In the end this copper kettle went home with me ... yep doing a bit of Scandi-Farmhouse!! ❤️❤️❤️
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
We found this amazing couch at a thrift store here. Super comfy, but hubs and two younger missionaries had to haul it up three flights of stairs because it's too tall to fit in the elevator. Oops.
Here's the study area for a companionship of missionaries, back to back desks.
Did you know that IKEA furniture takes an hour and a half to assemble? Yep, neither did I, and with five kits we ended up staying a day longer than planned. Yes, Mr P is a rockstar, must have been all those erector set projects when he was a kid!!
When we were loading our cardboard to take to a recycler, an older man in our parking garage asked if we were moving in ... he was so friendly and had a twinkle in his eye. We were a little sad to admit that the apartment was not for us. I'd would have loved to have had him as a neighbor. (This is not actually him, Finnish law prohibits publishing pics of people without their express permission)
Posted by Pollyanna at 4:08 PM
Monday, November 7, 2016
Last week while out fulfilling our responsibilities we had a chance to see the castle in Turku, Finland. We found out that Turku used to be the 'center' of the area where Finns lived. The country itself is just 100 years old, and it has a history of belonging to both of it neighbors, Sweden and Russia, even though they've had a unique language and culture. We are excited that we will be here in 2017 to celebrate the 100th year since they declared their independence from Russia
The castle was built in the 1200's with additions for 400 years.
As you can see it was built on an enormous rock, we've seen many such rick formations since we've been in Finland.
This is a closeup of the stone walls.
Going through the entrance we were surprised to enter a town square, that was open to the sky.
With dwellings on all sides, leading into other courtyards... the outcropping of the original rock on which the fortress was built coming up through the street.
There are doorways and balconies.
There's even a drawbridge.
The windows have lead dividers, I loved them!!
There was this walkway along one wall
This pictures shows the opening from the second court yard into the larger town square area.
This archway leads to two more open areas, one of which is much later ...
You can see from this shot of the wall that the surrounding wall apartment structure is four and five stories high. The footprint of the fortress is several acres. It was really a town.
We loved our visit and will later go back and do a tour of the apartments, so we can see how people lived 700 to 800 years ago.
Posted by Pollyanna at 1:06 AM