Travels in Finland and abroad

October 27, 2020

Hundreds of turf heads / Cientos de cabezas de turba / Centaines de têtes de tourbe / Cientos de cabezas de turba

In English:

Arctic Circle and Covid-19

Background information.

I know that the title is not the best, but I wanted to point out that during this road trip to the northern parts of Finland, we met reindeers everywhere! The explanation for this is that the area belongs to the northeastern reindeer herding area which is larger than the northwestern area. In 2019, there were 4461 reindeer smashes although due to modern technique to warn about collisions of reindeers. This is so called the reindeer alarm application called in Finnish Porokello. Cons of Porokello (personal opinion): Gives a false feeling of security. Overall ratings of this application are for and against based on the user experiences. Many oncoming cars blinked their headlights to warn about reindeer – it worked great!

General information.

The length of our trip was 2413km / 1499mi. It lasted 10 nights / 11 days. We spent one week in a rented summer cottage by the lake Polojärvi in the north. It was a fully equipped two-storied round log house and its jetty was very cool to sit in it in the afternoon and evenings. Silence was palpable. No sounds of a motorboats or personal watercrafts from the lake disturbed the peace! We visited also Kuusamo, Arctic Circle, Suomussalmi, Kemijärvi (two nights) and one night in Iisalmi on the return trip. On the way we drove 783km / 487mi straight to our destination.

Refutation of that reindeers eat only reindeer lichen. This what I have been taught. In practice we saw that they eat various green plants and their delicacy is fireweed or great willowherb known also rosebay.

Were there a lot of mosquitoes? Not so much! It was amazing because it was claimed in the south! Temperature varied between 15°C / 59°F to 26°C / 79°F. Rainy days: one day partly rain. Some cloudy days yes. General feeling: Successful vacation. Photos taken about 800. Pros: Pure nature, nearby lake, friendly cute reindeers, row boat, gorgeous jetty, peaceful place, own peace, hiking possibilities at 4km / 2.5mi. Cons: car needed, nearest place of shopping at 48km / 30mi.

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Text copied from previous post from 2012. When driving to the South, When driving hours and hours on wooded landscapes, it is always shocking to see suddenly in Suomusalmi hundreds of scarecrows, which are dancing in the wind on a meadow. At first sight they are looking like human beings, because they have cloths on. Very soon it is understood, that they are some kind of scarecrows.
Officially these turf heads are called Silent People. The artist and dancer Reijo Kela created them. What they are, it is everyone to decide, because Reijo Kela do not give the answer to us. Twice a year they change clothes. The people of Workshop of Hanslankarit(odd-job men) in Suomussalmi make the exchange of clothes. That Workshop of Hanslankarit is intended for young people between 17-28 years old. Hanslankarit is giving work for young people and help them better adapt to the working life.

Enjoy my photos from this peculiarity found in Finland.

Welcome to travel around the world with my music!

After travelling in Japan and in USA. it is now the time to fly to Finland. We travel in time back to the 60s and listen to the Agents and their traditional music Ajomies (Conductor).

Enjoy! Next time where to?

3. Agents – Ajomies (Conductor)

En español:

Círculo Polar Ártico y Covid-19

Información de contexto.

Sé que el título no es el mejor, pero quería señalar que durante este viaje por carretera al norte de Finlandia, ¡nos encontramos con renos en todas partes! La explicación de esto es que el área pertenece al área de pastoreo de renos del noreste, que es más grande que el área del noroeste. En 2019, hubo 4461 choques de renos aunque gracias a la tecnología moderna advertimos a los automovilistas sobre posibles colisiones de renos. Esto se llama la aplicación de alarma de renos llamada en finlandés Porokello. Contras de Porokello (opinión personal): Da una falsa sensación de seguridad. Las calificaciones generales de esta aplicación están a favor y en contra de las experiencias del usuario. Muchos autos que se acercaban parpadearon para advertir sobre los renos: ¡funcionó muy bien!

Información general.

