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Views of Vancouver from Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver. That's Mt. Baker in Washington state showing faintly in the lower photo. The small image size doesn't do justice to the amazing panorama. This is a quick wave to say... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/09/2013 | 11 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home



During these long hot and dry summer days I often feel as if time moves very slowly, or I move slowly as if through molasses. Yet, suddenly it is mid-August. We've had very busy days all summer with much... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/08/2013 | 7 comments
themes: Blogging, Home, Other artists


deer & rain

rain and deer, not reindeer dear rain, dear deer doe, a doe, a female deer fawn, a fawn, a junior deer A vision of grace and beauty in our backyard a couple of days ago. A stroll through the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/08/2013 | 10 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


dawn & dusk

It is too hot to think or do anything physical. We're on day 26 of no rain, afternoon temperatures in the high 20's C (low 80's F) with mid to high humidity - on the way to possible records... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/07/2013 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home



More intriguing investigations that occur while out gardening...... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/06/2013 | 10 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks



It's the season for the flowering plants and various cuttings which have wintered over indoors to move outdoors for the summer. As I care for them I note again that a majority are pink. Is pink really the the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/06/2013 | 17 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks


Victoria Day flowers

A peek at the back rhododendron garden on this Victoria Day long weekend. The bees are buzzing about drunkenly, not letting me get too close. Busy days continue. Tomorrow a cousin from Finland comes to visit!... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/05/2013 | 4 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


a German cookbook

I 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...]

Marja-Leena | 15/05/2013 | 16 comments
themes: Books, Found Objects, History, Home, Photoworks


silken twine

a crocheted silk lace piano scarf made by my late mother-in-law many decades ago bringing forth memories of it gracing her piano Joy and woe are woven fine, A clothing for the soul divine. Under every grief and pine... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/05/2013 | 22 comments
themes: Home, Photoworks, Textures


too many goodbyes

Sunday was spent traveling to the Victoria area on Vancouver Island for my late aunt's 'remembering'... a sweet event, lovingly and artistically arranged by her daughter, my cousin, at her charming lakeside cottage home. Heartwarming stories and memories shared... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/04/2013 | 11 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Current Events, Home



looking up, looking under and looking down while awaiting arrival of old friends on this beautiful Earth Day... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/04/2013 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


flying trees

As I've mentioned before, a brand new home has been emerging next door to us. Landscaping appears to now be underway and numerous large trees are flying in! Actually a crane is lifting them off trucks and into their... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/04/2013 | 6 comments
themes: Home


a busy month

Like September, April is a busy and transitional month for me. Instead of going to 'school' aka the print studio, I go through the reverse. Last week I packed up and brought home my completed editions and supplies. To... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/04/2013 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


Easter eggs

My hand goes out to you, gentle readers, with wishes for a sunny, warm and happy Easter long weekend. Hauskaa Pääsiäistä, Joyeuses Pâques, Frohes Ostern, Happy Easter... if that is a tradition for you. I like to think of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/03/2013 | 14 comments
themes: Culture, Home, Human, Photoworks



mild with very heavy rains a swamp in the yard buds burst forth March is named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture and an ancestor of the Roman people...... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/03/2013 | 8 comments
themes: Home


a fungi find

In the corner of our backyard is an area that I call our woodland garden with its tree-sized rhododendrons, camellia and other shrubs. It's a delight for children to hide and run under. A few days ago as we... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/03/2013 | 15 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks


on Mt. Seymour

"Opa" took the granddaughters up to the mountain for some sledding and captured some striking photographs which he's allowing me to share here. I love that clean bright snow, those moody skies and that beady-eyed raven hoping for a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/02/2013 | 16 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home



Here she is 'dressed to the nines' for her ninth blog anniversary today, with a wish to extend warmest thank yous to all readers for your visits, comments, conversations and friendship over these years. Though I post less frequently... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/02/2013 | 23 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Home


last day of 2012

A few scenes from this afternoon's walk... how I love the dark lines and silhouettes of the trees against bright water and sky. I love those white clouds and patches of blue behind. As I wrote five years ago:... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/12/2012 | 13 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, Films, Home, Other artists


Winter Story 2012

Granddaughter Lael's annual Winter Story is now up! Daddy does the difficult part of animating her drawings, as he has done since 2003. Lael's family sends this unique greeting out to all their friends and family for Christmas -... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/12/2012 | 3 comments
themes: Culture, Home, Other artists


Christmas card

As mentioned previously, my current art work is centered around images of hands with objects. Thus came the inspiration for this year's Christmas card, with both our granddaughters' hands holding a Nordic straw Christmas ornament. Giving a gift. I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/12/2012 | 26 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Current Events, Home


morning snow

a lovely scene to awaken upon catching falling snow snow lace on skylight and a paper snowflake while writing here the piano is being tuned in the next room with curious girls watching looking forward to violin/piano duets Christmas... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/12/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home



Interesting date today, isn't it? This sent me for a quick look through my archives for posts on past December 12s. On December 12th, 2005, I wrote about juggling the many roles in my life in this busiest time... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/12/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Culture, Current Events, Home


fog and sun

8:12 a.m., November 15th, 2012 In a very wet month, a rare moment of brilliant light mirrored in water softened by fog (Compare to November 19th, 2008)... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/11/2012 | 9 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks


deer, oh dear

Some of us were out this morning at violin lessons and running errands. During our last stop, a message came from home with an image of deer in our backyard! At home, we heard about how they had come... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/10/2012 | 14 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home, Neat stuff



