sleep), the fourth and fifth are again from their garage (there is one room for living upstairs) and the last image is from their sauna (:

    Have a good day!

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    Dear Irene,

    Thank you! The dress is my aunt´s, around from the year 1985!

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    One of my favorite places indeed dear May.

    Happy August to you too!

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    Thank you so much dear MaCalamity! (Though the holiday is already finished.)

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    Happy to hear that dear Denise :)

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    Thank you dear Emma!

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    Dear Hannah,

    My pleasure! Thank you very much, likewise!

    Happy Thursday!

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  11. My parents are vegetable farmers...and I have so many memories to it when I was a kid and was helping during the harvest together with my brother..in the weeks before my move to Sydney..I stayed with them and it felt like being back in times...it felt good...and it is so great to have such memories...which can awake with even just the smell of a certain vegetable...

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  12. How happy to read about your memories and that you got to be back in them for a short while.

    Waves and lunch time greetings to Sydney!

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  13. basil, strawberries, tea and this dress gay .. I feel the taste of your summer

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  14. your dress is so pretty!!

    and i love the flowers on that cabinet. :)

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