La longitud de nuestro viaje fue de 2413 km. Duró 10 noches / 11 días. Pasamos una semana en una cabaña de verano alquilada junto al lago Polojärvi en el norte. Fue una casa de troncos redonda de dos pisos totalmente equipada y su embarcadero fue muy agradable para sentarse en la tarde y la noche. El silencio era palpable. ¡Ningún sonido de lanchas motoras o embarcaciones personales por el lago no perturbó la paz! También visitamos Kuusamo, el Círculo Polar Ártico, Suomussalmi, Kemijärvi (dos noches) y una noche en Iisalmi en el viaje de regreso. En el camino condujimos 783km / 487mi directamente a nuestro destino.

La refutación de que los renos comen solo líquenes de reno. Esto es lo que me han enseñado. En la práctica, vimos que comen varias plantas verdes y su delicadeza es el epilobio o la adelfilla.

¿Habían muchos mosquitos? No mucho! ¡Fue increíble porque fue reclamado en el sur! La temperatura varió entre 15 ° C / 59 ° F a 26 ° C / 79 ° F. Días lluviosos: un día parcialmente lluvioso. Algunos días nublados sí. Sentimiento general: vacaciones exitosas. Fotos sacadas alrededor de 800. Pros: Naturaleza pura, lago cercano, simpáticos renos, bote de remos, embarcadero hermoso, lugar tranquilo, paz propia, posibilidades de senderismo a 4 km / 2.5 mi.Contras: se necesita coche, el lugar de compras (centro comercial) más cercano a 48 km.

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Texto copiado de la publicación anterior de 2012. Al conducir mi carrito azul hacia el sur, despues de horas y horas en paisajes boscosos, es siempre un choque de ver de repente cientos de espantapájaros sobre una pradera de Suomusalmi, y que parecen bailando en el viento. A primera vista se parecen a los seres humanos, porque tienen ropa sobre ellos. Muy pronto, se entiende, que son una especie de espantapájaros.
Oficialmente, estas cabezas de turba estan llamados, la Gente silenciosa. El artista y bailarín Reijo Kela los creó. Qué son, cada uno puede decidir por sí mismo, porque Reijo Kela no danos la respuesta. Dos veces al año se cambie de ropa. La gente del Taller de Hanslankarit (hombres de chapuzas) en Suomussalmi hacen el cambio de ropa. Taller de Hanslankarit está destinado a jóvenes de entre 17-28 años de edad. Hanslankarit está dando trabajo para los jóvenes y ayuda para mejor entrar a mundo del trabajo.

Disfruten Ustedes de mis fotos de esta peculiaridad se encuentra en Finlandia.

Bienvenido a viajar alrededor del mundo con mi música!

Después de viajar a Japón y Estados Unidos. Ahora es el momento de volar a Finlandia. Viajamos en el tiempo hasta los años 60 y escuchamos a los Agents y su música tradicional Ajomies (Conductor).

¡Que aproveche! La próxima vez, ¿a dónde?

3. Ajomies (Conductor)

Cercle polaire arctique et Covid-19 :

Journée de randonnée2

Informations d’arrière-plan

Je sais que le titre n’est pas le meilleur, mais je tenais à préciser que lors de ce road trip dans le nord de la Finlande, on a croisé des rennes partout! L’explication en est que la zone appartient à la zone d’élevage de rennes du nord-est qui est plus grande que la zone nord-ouest. En 2019, il y a eu 4461 collisions de rennes,bien que grâce à une technique moderne prévenir les automobilistes sur collisions possible de rennes. C’est ce qu’on appelle l’application d’alarme de rennes appelée en finnois Porokello. Inconvénients de Porokello (mon opinion personnelle): Donne un faux sentiment de sécurité. Les estimation globale de cette application sont pour et contre basées sur les expériences de l’utilisateurs. De nombreuses voitures venant en sens inverse ont clignoté leurs phares mettent en garde contre les rennes – cela a très bien fonctionné!

Informations générales.

La longueur de notre voyage était de 2413 km / 1499mi. Cela a duré 10 nuits / 11 jours. Nous avons passé une semaine dans un chalet d’été loué au bord du lac Polojärvi dans le nord. C’était une maison en rondins à deux étages entièrement équipée et sa jetée était fantastique pour s’y asseoir l’après-midi et le soir. Le silence était palpable. Aucun bruit de bateaux à moteur ou de motomarines du lac n’a dérangé pas la paix! Nous avons également visité Kuusamo, le cercle polaire arctique, Suomussalmi, Kemijärvi (deux nuits) et une nuit à Iisalmi au retour. Sur le chemin, nous avons conduit 783 km / 487 mi directement jusqu’à notre destination.

