a German cookbookI have been peeking into some of my late mother-in-law's boxes which my husband brought home from her house, now sold. Her obviously very old handwritten cookbook intrigued me, reminding me a little of my mother's Finnish cookbook. While... [Continue Reading...]
December 6th, 191795 years ago today, Finland declared independence from Russia. Windows with two candles, candles at the graves of former presidents and dead soldiers and a President's Ball which many watch on television. Even Google honours Finland with the special... [Continue Reading...]
ancient doorsI've been off on a tangent today starting with reading blogs, as often happens. I'd been visiting my friend Mouse where curiousity sent me exploring the site of a commenter. Her photos of ancient doors in Provence are so... [Continue Reading...]
on ruinsLong-time blog friend Lucy of Box Elder writes wonderful posts from her home in Brittany. I love her rambling stories and gorgeous photos of her garden and the world she lives in, of forays to explore many interesting towns... [Continue Reading...]
100 yr old printshopThe printmaker in me was fascinated by an article in our paper about Canada's first Chinese print shop still in operation here in Vancouver after a century, run by the third generation of the Lam family and the matriarch.... [Continue Reading...]
motheringMost of us remember our mothers, whether they are still with us or have passed on like mine, on the second Sunday of May in many countries, or on other dates in other places. I like to quietly remember... [Continue Reading...]
Finnish ABCs 2As mentioned earlier about this old Finnish primer, I became most fascinated by the variety of fonts shown side by side. Imagine a young child just learning the ABCs and beginning to read, also learning to read along with... [Continue Reading...]
Finnish ABCsWhen I found my mother's old Finnish cookbook, with it was a little aapinen, a Finnish ABC book or primer. A sad little thing without a cover, unlike this one, so I don't know when it was published, possibly... [Continue Reading...]
a Finnish cookbook
Vancouver's 125thHappy 125th Birthday, Vancouver! Still young and beautiful. Check out the cool video of Vancouver streets in 1907 on the bottom of the linked page. I was surprised to see that the traffic moved on the left back in the... [Continue Reading...]
Beaty Biodiversity Museum - 1One day last week, we made our first visit to Vancouver's new Beaty Biodiversity Museum, located on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC). A teaching and research facility, the museum is now able to showcase UBC's... [Continue Reading...]
language and placeBeing an immigrant and interested in how language, culture and place affect us as individuals and as societies, a couple of months ago I became intrigued by the >Language > Place blog carnival. Edition 4 is now up, hosted by... [Continue Reading...]
math in cuneiformI'm no mathematician but I'd like to point you to a fascinating review in the New York Times: Masters of Math, From Old Babylon. I wish I could see this this exhibition in person, however the online information and... [Continue Reading...]
more Mary AnningIchthyosaur skull, Lyme Regis Museum Some readers may recall a post I wrote about a book which I enjoyed reading while on vacation last spring at our favourite spot on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Yesterday, in my... [Continue Reading...]
saving timePrague Astronomical Clock, photographed on our visit in spring 2002 In most parts of Canada, early Sunday morning our clocks will be adjusted back to regular time (remember "spring forward, fall back"). It used to be at the end... [Continue Reading...]
pumpkin festWishing you all a Happy Halloween, Kekri or Samhain or whatever version of an ancient pagan ritual you may partake in this evening. If you prefer a spookier image than these jolly pumpkins, see this favourite of mine from... [Continue Reading...]
the antique suitcase18546 What journeys has this old suitcase seen? What memories are held within? It began in a suitcase factory in Finland... when? in the 1940's? Who in the family bought it? My own memory is unclear, I think it was... [Continue Reading...]
rare Lascaux photosRare, Unpublished: Lascaux Steer Photo: Ralph Morse/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Jan 01,1947 This is exciting, if you love ancient cave paintings as much as a I do. LIFE.com has a gallery of previously unpublished rare photos, the first... [Continue Reading...]
triskaidekaphobiaAnother new word for me! It is Friday the 13th and though I'm not a sufferer of this 'ailment' I found this article about its history very interesting.... [Continue Reading...]
pruningsStirring my love of both art and history is this wonderful essay by Gary Geddes called The mirror of history shows us who we are - Ancient works of art that reflect life, hardship and the 'yin-yang dance of... [Continue Reading...]
alone in the SistineIn the fall of 1993, my husband and I took a very special, very memorable trip to Italy. Seeing so much of the art, architecture and archeology that I'd studied in art school was literally mind-blowing for me. We... [Continue Reading...]
Alice and algebraimage from wikipedia As you can imagine, art has been my main interest in my life right from when I could hold a crayon. I took art in high school along with the required variety... [Continue Reading...]
acknowledge the pastAs most of you know, the Winter Olympics have been underway here in the Vancouver region. I haven't commented much on it for I'm one of the folks that's been against it mostly because of the extreme costs, commercialism... [Continue Reading...]
