2019 Week 2 – Green fingers

From snow to the desert….

It seems rather silly that at my age I actually get to include something like ‘planting grass’ as a something new, but when I’ve spent most of my life living in apartments, or in houses that came with the landscaping all done already, then yes… I do get to say that this past week was the first time that I planted grass 🙂

When I moved into my new apartment, it came with these gorgeous bougainvillea plants. Not knowing much about caring for plants, they ended up almost dying… but I managed to bring them back to life (yay me!) Then one day I was walking through the store looking for shears (to care for my bougainvillea!) and I saw a packet of ‘cat grass’, which is meant to attract the cats and be good for their digestion, as well as aiding in helping my plants grow. Win. Win. So I bought it too. And planted some seeds in my garden in some of the gaps.

I also bought a sunflower-in-a-can, which has started germinating beautifully, and as soon as it’s ready I’ll be transporting it from the can into my garden!

This is the sunflower-in-a-can… soon to be in the garden 🙂

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2019 Week 1 – Snow angel!

2019 had a great start for me! I’ve always wanted a white Christmas, but last year I decided that a white birthday would suffice until I can plan a proper white Christmas… and not only did it snow just before midnight on the 30th to see my birthday (the 31st) in, but it snowed pretty much all day on the 31st so that the countdown to 2019 was done in the snow, and then it also snowed on the 2nd!

And that’s when we went out and made a snow angel! My first ever snow angel, in real snow! It might not have been a huge amount of snow, but it made me stupidly happy :o)

Week 52 – Helsinki for my birthday!

Another tick off the country list! That makes 41 visited now 🙂

I decided to be completely spontaneous and totally random for my birthday / new year this year (er, make that 2018… delayed publishing of this post, sorry!) and I ended up in Helsinki with my friend La La.

It was cold. It snowed. It was the best fun!

We didn’t have much planned other than just hanging out in Helsinki because:

  • We didn’t book enough of a holiday to venture up further north to try see the northern lights
  • We just wanted to enjoy the cold and snow and do something a bit random for new year

Helsinki itself doesn’t have much to do and is very easily doable in 3 or 4 days… even if parts of those days are filled with snow, or raining, or only consist of 6 hours of sunlight 😛

Prior to arrival we purchased the Helsinki Card which gives you unlimited access to public transport, includes a sightseeing tour, and offers discounts on entry at various museums etc., as well as discounts on restaurants, shopping etc.

Helsinki is a relatively small city center and you’re pretty much able to walk everywhere, but having the tram use is a big help when you’ve been walking for hours and all you want is to get back to your hotel room and put your feet up as it starts getting dark at 4pm.

There are many bars and pubs and restaurants around the city center, with most of them offering interesting cocktails or shot creations… it’s just a matter of finding some of them as they’re not in-your-face advertised – but we found that to be part of their charm!

For New Year we decided to try out the free-entry gathering on Senate Square where they had bands and DJ’s performing all night, with a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Everything is in Finnish though, so unless you speak the language, don’t plan on understanding anything they’re saying, or singing to you 😉

Definitely goes down as one of my favourite holidays – just so completely random, and filled with snow!