La réfutation du fait que les rennes ne mangent que du lichen de renne.C’est ce que j’ai appris. Dans la pratique, nous avons vu qu’ils mangent diverses plantes vertes et que leur délicatesse est antoinette, épilobe en épi, épilobe à feuilles étroites, laurier de Saint-Antoine ou épilobe.

Y avait-il beaucoup de moustiques? Pas tellement! C’était incroyable car c’était affirmé dans le sud! La température variait entre 15 ° C / 59 ° F et 26 ° C / 79 ° F. Jours pluvieux: un jour partiellement pluvieux. Quelques jours nuageux oui. Sentiment général: vacances réussies. Photos prises environ 800. Avantages: nature pure, lac à proximité, rennes sympathiques et mignons, bateau à rames, magnifique jetée, endroit paisible, calme, possibilités de randonnée à 4 km. Inconvénients: voiture nécessaire, magasin le plus proche à 48 km / 30mi.

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Texte copié d’un article précédent de 2012.

Quand on conduit vers le Sud, pendant les heures et les heures passent par les paysages boisés, c’est est toujours choquant de voir tout à coup des centaines d’épouvantails á Suomusalmi, qui dansent dans le vent sur un pré. A première vue, ils paraissent comme des êtres humains, parce qu’ils ont des vêtements sur eux. Illico c’est entendu que, qu’ils sont une sorte d’épouvantails.
Officiellement ces têtes de tourbe sont appelés Les gens silencieux. L’artiste et danseur Reijo Kela les a créés. Qu’est-ce qu’ils sont, chacun le doit décider lui-même, parce Reijo Kela ne donne pas la réponse à nous. Deux fois par année, les épouvantails changent de vêtements. Les gens de l’Atelier des Hanslankarit (irrégulier d’emplois des hommes) à Suomussalmi font l’échange de vêtements. Le l’atelier d’Hanslankarit est destiné aux jeunes entre 17-28 ans. Hanslankarit donnent du travail pour les jeunes et les aide à mieux saisir le monde du travail.
Dégustez de mes photos de cette particularité en Finlande.

Bienvenue à voyager autour du monde avec ma musique!

Après avoir voyagé au Japon et aux Etats-Unis, il est maintenant temps de prendre l’avion pour la Finlande. Nous voyageons dans le temps jusqu’aux années 60 et écoutons les Agents et leur musique traditionnelle Ajomies (chef d’orchestre).

Profitez bien! La prochaine fois où?

3. Ajomies (Conducteur)

Em português:

Círculo Polar Ártico e Covid-19

Informações básicas.

Eu sei que o título não é o melhor, mas eu queria apontar que durante essa viagem às partes do norte da Finlândia, encontramos renas em toda parte! A explicação por isso é que a área pertence à área de pastagem de renas do nordeste, que é maior que a área do noroeste. Em 2019, houve 4461 acidentes com renas, embora devido à técnica moderna para avisar sobre renas. Isto se chama a aplicação de alarme de renas chamado Porokello em finlandês. Contras de Porokello (opinião pessoal): Dá uma falsa sensação de segurança. As classificações gerais deste aplicativo são a favor e contra com base nas experiências do usuário. Muitos carros que se aproximavam nos piscaram de luzes da frente, para avisar sobre as renas – funcionou muito bem!

Informação geral.

A duração da nossa viagem foi de 2413 km / 1499mi. Durou 10 noites / 11 dias. Passamos uma semana em uma cabana de verão alugada no lago Polojärvi, no norte. Era uma casa de madeira redonda de dois andares, totalmente equipada, e o seu cais era muito legal para ficar sentado à tarde e à noite. O silêncio era palpávell. Nenhum som de barcos a motor ou veículos aquáticos pessoais do lago perturbou a paz! Também visitamos em Kuusamo, no Círculo Ártico, em Suomussalmi, em Kemijärvi (duas noites) e uma noite em Iisalmi na volta. Na viagem de ida, dirigimos 783 km / 487mi direto para o nosso destino.

