Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

August 22, 2013

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

In English:

Summer has been great time for walking and biking. One nice place nearly in the center of Mikkeli has been “Shoe tax” in Finnish Kenkävero. It is old vicarage which has its own garden, restaurant, shop etc. Its location is ideal because it is by the lake. Our house (photo 13) is only about 400 meters on the other side narrow strait of lake Saimaa which separates the vicarage. In winter we walk over the ice to it in few minutes, but in summer it takes about half an hour. Well, Anything special? Yes, there is. In photos 17, 18 and 19 there are things made of birch bark. These things are unique! Ladies, how does it sound to have a handbag made of birch bark and present it when in a opera? My late father made many things of birch bark, like shoes and backpacks made by birch bark for example.

My photos show to You some photos from its garden, summer markets, traditional hay-making before man invented machines. Last five photos might be most interesting to them who live on country side. Never throw away Your old shoes!

En español:

El verano ha sido genial para caminar y andar en bicicleta. Un bonito lugar casi en el centro de Mikkeli ha sido “impuesto de zapatos” en finlandesa Kenkavero. Es antigua vicaría, que tiene su propio jardín, restaurante, tienda, etc . Su ubicación es ideal, ya que se encuentra a la orilla del lago Saimaa. Nuestra casa (foto 13) está a sólo 400 metros del otro lado angosto estrecho del lago Saimaa, que separa la casa del párroco. En invierno, camínabamos sobre el hielo a él en pocos minutos, pero en verano se tarda alrededor de media hora.

Mis fotos muestran a usted algunas fotos de su jardín, mercados de verano, henificación tradicional antes que el hombre inventó las máquinas. Últimas cinco fotos podrían ser las más interesantes para ellos que viven en el campo. Nunca desechen los zapatos viejos!

En francais:

L’été a été très bon moment pour la marche et faire du vélo. Un bel endroit à peu près au centre de Mikkeli a été «taxe de chaussure” dans Kenkavero finlandais. C’est ancien presbytère qui a son propre jardin, restaurant, boutique, etc. Son emplacement est idéal car il est sur un lac. Notre maison (photo 13) est à environ 400 mètres de l’autre côté du détroit du lac Saimaa qui sépare le presbytère. En hiver, nous marchons sur la glace en quelques minutes, mais en été, il faut environ une demi-heure.

Mes photos montrent pour vous quelques photos de son jardin, les marchés d’été, fenaison traditionnelle avant que l’homme a inventé des machines. Dernières cinq photos pourraient être plus intéressant pour eux qui habitent à la campagne. Ne jetez jamais vos vieilles chaussures!

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Old vicarage lives full life / Antigua casa parroquial vive la vida plenamente / Ancien presbytère vit sa vie à plaines

Next post after four weeks / Siguiente post después de quatro semanas / Post suivant après quatre semaines

Next post after four weeks / Siguiente post después de quatro semanas / Post suivant après quatre semaines

More posts from Mikkeli / Otras entradas de Mikkeli / Plus de postes de Mikkeli

Summer arrived in Mikkeli / Llegó el verano a Mikkeli / L’été est arrivé á Mikkeli

Mikkeli Marathon – the Marathon of Thousand Lakes / Mikkeli Maratón – el Maratón de los Mil Lagos / Mikkeli Marathon – Marathon de Mille Lacs

Walking and biking in Mikkeli and in its near vicinity / Caminando y en bicicleta en Mikkeli y en su alrededores. / Balades à pied et en vélo à Mikkeli et dans son voisinage proche

64 Comments »

  1. What a lovely selection of photos. I love the petunias in the old boots.🙂

    Comment by linnyjcreations — August 22, 2013 @ 07:30 | Reply

    • Hello Linny.

      I am happy that You found something interesting to You among my photos.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 22, 2013 @ 07:48 | Reply

  2. What a nice place close to your home! There’s such a lot to discover around the old vicarage by the lake! Their garden looks really nice and I smiled a lot about the knitted friendly guys, the cat on the bank and these planted boots, all “walking” in the same direction. It seems they tacked the soles with nails on the white board.
    I think it’s the first time that I see shoes and hand bags made of birch bark. Well, absolutely true – they would complete the I-go-to-the-opera-fashion-style perfectly, Matti! ^^ Baskets, chests/boxes are more common and known to me but I don’t know whether they were made of birch or the bark of another tree. It looked a bit darker.
    Again I enjoyed your blogpost very much!

    Have a great day!
    -Michèle-

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — August 22, 2013 @ 09:44 | Reply

    • Hi Michèle.

      Thank You very much for Your kind comment. I am happy that You liked it.

