Independence day

Finland celebrates her Independence day on the 6th of December. It is naturally a national holiday and practically everything is closed. In the evening most of the nation turns the tv on for watching the Independence Reception from the Presidential Palace.

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My own independence day started off with a nice Dr Who marathon (great British sci-fi series), continued with a very long photowalk along nearly deserted streets and paths.

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It was snowing practically all day long and walking along the path my head started to play on repeat the classic Christmas song -Walking in a winterwonderland. Lovely song, very annoying when it spins in your head for a while..

Snow started to build up even on the heads of moving people.

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Stream running towards the sea was still mostly open as the it hasn’t been ultra cold yet.

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The bay was however iced up. Not so thick as to be safe for moving around on, but thick enough to carry the built up snow and probably the most brave have been moving on ice already.

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Lights and candles in trees. It is the darkest time of the year over here.

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A small pond was totally frozen up. In the summer this is a nice place to stay and look at the birds swimming in the pond.

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More Christmas lights to cheer us up!

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Snowed in car and the light fading fast. It was time to go inside..

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The independence day was a great day to cook inside and eat rather slowly. This steak was excellent and the cheesed up wedge potatoes with veggies and homemade sauce complimented it nicely. For drink, Julmust, a Swedish Christmas drink. Lovely day all in all.

Kellohalli revisited

Perjantaina Helsinkiin iski Antiksi nimetty lumimyräkkä. Lounasaikaan kuitenkin kaipasimme ruokaa ja taukoa töistä, joten uskaltauduimme ulkoilmaan ja suuntasimme läheiseen Kellohalliin.

On friday a small snowstorm arrived and with it winter proper. At lunch time we braved the climate enough to scramble to the nearby Kellohalli for some food and a break from work.

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Päätös ulos menosta oli täysin nälän aiheuttama, mutta yllätys oli erittäin mieluisa kun lounaslistalla ollut naudanpaisti paahdetuilla perunoilla tuotiin pöytään (luonnollisesti oheen kuului normaali salaatti ja erinomaiset tuoreet leivät).

The decision to go outside came out of sheer necessity to eat something, but boy were we in for a suprise. On the lunch menu there was a rare treat. Beef steak and roasted potatoes. (plus of course the usual salad and bread for starters).

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Naudanlihaa tarjoiltiin mediumina ja näytti heti erittäin lupaavalta. Liha olikin erinomaista, sopivan mureaa ja pestokastike kelpasi oheen erinomaisesti. Paahdetut perunat olivat toimiva lisuke lihalle. Ulosmeno palkittiin 110%:sesti.

The beef steak was served medium and looked delicious. The meat was just right and the pesto sauce was delicious as well. Potatoes and the tomatoes were a nice compliment to the meat. 110% worth going outside in the storm!

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Alkuperäiseen postaukseen Kellohallista voit tutustua täältä.

to my previous post about Kellohalli go here