A refutação de que as renas comem apenas líquen. Isto é o que me ensinaram. Na prática, vimos que eles comem várias plantas verdes e a sua iguaria é Epilobium angustifolium.

Havia muitos mosquitos lá? Não muito! Foi incrível porque foi alegado no sul! A temperatura variou entre 15 ° C / 59 ° F e 26 ° C / 79 ° F. Os dias chuvosos: um dia parcialmente chuvoso. Alguns dias chuvosos sim. Sensação geral: férias de sucesso. Fotos tiradas aproximadamente 800. Prós: A natureza pura, um lago nas proximidades, as renas fofas e amigáveis, um barco a remo, um cais lindo, local tranquilo, paz própria, possibilidades de caminhadas a 4km.Contras: um carro ou taxi é necessário, o centro comercial mais próximo a 48km / 30mi.

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Texto copiado da postagem anterior de 2012.

Ao dirigir para o sul, por horas e horas passando pelas paisagens arborizadas, é sempre chocante de repente ver centenas de espantalhos em Suomusalmi, dançando ao vento em um prado. À primeira vista, parecem seres humanos, porque estão vestidos com roupas. Rapidamente entende-se que, que eles são uma espécie de espantalho.

Oficialmente, essas cabeças turfeiras são chamadas de Pessoas Silenciosas. O artista e dançarino Reijo Kela os criou. O que são, cada um tem que decidir por si, porque Reijo Kela não nos dá a resposta. Duas vezes por ano, os espantalhos trocam de roupa. As pessoas da Oficina Hanslankarit (trabalho irregular de homens) em Suomussalmi trocam roupas. O workshop Hanslankarit é direcionado a jovens entre 17 e 28 anos. Hanslankarit oferece trabalho para jovens e os ajuda a entender melhor o mundo do trabalho.

Aproveite minhas fotos dessa peculiaridade na Finlândia.

Bem-vindo a viajar volta ao mundo com minha música!

Depois de viajar no Japão e depois a viagem para nos EUA, agora é a hora de voar para a Finlândia. Viajamos no tempo de volta aos anos 60 e ouvimos os Agentes e sua música tradicional Ajomies (Maestro).

Desfrute! Na próxima vez, para onde?

3. Ajomies (Condutor)

Links / Enlaces / Liens / Ligações:

Silent People / Gente silenciosa / Gens silencieux

South of the Arctic Circle 2 / Sur del Círculo Polar 2 / Sud du Cercle arctique 2

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Links / Enlaces / Liens / Ligações:

Silent People / Gente silenciosa / Gens silencieux(2009)

South of the Arctic Circle 2 / Sur del Círculo Polar 2 / Sud du Cercle arctique 2 (2012)

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  1. Je crois que cela va bien avec Halloween, ne dirait-on pas une armée de morts-vivants partant faire la fête?

    Comment by Lookoom — October 27, 2020 @ 07:30 | Reply

    • Bonjour Lookom.

      Oui, c’est ca. Pouvez-vous imaginer leur rendre visite la nuit? Merci beaucoup, ravi que cela te plaise.

      Bonne journée à toi.

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 08:18 | Reply

  2. I thought they were people! It could be quite spooky though if you’d see the Silent People at nighttime. 🙂

    Comment by We Travel Happy — October 27, 2020 @ 07:37 | Reply

    • Hello.

      When seeing them for the first time, I also thought that they are people who came to visit some exhibition. Suddenly the truth reveled that…

      To see them in the night could be spooky, except in mid-summer time when sun never sets! Thank you.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 08:27 | Reply

      • Oh yeah, summer nights in your part of world are always amazing 🙂

        Comment by We Travel Happy — October 28, 2020 @ 07:55 | Reply

  3. Glad you had the chance to travel. The turf heads are amazing.

    Comment by leggypeggy — October 27, 2020 @ 07:52 | Reply

    • Hi Peggy.

      This happened in summer and then there was slightly coronavirus; maybe couple of cases. Yet today the situation is quite similar. Thank you commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 08:34 | Reply

  4. What an unusual and amazing sight. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Comment by Cathy — October 27, 2020 @ 09:53 | Reply

    • Hi Cathy.

