Friday, September 22, 2017

Kaisaniemi Poplar [Daily Photo #540]



Today my husband and I went to the Kaisaniemi botanical garden in Helsinki with my mother and his parents. There's a cool new feature there called Evolution Tree where you can see how plants evolved. Also there were really giant sunflowers, omg! But, I was smitten by a certain tree as soon as we entered the garden, so today's daily is about it!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Frogs [Daily Photo #539]



Ages ago, when I still lived in Mordor, I had started a collection of frog toys and figurines. Later I brought some of them with me, but some were still left behind. Now three more specimens moved here! Here they are.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wolfhound and Other Books [Daily Photo #538]



My mom brought some of my old books yesterday, so of course I must show them to you! First, The Wolfhound series by Maria Semyonova. It's a Slavic fantasy story about a guy called Volkodav (Wolfhound), a quiet and compassionate man from a matriarchal society who didn't exactly intend to become a hero and save people but fate said otherwise. The books are very beautifully written, with a poem in the beginning of each chapter. One of the best parts of the series is a pet bat named Neletuchiy Mysh – in Russian a bat is called letuchaya mysh – 'a flying mouse' =D And this pet bat was injured and couldn't fly, so he was named Neletuchiy Mysh, 'a mouse that doesn't fly'. He travels perched on Volkodav's shoulder. =D There is also a scene where Volkodav rescues a puppy, and that's the kind of fantasy hero that I like! : 3 I really hope they'll translate these books to English one day!

Leaves and Water [Daily Photo #537]


This unusually bright leaf caught my eye today. Actinidia kolomikta?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Autumn in the Woods [Daily Photo #531]



Most green things are still green, but some plants have already started changing their outfits into brows, yellows and reds.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rural or Urban? [Daily Photo #530]


A beautiful field near Leppävaara station.

Who said that cities must be all buildings and roads and no agriculture? ;)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Much Reading [Daily Photo #526]


September 8 is International Literacy Day, so today's daily photo post is booooooks. ^u^ Here are the novels I'm reading / will start reading soon:


from the library:

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Striped Beets and Other Foods [Daily Photo #525]



Did you know that beets can have cute stripes? ^^ As soon as I saw them in Prisma, I knew I had to try them! They taste similar to normal beets, and the stripes fade when cooking, but you can also eat these beets raw.

Fanart: How to Goth by Tyri Matzen


Oops, I drew another I Heart Robot fanart! ^u^ This time it's a liiiittle less colourful. :P

Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Cactus Love [Daily Photo #524]



When I lived in Moscow I had many cacti and other succulents. Our apartment had broad windowsills and lots of light, perfect for a collection of sun-loving plants. Then I moved to Finland and discovered that most apartments here don't really have proper windowsills, it seems. o_O I'm still puzzled by that. Besides, even if we had a sill big enough to put one or two rows of pots, there wasn't enough light in our previous apartment. This apartment, though, has much more light, plus I have a few grow lights for the darker areas. And so, the inevitable happened and I got two cacti the other day because I missed having them around. : 3

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Salaattiasema [Daily Photo #523]



A new place opened in Sello, and we had to check it out! Salaattiasema is a salad paradise, I enjoyed our salad a lot. It had quorn, quinoa, dill cucumbers, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and goat cheese (for my husband, I don't eat it =D).

And then there was romantic coffee in Starbucks.

Art: Nonbinary Demon Hunter for Lex


Dear Lex,
An embarrassingly long time ago you asked if I was going to post any drawings of metalheads. I didn't have any, so I decided to draw one for you and I did! I even scanned it! And then I forgot to post the drawing. >o<;;;;;

But better later than never, right? Allow me to introduce, a nonbinary demon hunter who is very, very metal.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Very Plush [Daily Photo #521]


Today I met a horse in Jysk.

Fanart: Tyri from I Heart Robot


I wasn't planning to draw anything today but this goth girl Tyri kept appearing in my mind's eye with her violin and corsets, and I am very weak and well, goth girls in corsets, you know?? So I sit down to draw her, totally intending to make a simple black-and-white drawing like these ones, but nooo, a voice in my head says “make it colourful, make it red, it will match the cover” and sometimes you gotta listen to those voices when art is concerned, right? So next thing I know, I'm armed with pencils and actually colouring!

...

Two hours later this was completed:

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sello Library [Daily Photo #519]



Today I went to the Sello library and somehow returned more books than I took! (6 books returned, 3 taken. I demand a medal for this achievement of restraint!) Also, I looked at cute art displayed there.

Here are some of the arts!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Reflections in Tea [Daily Photo #518]


Reflections, reflections…

In the glass of black tea.

My May Reading: Manga, Mirrors and Mice



My May reading is introduced to you by Samus Aran!

  • Agatha Christie “They Do It With Mirrors” (Miss Marple #6) [UK]
  • Karuho Shiina “Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 6-8” [Japan]
  • Takako Shimura “Wandering Son, Vol. 8” [Japan]
  • Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Heli Kennedy “Orphan Black: Helsinki” [Canada]
  • Ambelin Kwaymullina “The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf” (The Tribe #1) [Australia]
  • Inverna Lockpez “Cuba: My Revolution” [Cuba, USA]
  • Torben Kuhlmann “Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse” [Germany]

Pillows [Daily Photo #517]



Sometimes I think we have lots of pillows and cushions and sometimes it feels not enough at all. =D

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Short Summer [Daily Photo #516]



This summer had a really slow start (thanks to snow in April and MAY…), and now it's almost autumn, so it feels like it's been an especially short summer. But maybe this autumn will be warm and we can get to enjoy flowers for a bit longer?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017

When You Can't Buy… [Daily Photo #512]



When you can't buy something, take a photo! =D I'm collecting Schleich animal figurines, but I can only buy a new one once I've written a certain amount of words, and I don't have enough for a new toy yet. (My previous reward was this donkey.) I'm working on 3+ things right now, veeeery irregularly, but these rewards help! What better way to stimulate my productivity than a promise of a toy? =D


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

IKEA Noms [Daily Photo #506]



So, yesterday we went to IKEA, and we got some new noms there! Oat smoothies, an instant mate drink and a spice mix. The spice mix is the only thing we haven't tried yet, the rest was delicious!

IKEA Lamps and Toys [Daily Photo #505]



We had lunch at IKEA today, and the lamps above our table looked quite interesting! But, there was barely any light from them…
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