      Happy Thursday!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 22, 2013 @ 15:24 | Reply

  3. I started out loving that metal bike in the garden, then you led me throught the craft fair and so many nice things. But I simply must have some boot planters to walk down my garden path. They’re wonderful🙂

    Comment by restlessjo — August 22, 2013 @ 10:04 | Reply

    • Hello Johanna.

      Thank You. Now You have to find old shoes and boots and thus to make a new look for Your garden.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 22, 2013 @ 15:33 | Reply

  4. Gracias por compartir ese paseo !
    Y llevare’ en la memoria esas botas con flores, y la campanas !

    Comment by 76sanfermo — August 22, 2013 @ 10:32 | Reply

    • Hola Anna.

      Gracias por pasar y dejar tus letras aquí. Me alegro de que te gusten mis fotos.

      Que tengan un buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 07:09 | Reply

  5. Such a fun collection of photos!

    Comment by TBM — August 22, 2013 @ 11:04 | Reply

    • Hi TBM.

      Thank You for commenting my post and praising them.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 07:10 | Reply

  6. My favorite was the bike too! It looks like a bike Dr. Seuss would ride!

    Comment by Bondseye — August 22, 2013 @ 13:46 | Reply

    • Hello Lisa.

      Thank You. I am glad that my photos pleased You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 07:13 | Reply

  7. The haystacks remind me of the farm where I grew up but, I never thought about putting flowers inside a shoe or boot. Summer is almost over here and the autumn leaves will start falling in a couple of months.

    Comment by Mary Gilmartin — August 22, 2013 @ 14:50 | Reply

    • Hi Mary.

      Thank You. Very interesting to read that You have seen similar haystacks, so nice. Here in some trees leaves are turning partly into yellow. At the end of next week we’ll drive to the North (Lapland) and let’s see which situation is there.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 07:21 | Reply

  8. That was fun!!! I love the bicycle – all the other things too.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 22, 2013 @ 15:28 | Reply

  9. The felted owls are a hoot!! (sorry, I couldn’t resist!!). Love the flowers in shoes/boots “on parade” and the other vendors’ things are wonderful. Such lovely biking/walking paths and the lake view is gorgeous! You both look well. Thank you for the tour!! Blessings, Doreen

    Comment by treadlemusic — August 22, 2013 @ 16:06 | Reply

    • Hi Doreen.

      Thank You. Obviously it seems that You loved my post.🙂

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 07:41 | Reply

      • Indeed I did!!! And shared it with several of my friends! Hugs to you both!

        Comment by treadlemusic — August 23, 2013 @ 14:47 | Reply

  10. Wow, it is so nice to enjoy all these photos …🙂 I am also wondering … would it be possible that your wife’s pink T-shirt on photo Nr. 2 is from Koli? I am asking because I am a happy owner of 2 very similar T-shirts, one is blue and one is black, and they remind me of a VERY beautiful time spent there🙂

    Comment by alcessa — August 22, 2013 @ 16:40 | Reply

    • Hello Alcessa.

      Yes it is!!! This week was “funny” because we both selected to wear Koli T-shirt without thinking it. I noticed it when You wrote here.🙂

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 07:31 | Reply

  11. Thank you for the most beautiful summer post! Just adorable photos and so many lovely, funny things – those shoes and felted owls! x Teje

    Comment by Teje — August 22, 2013 @ 16:56 | Reply

    • Hi Teje.

      Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 07:33 | Reply

  12. Beautiful flowers! I love the market and the handcrafts displays, I’d go crazy if I were there🙂 Wonderful post, Sartenada!

    Comment by Amy — August 22, 2013 @ 17:48 | Reply

    • Hi Amy.

      Thank Your for Your nice comment.🙂

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 13:13 | Reply

  13. You live in a very beautiful place with obviously creative people! I loved the market pictures, as handmade items are the best – all so unique. If I were there I would have bought a birch bark basket, a wool doll, and one of those planters with the curlycue at the bottom. The cat on the bench was a perfect ending.

    I also want to tell you how much I liked your post about the sand sculptures. I looked back at several of the past years, and all of them are fantastic. The designs and the patience required to create these are just astounding. I particularly like the cyclops at the end. Your pictures are great, and I enjoy seeing life in your part of the world. Thanks!

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — August 22, 2013 @ 18:30 | Reply

    • Hello Marilyn.

      Oh, thank You for Your praising comment. I am really happy that You love also sand sculptures. To me it is always a great day when driving to shoot photos of them. Sometimes photo angles are difficult to find, but doing is learning.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 13:17 | Reply

  14. The vicarage garden is absolutely beautiful. The blossoms are glorious and the setting by the lake is very photogenic. I enjoyed seeing all the things made from birch bark. Your father must have been very creative since he made similar things. I like the shoe flower pots — I guess I’ll have to start saving my old boots. I like the friendly cat as well.