      Unusual in our eyes also, They have different clothes in winter and summer. Last time when we saw them, they were wearing T-shorts round the world. Then it was windy and showed in my video. Thank you commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 10:27 | Reply

  5. That’s both wonderfully strange and strangely wonderful! As ever, Matti, thalnk you for showing us them.

    Comment by Stella — October 27, 2020 @ 09:56 | Reply

    • Hi Stella.

      When thinking that they are in the middle nowhere, it is big surprise to see them on a field. Thank you,

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 10:29 | Reply

  6. What fun to see all these figures standing in the grass.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — October 27, 2020 @ 10:09 | Reply

    • Hi Carol.

      More fun is to walk among them. I am glad that you loved them and left your kind comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 10:35 | Reply

  7. Hello!
    Are these all scarecrows made by the artist? Wonderful☺ Scarecrows can be seen in Japan as well, but there are only amateur works, and few artists have made them.Have a good day!

    Comment by wakasahs15th — October 27, 2020 @ 10:11 | Reply

    • Hello wakasahs15th.

      The meaning of these is not to be scarecrows, but look like them. Amateur people make two times a year. Clothes doors donations!

      Thank loving my post and commenting.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 10:43 | Reply

  8. Wow! That is an amazing site to see
    Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by 100 Country Trek — October 27, 2020 @ 12:11 | Reply

    • Hello Anita.

      I am glad that you loved my pics. They are amazing to us, although we have seen them twice before. They change clothes (winter & summer) every year twice. Thank you.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 12:16 | Reply

  9. This is a unique and unexpected scene – great photos!

    Comment by Meg — October 27, 2020 @ 12:24 | Reply

    • Hi Meg.

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 12:27 | Reply

  10. How wonderful Matti. These turf heads are so much more than our scarecrows and how marvellous that they are dressed accordingly for the season! Thank you for bringing them to my attention. Marion

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller — October 27, 2020 @ 12:27 | Reply

    • Hello Marion.

      Thank you commenting. Some year, someday, rent a car and explore our hidden wonders.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 12:30 | Reply

  11. Hello!
    They are very humorous pics which are like audience join music festival.
    Everyone wears colorful clothes and looks happy.
    Oh, there are scarecrows who is wearing mask and Moomin T-shirt!
    They are keeping their social distance under the blue sky. 🙂
    Thank you for your wonderful pics today, too. I enjoyed them.
    Please take care of your health.
    Kiitos!

    Misa

    Comment by Misa — October 27, 2020 @ 12:40 | Reply

    • Hello Misa.

      You did notice the thing which we didn’t -> They are keeping their social distance!!! 🙂 健康を維持する! どうもありがとう

      素敵な1日を!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 12:49 | Reply

  12. Very strange but also rather interesting. As you say their clothes get changed sometimes, funny. They do look very nice and have lovely dresses etc on, even with handbags some of them. I love it. 🙂

    Comment by utesmile — October 27, 2020 @ 12:44 | Reply

    • Hello Ute.

      Thank you. Previously they had T-shirts and now Ladies presented their skirts and handbags. We liked the clothes a lot and the accompanying humor.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 12:53 | Reply

  13. Es un verdadero lujo viajar contigo a través de tus relatos y fotos, Matti. Hoy la sorpresa ha sido muy original y colorista, me parece estupendo el proyecto. Respecto a la música instrumental de Ajomies me ha parecido muy buena y relajante. Gracias por tus maravillosas fotos y por estos complementos musicales.
    Feliz día y un gran abrazo!

    Comment by Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós — October 27, 2020 @ 12:49 | Reply

    • Hola Isabel.

      Me alegra que te haya gustado este post. ¡También tus amables palabras sobre mi música llegaron directamente a mi corazón! ¡Arco profundo!

      Un fuerte abrazo.

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 13:03 | Reply

  14. WOW! Cool and interesting! Great pics as always ! Bye. Kamila

    Comment by Kamila Pala — October 27, 2020 @ 13:41 | Reply

    • Hello Kamila.

      Thank you leaving your praising comment!

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 15:39 | Reply

  15. What a wonderful crowd these turf-heads are making!

    Comment by Peter Klopp — October 27, 2020 @ 16:06 | Reply

    • Hello Peter.

