Sunday, July 5, 2015

Garden party

Back to last weekend when the Saturday wedding was followed by a Sunday lunch party the groom’s family arranged in their garden.

Barbecuing, socialising, unwinding... The father of a friend of the groom’s, a master of practically all brass instruments, popped in from across the street to play a couple of serenades to the newly-weds.

After the chilly Saturday it felt like proper summer had finally arrived. What could be a better way to spend a warm Sunday afternoon in town?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happily ever after

We spent last weekend in Rauma celebrating a wedding. With the permission of the bride, I am taking the liberty to post some photos of the party as I feel I contributed, at least slightly, to the fact that the groom was born in the first place.

Back in the 1980s, his mother and I were first colleagues and very soon the best of friends. When I had my daughter she was such a cute little doll-faced beauty my friend got smitten by a ‘baby fever’ so intense there was but one possible cure. Two years later, they had their third child, the ‘afterthought’, the present groom.

It was raining during the wedding ceremony that took place at the medieval Church of the Holy Cross but a little bit of rain on your wedding day is considered to bring good luck. Not that this happy couple needs much: they are not even 30 years old and they have already been together for a decade without losing any of the twinkle in their eyes!

The venue was a lovely old wooden house just outside the historical Old Rauma. The guests were offered an elegantly thought-out and perfectly executed programme which included everything from a mouth-watering banquet to a live band dance in a barn. We had so much fun we stayed several hours past hubby’s bedtime.

Once more, congratulations to the stunning newly-weds! May you always look in the same direction, come rain or come shine.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Lush Katariina

Summer as it should be with warmer temperatures and never-ending sunshine is very late this season. Luckily, unlike some other parts of the country, we haven’t had too much rain and have been able to continue our excursions to the neighbourhood.

This is the Katariina valley nature reserve less than 5km from downtown Turku. There is a rock and a hill there to climb for restful views to the meadows by the strait.

And lovely pathways through a mixed forest of mostly oak and linden trees taking you across a bed of wild flowers – such as lilies of the valley – to the seaside reeds and meadows.

We will certainly return to walk in the shadows of the rich foliage on a hot summer day.