William and Kate BlakeI have just finished reading a fascinating book about a famous artist-printmaker-poet and his wife. As a printmaker, I found this passage particularly intriguing to find in a historical novel: William and I began to be real partners in Printing.... [Continue Reading...]
the Greenwich tourBack to my travel diary and our last few but extra busy days in London.... Our 'Londoner' daughter had once taken one of the walking tours of London and enjoyed it so she suggested we all take the Historic Greenwich... [Continue Reading...]
Tunbridge Wells, Joe, HeidiPhotos top to bottom: The Pantiles area, Heidi (in green jacket) and I chatting, and Joe. One of the great delights of our trip to England has been the opportunity to meet a few blog friends.... [Continue Reading...]
Ancient Britain: AveburyLast of our destinations during our day long tour of Ancient Britain was Avebury. Like Stonehenge, Avebury is very well-known and many believe it is the superior stone circle. Certainly it is... [Continue Reading...]
Ancient Britain: Silbury & West KennetSoon after passing the White Horse we could see Silbury Hill, a huge man-made chalk mound near Avebury. It is the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe and one of the world's largest. Composed... [Continue Reading...]
Ancient Britain: White HorsesLeaving Stonehenge, our drive continued on through the lovely Wiltshire countryside towards nearby Avebury, with a few quick highlights along the way. A very quick sighting was of a White Horse, a chalk hill figure. My... [Continue Reading...]
Ancient Britain: StonehengeThe high point of our guided tour of some of Britain's ancient sites has to be Stonehenge. It is so well known, researched and written about that I won't even try to touch... [Continue Reading...]
Ancient Britain: flintOdd title, I know. One of the very interesting tidbits of knowledge passed on by our tour guide was that the Wiltshire region of England, home of the ancient sites we visited on our tour,... [Continue Reading...]
Ancient Britain: Old SarumAfter visiting Salisbury on the first stop of a guided day tour to several ancient sites of Britain, we moved on to nearby Old Sarum. This hilltop is surrounded by banks and ditches with layers of 5,000 years of... [Continue Reading...]
Ancient Britain: SalisburyA highlight of our trip to the UK was a guided day tour to the ancient sites of Salisbury, Old Sarum, Stonehenge, West Kennet, Silbury Hill and Avebury. I don't usually link to commercial sites but this tour pleased us... [Continue Reading...]
February"February was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification... Historical names for February include the Anglo-Saxon terms Solmonath (mud month) and Kale-monath (named for cabbage) as well as Charlemagne's designation Hornung. In Finnish, the month is called... [Continue Reading...]
cease the fightingPablo Picasso: Guernica 1937 (from artquotes.net) I rarely write about politics and wars here yet I must say that I've been unable to put out of my mind the humanitarian disaster in Gaza. Mainstream and alternative media... [Continue Reading...]
locked doorsYesterday at the old shipyards in Steveston, BC (more details to come later). Sept 10th update: see next post. Much later: more from the Old Britannia Shipyard here: artifacts walls if walls could speak... [Continue Reading...]
an English-Finnish dictionary
an immigrant's tool, an almost-bible, a book of days...[Continue Reading...]
on the pierBeing in the area yesterday evening, my husband and I sauntered over to see the 700 foot long Burrard Dry Dock Pier, just east of Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. According to this History of the... [Continue Reading...]
Happy 141st!It's Canada Day today. Despite all the hoopla, crowds and fireworks everywhere, we're just enjoying the holiday around home, puttering about and trying to keep cool in a heat wave. This thoughtful Canada Day meditation, written by a Canadian... [Continue Reading...]
lines of ageThe lines on the rock are like the lines on the face of an elder. What events have created them? Where have these rocks come from? What tumultuous journeys have they suffered? How old are they? ... [Continue Reading...]
Heidi Henderson is a time traveller and author of the blog, Archea, Musings in Natural History.
geologic journeySpotting a seemingly insignificant looking rock like this one now sends me wondering about its history, its journey through millions of years. Thanks to the powerful series Geologic Journey, my view of our world, especially of Canada and... [Continue Reading...]
A story of one Finnish family's immigrant experience.
UPDATE April 28, 2008: I just learned about this exhibition on the same theme: Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and BC is a major feature exhibition at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC's capital. We'll have to see this the next time we go visit!
BC's Finnish settlersNordic Spirit: Early Finnish Settlements in B.C. A gallery presentation of over 100 moving historical images depicting the life and times of the early Finnish settlers on the West Coast Clinton Hall Finn Slough Sointula Webster's Corner and... [Continue Reading...]