      Thank you for your kind comment. I am glad that you loved my photos. After two weeks you can visit Germany thru my pics.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 16:11 | Reply

  16. What an amazing sight! The variety of clothes on the turf heads is fascinating. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Comment by seniorhiker — October 27, 2020 @ 16:40 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Amazing is the correct word indeed. Thank you visiting my blog and this post, which is important to me. Thank you.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2020 @ 16:52 | Reply

  17. I love these! What fun Sartenada. We love all kinds of outdoor art, and you’ve captured these turf heads/people really well.

    Comment by viviennemackie — October 27, 2020 @ 17:16 | Reply

    • Hello Vivienne.

      The idea of these great. My hat to them who changes clothes twice a year and take care of them between changes. Thank you for your lovely comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 28, 2020 @ 07:41 | Reply

  18. I stopped to say hi to Hiljainen Kansa last year. These heyhead folks were socially distancing before it was even a thing!

    Comment by Sirri — October 27, 2020 @ 17:52 | Reply

    • Hi Sirri.

      I am glad that you have seen these live! Thank you for your kind comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 28, 2020 @ 07:50 | Reply

  19. It’s very interesting site.
    I was surprised at the number of them.

    Comment by 洋子 — October 27, 2020 @ 18:04 | Reply

    • Hello Yoko-san.

      This is surprising for everybody. When driving there this comes so suddenly, that people do not know to break or not to brake. Thank you commenting.

      素敵な1日を!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 28, 2020 @ 07:57 | Reply

  20. Je suis impressionné par la foule des “têtes de tourbe’ Et en plus certains de leur vêtements sont de très bonne qualité!
    Vous avez vraiment fait un beau voyage en Finlande du Nord.
    Où aura lieu le prochain ? 🙂
    Amitiés
    Michel

    Comment by fauquetmichel — October 27, 2020 @ 20:32 | Reply

    • Bonjour Michel.

      Où la prochaine fois? Eh bien, tout dépend du coronavirus. Ma femme rêve de visiter l’Italie, car elle apprend l’italien. L’automne prochain, nous visitons à nouveau la Laponie sur l’endroit où nous avons été. Il y a d’excellentes possibilités de randonnée et la dernière fois, nous n’avons pas eu assez de temps.

      Avez-vous testé le nouvel éditeur Gutenberg? Je trouve difficile à utiliser. Que faire lorsqu’il est obligatoire d’utiliser au début de 2022? J’ai vérifié récemment Canalblog et OverBlog. Je sais qu’il est trop tôt pour y penser, mais le temps passe vite. Bonne journée à vous.

      Amitiés,
      Matti
      vous.

      Comment by Sartenada — October 28, 2020 @ 08:18 | Reply

      • I think, Matty the WP editor I use is working well for me but I did not know it was called Gutemberg . You teach me ! 🙂

        Comment by fauquetmichel — October 28, 2020 @ 20:51 | Reply

        • Bonjour Michel.

          L’ancien éditeur est facile à utiliser, mais le nouveau appelé Gutenberg me donne mal à la tête. Si cela ne vous dérange pas, je donne plus d’informations sur votre blog. Je donne quelques liens et après les avoir lus, vous pouvez rechercher plus sur Internet. L’ancien éditeur prendra fin à la fin de 2021. Je sais que je suis “en avance”, mais J’aimerais continuer ce blog en 2022, sinon j’en trouverai un autre.

          Bon journée mon ami.

          Comment by Sartenada — October 29, 2020 @ 07:40 | Reply

  21. This reminded me of one of the highlights of my travels around Nova Scotia, my first time there ten years ago. I’ve posted photos from that collection of scarecrows on my blog: https://kayak2016blog.wordpress.com/2020/10/27/cape-breton-scarecrows/ Thank you for bringing back fond memories!

    Comment by kayak2016blog — October 27, 2020 @ 21:27 | Reply

    • Hello.

      I comment your post. Great post which I do love. Thank you for your comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 28, 2020 @ 08:22 | Reply

  22. Hello Matti, what an unusual and real fascinating sight: scarecrows in company! 🙂 For a couple of seconds one might think real people are meeting and a party is given on this field. All dressed up cheerfully and colourfully. What a great idea these turf heads or “Silent People” created by Reijo Kela! I even discovered some wearing masks! The only sign or hint that you were visiting them during the pandemy.
    Thanks for showing such a special event! I am really delighted that they even change clothes according to season and liked to read about those who are caring for it.