    Comment by seniorhiker — August 22, 2013 @ 19:03 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      Thank You. My father was shoemaker and he has very skillful hands. I remember when I was young boy, I looked many hours how he repaired and made also completely new shoes to order. It is sad that fire destroyed all my things and of course my family’s things – only memories are in my mind. One object was very dear to me and it was the scale model of tall ship “Finnish Swan”. It scale was one in to one hundred meaning that the model was 90 cm / 35.4 inches. My father was very proud about it.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 13:34 | Reply

  15. I have never seen hay racked like this. How is it moved from the field? I love the felted wool items in the craft show. Really good photographs too!

    Comment by George Weaver — August 22, 2013 @ 19:35 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Well, man needs one horse, hay carriages and pitchfork. Also it is preferable if somebody stamps hay very tight. When hay carriage is full it is transported to a barn and unloaded there waiting for winter. When I was young boy, I was in hay carriage and stamped it. The real fun was in hay barn to play there.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 14:54 | Reply

  16. Oh my! So much interesting and unique stuff – and great photos as usual. I would have come home with many things from there…maybe a little clutch for the opera!

    Comment by tiny lessons blog — August 23, 2013 @ 01:46 | Reply

    • Hello Tiny lessons.

      Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 14:57 | Reply

  17. That whole place is beautiful! I love the flowers and the grounds too. Especially the old way of putting up hay! Everything in the photos looks refreshing. (I would have to buy some of those items made from bark!)

    Comment by montucky — August 23, 2013 @ 04:15 | Reply

    • Hello Terry.

      I am happy that You found something interesting in my post. Thank You commenting it so kindly.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 15:00 | Reply

  18. I always know I’m going to get educated when your posts pop up, Satenada. THANK YOU.

    Comment by Ginnie — August 23, 2013 @ 08:02 | Reply

    • Hi Ginnie.

      Very nice to read Your kind comment. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 23, 2013 @ 14:58 | Reply

  19. Such fun photos! The flowers in the boots really made me laugh🙂
    I love the haystacks, I always find haystacks to be beautiful but these are piled in a different way than I am used to seeing.

    Wonderful photos as always!

    Comment by Letizia — August 23, 2013 @ 19:02 | Reply

    • Hi Letizia.

      Thank You. Before moving to Mikkeli last year, we lived on countryside in our detached house with own small flower garden. Now when seeing these flower boots, my wife has “complained” saying: Why I did not have this idea before when living in our house. We find the idea great and hope that it will be spread around in our world.

      Have a great weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 24, 2013 @ 08:32 | Reply

  20. What beautiful pictures these are! I am so impressed by the birch bark items – I’d like one of those handbags myself…🙂

    Comment by megtraveling — August 24, 2013 @ 04:42 | Reply

    • Hello Meg.

      Thank You for Your comment. I think that birch bark is not so general material in other countries than here in Finland. It would be nice to see reactions of those people for example who visit in Galeries Lafayette in Paris, if they could have possibilities to buy articles made by birch bark. Well, just an idea.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 24, 2013 @ 08:38 | Reply

  21. Your photos are so beautiful! I could spend a long time shopping at that market. Everything looks so interesting.
    I also love the old boots with the flowers in them. It’s such a wonderful way to repurpose boots.🙂

    Comment by alskamom — August 24, 2013 @ 18:45 | Reply

    • Hello Alskamom.

      I am happy that you love my post and especially old boots with flowers. Thank You.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 25, 2013 @ 14:22 | Reply

  22. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip with you. I wish I could have biked alongside. What a delightful place to explore!

    Comment by Heart To Harp — September 1, 2013 @ 18:31 | Reply

    • Thank You.

      We are now on road trip in Lapland which is the Northernmost part of Finland. Sceneries here far beyond the Arctic Circle are gorgeous. Posts from our trip will be posted next winter.

      Have great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 2, 2013 @ 17:23 | Reply

  23. These are very interesting photos, and I especially loved the ones of the flowers in the shoes. Your part of the world is so pretty in summer.

    Comment by luchaniktravel — September 2, 2013 @ 08:32 | Reply

    • Thank You.

      We are now on road trip in Lapland which is the Northernmost part of Finland. Sceneries here far beyond the Arctic Circle are gorgeous. Posts from our trip will be posted next winter.

      Have great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 2, 2013 @ 17:24 | Reply

  24. la ultimo foto: gato muy divertido! y … podria hacerme zapatas de ‘birch’? gracias por esta historia y fotos magnificas !

    Comment by betunada — September 4, 2013 @ 06:33 | Reply

    • Hola Betunada.

      Muchas gracias por tu comentario.

