Tuesday, April 27, 2010

From Distant Lands

Here's a photo that Stephen took in Helsinki last week:

A rather jolly red boat - - and what's it surrounded by? Water - - and yes, ice. Helsinki harbour is still partly frozen.

Many people in the South of England think that Leeds is Up North. Helsinki, capital of Finland, really is Up North.

And here's a little island, seen from the overnight ferry between Helsinki and Stockholm.

I love islands! Immediately I want to visit it!

Although Stephen's journey home was very long - two and a half days - some parts of it, like this one, were really interesting.

The future is a funny thing: it doesn't half play tricks on you. If asked, a month ago, why Stephen might be travelling by boat from Helsinki to Stockholm, "because of a volcano erupting in Iceland" would not have been my first guess.

In other Traveller News (ahhh, seamless link there Daphne!) it is lovely to see Silverback again: he has returned from his six-month winter sojourn in Florida. I was pleased by today's sunshine: he has a great suntan and I hope that Britain will provide enough sunshine to keep the tan topped up this summer!


Blogger Yorkshire Pudding said...

I hope that Stephen remembered to bring you a Finnish present. A framed picture of the sauna lady - Tanya - would have been nice - failing that some Finish dishwasher tablets.

12:27 am  
Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

We have something Finnish in our house, but it isn't a picture of Tanya the sauna lady. On our kitchen counter are some pieces of blue-and-white Arabian ware from Finland that I bought in 1969 at the Nordiska Kompaniet department store in Stockholm. "N.K." it's called, but the Swedes say, "Enn Ko".

And may I say it was very thoughtful of you to drive all the way to London to give Ian a ride home from the airport.

2:11 pm  

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