    Have a nice week and best regards (after quite a while …)
    Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — October 27, 2020 @ 22:39 | Reply

    • Hello Michèle.

      What a lovely surprise your visit is!!! I am very glad for your comment. Although we have seen them twice earlier, they earlier still surprised us. I wish all the best to you and yours.

      Viele Grüße,
      Matti und Anja

      Comment by Sartenada — October 28, 2020 @ 08:40 | Reply

  23. How strange to come across a field of so many people and discover they are not real. It is certainly an interesting art installation and I like the fact the clothes are changed twice a year to provide work for those looking to get back into the workforce.

    Comment by suth2 — October 28, 2020 @ 00:10 | Reply

    • Hello.

      Thank you. This is such an installation that you cannot expect in the middle of nowhere! I am glad that you loved my post.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 28, 2020 @ 08:44 | Reply

  24. What an amazing sight. It would be impossible to drive by this scene without stopping.

    Comment by tanjabrittonwriter — October 28, 2020 @ 04:02 | Reply

    • Hello Tanja.

      Just so, it is impossible to bypass it. I am glad that you enjoyed my post. Thank you.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 28, 2020 @ 08:50 | Reply

      • Yes, very striking a sight. Having never heard of turf heads, I enjoyed learning about them.
        All the best,
        Tanja

        Comment by tanjabrittonwriter — October 28, 2020 @ 21:46 | Reply

        • Hello Tanja.

          Thank you for your kind comment.

          Have a good day!

          Comment by Sartenada — October 29, 2020 @ 10:23 | Reply

  25. I’ve never heard of turf heads until your post! Are they a Finnish tradition, by any chance? Really cool you’re spending more of your time traveling domestically and seeing more of your country’s beauty! Keep going, and stay safe!

    Comment by Rebecca — October 28, 2020 @ 04:46 | Reply

    • Hi Rebecca.

      It is not Finnish tradition! The idea was given by the dancer of Reijo Kela. In fact, some individuals have used this idea on their own field in a small measure. I am glad that you commented my post. Thank you.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 28, 2020 @ 08:59 | Reply

  26. Impressive and very curious!

    Comment by dulcedelgado — October 28, 2020 @ 15:16 | Reply

  27. How courteous that fellow drivers blink their headlights to advise of reindeer on the run or even crossing the street – very nice and I can’t say if American drivers do such a courtesy. We have most of our vehicle/deer crashes in the northern suburbs where there are more wooded areas and most of the homes are large with no fences around them. Lots of deer running after one another during breeding season which is from mid-October to mid-November. Hunting season with bow-and arrow has begun in Michigan and firearms deer hunting season begins on November 15th. Being a nature/animal lover, I hate seeing the hunters return from up north with a deer carcass slung across the vehicle roof. But that is me. I heard yesterday that there are not as many hunters now as young people don’t like being outside and prefer their computers to the great outdoors.

    We have “yard art” or “garden art” here but this takes that concept to a whole new level. It was amazing to see all the “turf heads” … these would be the Finnish version of our scarecrows Matti? I would daresay that all the American scarecrows these days are fabricated at the store and have a paper-type “hair” that is known as “raffia” … probably the only genuine scarecrows these days would be made by a genuine farmer. It was interesting to see all these scarecrows as far as the eye can see and thank you for the music to accompany your post. Have a good day Matti!

    Comment by Linda Schaub — October 29, 2020 @ 02:28 | Reply

    • Hi Linda.

      I am glad that you commented this post and loved its contents with photos. Thank you.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 29, 2020 @ 10:25 | Reply

      • Hi Matti – I enjoyed the post – I have never seen or heard of Turf Heads before. I have a collection of scarecrows I will be using at Thanksgiving but they are all individual scarecrows that I’ve seen in the neighborhood.

        Comment by Linda Schaub — October 30, 2020 @ 02:49 | Reply

        • Hello Linda.