      !Que tengas un buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 10, 2013 @ 06:58 | Reply

  25. Bonjour Matti, je pensais que mon commentaire t’était parvenu, mais non. Alors, je te disais combien j’aimais ces promenades à bicyclette, les jolies maisons finlandaises, la nature si verdoyantes et ce marché artisanal où je sais que j’aurais passé des heures ! Que de créativité et de savoir-faire ! Merci.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — September 12, 2013 @ 08:14 | Reply

    • Merci beaucoup Isa d’avoir faite ton visité sur mon blog et laissée ton comentaire tan aimable.

      Bon week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 13, 2013 @ 11:21 | Reply

  26. I’ve been missing in action for quite awhile. I’ve not written a word of anything for maybe 3 months. I’m now trying to catch up to blogs and get back on track.

    This post is wonderful. Those dolls and stuffed animals are an inspiration for my sewing. I will have to put this into my craft file.

    Comment by kareninhonolulu — September 12, 2013 @ 23:43 | Reply

    • Hello Karen.

      Thank You for Your visit and kind comment. Well, I am on pause now and my next post will be next week’s Friday. We spent short vacation in Lapland = Finland’s Northernmost part and walked and hiked there. My posts from our road trip will be published next winter. At this moment I organize my 1417 photos and next week videos taken by my wife.

      I think that it is Okay to have a pause. Next Spring we plan road trip to Germany staying there one month. So pause again.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 13, 2013 @ 11:50 | Reply

  27. What a lovely lifestyle you live!

    Comment by Roberta — September 21, 2013 @ 05:42 | Reply

    • Hi Roberta.

      Thank You. The place is beautiful and many tourists stop there.

      Have a great weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 21, 2013 @ 11:42 | Reply

  28. I want to brace you adventurous spirit and life’s philosophy. This are what unforgettable Summers are made of. Summers I wish to make, share and remember. Magical!

    Comment by Island Traveler — September 23, 2013 @ 12:55 | Reply

    • Hello Island Traveler.

      Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 23, 2013 @ 13:55 | Reply

  29. I’m really touched by these pictures and explanations, because it’s exactly this old vicarage that we’also visited on our trip in Finland. Quelle belle sursprise! Che bella sorpresa! Was für eine schöne Überraschung. Cari saluti dal Ticino

    Comment by Martina Ramsauer — February 8, 2014 @ 15:27 | Reply

    • Hello Martina.

      Thank You. It was really nice to read that You have visited this vicarage which is very near to our home. In summer it takes half an hour to walk and in winter across the lake Saimaa 10 minutes. I guess that You must have been visiting probably Savonlinna or Lappeenranta when passing to Mikkeli. Mikkeli is our new home town since the end of November 2012. It is beautiful and town with old wooden houses are really beautiful. Also the cathedral is inside very beautiful.

      I have made some posts from our home town in summer and in winter. If You are interested to explore them, then just click the Categories to find them. Anyway in this post You see our home just on the opposite if the vicarage:

      Walking on frozen lake.

      Have nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 9, 2014 @ 10:45 | Reply

      • Good evening, yes, in fact, we went to Savonlinna for a concert. Mikkeli seems to be a cozy place, I’m sure you are happy there. Many thanks for your lovely pictures about the town. Of course, winters here seem to be very long, aren’t they? Have a good week. Martina

        Comment by Martina Ramsauer — February 9, 2014 @ 23:03 | Reply

        • Hello Martina.

          Thank You. Many years we have been thinking to visit Savonlinna Opera Festival which are held inside the St. Olaf’s Castle. There are concerts in Mikkeli in our quite new concert house called Mikaeli.

          Every summer there is music festival which last one week. Its greatest artist is world famous opera conductor Valerie Gergiev. He is very busy in the world, but he arranges time for Mikkeli. He loves Mikkeli and the Lake Saimaa where he has summer cottage.

          Have a great start of this week.

          Comment by Sartenada — February 10, 2014 @ 08:39 | Reply

  30. Another interesting incursion into your country habits and landscapes!
    Lovely views and very , very curious details!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — February 9, 2014 @ 11:12 | Reply

    • Ciao Anna.

      How nice that You visited this post. It was very important to me because I live very near to the old vicarage and I wanted to show it beauty and Finnish handcrafts.

      Buona giornata!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 9, 2014 @ 11:53 | Reply

  31. Wonderful post,so enjoyed the bike ,flowers,and the little creative items but what really got my attention was the haystacks. Love how they look in the field . Never have seen it put up like this before.

    Comment by Deb — July 6, 2016 @ 04:32 | Reply

    • Hi Deb.

      I am very glad that You commented this post, which among my favorites. Thank You leaving Your praising comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 6, 2016 @ 10:58 | Reply


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