Looking back: Joulupukki
Isn't it fascinating how the Santa Claus figure has evolved in different countries? In Finland, the jolly fellow is called 'Joulupukki' and his home is on Korvatunturi Mountain, in Finnish Lapland.
Range Creek Canyon artIt's been awhile since I wrote about rock art... Many of us know about the fantastic collections of native rock art in Utah, USA. The quality and quantity of beautiful rock art in the Range Creek Canyon of Utah first... [Continue Reading...]
Sagrada Família in dangerI still remember well my art school days and the many hours of Art History classes, viewing thousands of slides of art and architecture, sometimes sleepily but often excited. The courses were taken by students of art, architecture and... [Continue Reading...]
dying languagesImage credit: Enduring Voices Project Finnish was my first language. I was five years old when my family emigrated to Canada. Arriving in Winnipeg, I was promptly placed in school, not knowing a word of English. Now that was... [Continue Reading...]
Sámi cultural heritage project
...an interesting, informative and beautifully designed website: Recalling Ancestral Voices, concerning the repatriation of Sámi cultural heritage.
Portraits of Women
A superb collection of women portraits from about 500 years - a video slide show set to music.
International Women's Day 2007Today we are celebrating the achievements of women around the world on this International Women's Day. It's an important way to remember the struggles of women who fought for equality for their sisters and coming generations of women. My... [Continue Reading...]
Reader Bill, knowing my interest in prehistoric art, recently sent me a link to a very informative website. OriginsNet is about "Researching the Origins of Art, Religion, & Mind".
Dream AnatomyI wish you many new successes, new joys, good health, peace and contentment, and abundant creativity. Hauskaa Uutta Vuotta! Bonne année! Allen ein frohes Neues Jahr! Happy New Year! Aboriginal "x-ray style" figure. Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.... [Continue Reading...]
Happy 89th, FinlandHyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää to Finland and my Finnish readers! On December 6, 1917, shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, Finland declared its independence. On this date, 89 years later, Finns are celebrating their country's Independence Day. If you are... [Continue Reading...]
poppy dayWear White Poppies for a culture of peace Today on Remembrance Day in Canada Many thanks to wood s lot who always finds such treasures UPDATE: 8:30 pm. I've just been reading a lovely post about Remembrance Day... [Continue Reading...]
Shanghai in films
Shanghai of the 1930's is the subject of a documentary and the background for a movie...
Sept.11, 1906It's hard to avoid all the nauseous revisiting of the events of five years ago, even in our Canadian media and present government. Unwilling as I am to be drawn into this again, especially since I avoid the subject... [Continue Reading...]
Modern Finnish Ruins
"Abandoned buildings, derelict factories filled with incredible old machines sitting alone in the dark halls with their power turned off for good, or nearly collapsed sawmills rotting silently away in the forest, being reclaimed by nature are the best, most authentic and interactive museums of industrial archaeology and local history....
the human journeyI've been happily lost in my travels through the pages of the Atlas of the Human Journey. I'm always fascinated to learn more about the amazing migration of humans from Africa to all the far corners of the earth.... [Continue Reading...]
postcard from Pier 21Today I received the above intriguing postcard from a cousin (he lives in Victoria). Here's part of what he wrote: "Finally found my way back to our Canadian beginnings. This is a great museum. There are artifacts from the... [Continue Reading...]
Blue BuddhaThis past Monday evening 'The Nature of Things with David Suzuki' presented Blue Buddha: Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine. It traces the odyssey of traditional Tibetan medicine from it's roots in ancient Tibet, to a worldwide interest in it's... [Continue Reading...]
Happy 139th birthday, Canada!On this Canada Day, we have pomp and ceremony in Ottawa, parades, musicals events and fireworks in many communities and many vacationers at cottages and campgrounds. We're at home awaiting family guests, some from the US too. The weather... [Continue Reading...]
...the PBS series How Art Made the World is beginning tonight on your local PBS channel. In Vancouver, that's KCTS 9 from Seattle at 10 pm.
Alberta Trip Days 5 & 6
Heading west towards home, we visited Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, the Frank Slide and Kimberley.[Continue Reading...]
Alberta Trip Day 4
I had a lazy start then went out walking about Lethbridge... I did a bit of shopping, something I rarely do at home, and visited the museum and the art gallery.[Continue Reading...]
Alberta Trip Day 2
Leaving Christina Lake, our journey continued eastward through the beautiful Rocky mountains straddling both BC and Alberta. Once over the other side, the first thing we noticed was the wideness of the rolling almost treeless hills and the wideness of the huge sky above.[Continue Reading...]
Alberta Trip Day I
....we drove the scenic Crowsnest Highway from Hope (east of Vancouver) all the way to Lethbridge, Alberta.[Continue Reading...]