          Scarecrows are scary as the name tells. What about if there could exist “happy looking” Scarecrows? Has anybody ever tested my idea there?

          Have a great day!

          Comment by Sartenada — October 30, 2020 @ 07:38 | Reply

          • I have a collection of happy-looking scarecrows to share on November 26th -they are all smiling, like these two from a few years ago:
            https://lindaschaubblog.net/2017/09/24/makin-hay-while-the-sun-shines/

            Comment by Linda Schaub — October 31, 2020 @ 02:59 | Reply

            • Hi Linda.

              Very nice! I enjoyed them very much. Thank you.

              Happy weekend!

              Comment by Sartenada — October 31, 2020 @ 08:30 | Reply

              • Glad you liked them Matti – stay tuned for November 26th! We had a very nice weather day here – tomorrow snow flurries and high winds. Remember just one week ago it was 80 degrees F/26C? Enjoy your Sunday – mine will be spent indoors … no use raking leaves with snow and high winds around.

                Comment by Linda Schaub — November 1, 2020 @ 03:39 | Reply

                • Hi Linda.

                  Well, I’ll wait for that special day. The weather seems to change heavily there. Thank you.

                  Happy Sunday!

                  Comment by Sartenada — November 1, 2020 @ 07:53 | Reply

                  • OK, it was nothing nice today – rain and high winds and now it is snowing, but won’t stick (thankfully). You have a good Monday Matti!

                    Comment by Linda Schaub — November 2, 2020 @ 04:49 | Reply

  28. The hundreds of turf heads, or silent people are so fascinating. They really do look like a crowd of people. Wonderful that the Workshop of Hanslankarit is preparing the young people for working life. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    Comment by Canuck Carl — October 29, 2020 @ 13:12 | Reply

    • Hi Carl.

      How nice comment! I am glad that you loved my pics. Thank you.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 29, 2020 @ 13:14 | Reply

      • You are welcome. Have a great day yourself! 🙂

        Comment by Canuck Carl — October 29, 2020 @ 13:54 | Reply

  29. Gracias Sartenada por enseñarnos tantas cosas curiosas de Finlandia. Me he quedado loca con los espantapájaros cabeza de turba jeje. Que de incógnitas, porqué se les cambia la ropa dos veces al año, es que es realmente curioso, me ha encantado. Vaya pedazo de viaje os pegasteis wow, mas de dos mil kilometros, que maravilla¡¡¡ Lo de la app de los renos si funcionara sería genial. Un abrazo y pasa muy buen fin de semana☺

    Comment by vagandopormundopolis — October 29, 2020 @ 20:23 | Reply

    • Hola Bea.

      Me alegra que te haya gustado este post. Bueno, estos son extraños incluso para nosotros los finlandeses. Habiéndolos visto ahora tres veces, he dicho que son un gran objetivo para fotografiar.

      Agradable día y un fuerte abrazo.

      Comment by Sartenada — October 30, 2020 @ 07:33 | Reply

  30. Hello Mr. Matti,
    At first glance, I thought this a large crowd of people – you can imagine how surprised I was to see hundreds of such vivid turf heads! Really interesting and fascinating. Thank you for sharing, and I hope you are staying well!

    Comment by T Ibara Photo — October 31, 2020 @ 14:43 | Reply

    • Hello Takami.

      You can imagine that when seeing these live, the surprise everyone. I was glad that you loved my pics. Thank you for your kind comment.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 1, 2020 @ 07:50 | Reply

  31. This is 案山子???
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarecrow

    I’m happy for looking your photos.
    You have goo sense!
    Thank you very much!

    Comment by キース — November 1, 2020 @ 08:43 | Reply

  32. They make similar effigies around here, close to Liverpool. They leave them in gardens and at the side of the road. They can take you by surprise.

    Comment by graham mcquade — November 6, 2020 @ 12:52 | Reply

    • Hello Graham.

      I am glad for your visit and I appreciate your comment. Thank you.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2020 @ 13:00 | Reply

  33. This is so interesting ! Thank you for posting. It is a part of the world I have never seen.

    Comment by Walks Across — November 24, 2020 @ 13:09 | Reply

    • Hello Walks Across.

      Thank you leaving your praising comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 24, 2020 @ 13:11 | Reply


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