Yesterday's surprise when the clouds lifted: the mountain tops dressed in white. Beautiful - the first of this fall. The weather report warned of a chance of frost overnight: I scrambled to take cuttings of some of my pelargoniums... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/10/2012 | 16 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


it's raining

... it's pouring, thundering on skylights, roofs and decks, gardens become sated with drink after a long drought, three days of rain after months of scarcely a drop, still more watery days to continue remembering one magical sight of white... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/10/2012 | 9 comments
themes: Home


giving thanks

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. I first wrote about it in 2004, for myself as I researched its roots, and for readers unfamiliar with the Canadian custom that is held much earlier than its American version. In our... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/10/2012 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Home



1. Garden: We had a record dry August and September here, and still no rain. I have trouble keeping up with watering. With cooling nights now, the last of the tomatoes were harvested, with the green ones ripening in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/10/2012 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


autumn equinox

One day last week when I was leaving the studio and walking back to my car, the changing colours on the trees and shrubs along the path made me slow down to enjoy them. Feeling as if I were... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/09/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home


signs of autumn

- when a grandchild brings you a couple of leaves in the colours of fall - when going back to the print studio feels like going back to school - when dear artist friends gather together again after a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/09/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home, Nature, Photoworks


the bowl breaks (2)

More fragments, shards, the saving of memories present to past... all themes in my printworks and photoworks Please see the bowl breaks (1) for the update should you have missed it.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/09/2012 | 5 comments
themes: Home, Photoworks, Textures


the bowl breaks (1)

... an addition to my 'breaks' series of a sort, with more photos to come... Added the next day, this note from Elisa, whose bowl this was: One of the casualties of our return from the English countryside to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/09/2012 | 11 comments
themes: Home, Photoworks, Textures



Hazelnuts or filberts drying in the sun granddaughters picked this first crop ever to be harvested from our tree only because we cut it down before the squirrels got them all a tree that was planted by squirrels in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/09/2012 | 16 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks



still hot and humid, even last night wilting, dripping, headachy, cranky Fading like these flowers (the name** has escaped me - anyone?). I did manage to register for a space this fall in the printmaking studio, swallowing a huge... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/08/2012 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


afternoon shadows

late afternoon shadow play by plants not hands behind curtains still hot, mid to high 20s blessedly cooler nights hinting autumn... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/08/2012 | 12 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks


art in the garden

As regular readers know, one of our daughters and her two girls have been back here from England for some time. Their father is now also here for a month. Our eldest daughter has joined us for the weekend,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/08/2012 | 9 comments
themes: Home



heat haze at 10:00 am A heat wave persists with the hottest day yet on Sunday breaking some records here and there, 34C (93F) in our backyard. A brief break yesterday afternoon on a holiday long weekend with cloud... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/08/2012 | 13 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home



Up close to a few of the flowers in the garden, indoors and out... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/07/2012 | 12 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks


suddenly, summer

After a miserable spring and the coldest, wettest June ever, climaxing in a terrific downpour a week ago, summer has suddenly arrived with the heatwave from eastern North America. Afternoons are suddenly reaching 30C (86F)! Must. Not. Complain.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/07/2012 | 10 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


coffee & cake

Yesterday, we had friends Marianna and Terry come for a visit. The time flew as we talked and talked over coffee and cake in the European tradition, as Marianna wrote, so common to Germans, Swiss, Finns and others. Soon... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/07/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Blogging, Home


Canada Day weekend

Hope Canadians had a great Canada Day yesterday! It was thankfully a dry, warm and sometimes sunny day around Vancouver for those out to see parades and fireworks or going to backyard pool and BBQ gatherings with family annd... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/07/2012 | 11 comments
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC, Home



Life is happily busy with family. As you probably know, our 'English' family arrived over two weeks ago. Yesterday our eldest daughter arrived for a weekend visit from where she lives about five hours away by car, so all... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/06/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Current Events, Home


still here

...and still busy with the spring projects. The new wood floor in the bedroom is done; work on the adjoining bathroom is in progress. The whole house is dusty and messy with displaced furniture and may be for a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/05/2012 | 3 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


May flowers

a part of a larger flower cluster of choisya, Mexican orange, with a heavenly scent a pretty wild creeper with tiny flowers and leaves that grows up rock walls and in the lawn, name unknown but much loved the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/05/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks


magic moments

What an incredible sunset sky on Monday evening, April 23rd, taken from our back deck. Do you see the magnolia tree in the top two images? Here it is again below, taken this afternoon just when the sun came... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/04/2012 | 11 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


Finnish ABCs 2

As 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 ABCs

When 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...]

'night 'night

sight: circles, bubbles, rings taste: hot, slightly sweet, milky, cocoa feel: warm cup, comfort, drowsy hear: sleep tight!... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/04/2012 | 15 comments
themes: Home, Photoworks, Textures


a Finnish cookbook-2

a look inside my mother's old cookbook: some pages on cake making a handwritten recipe on a blank page - a naughty habit of mine as well many loose bits of paper inserted throughout, some with handwritten recipes and... [Continue Reading...]

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music, friends, art...

It has been quiet here on the blog while life has been exciting some days, sometimes leaving me too tired for words (partly due to a cold as well). So just a list as to what has been going... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/01/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Home, Music, Neat stuff


jack frost

Jack Frost has been visiting on our clear cold nights recently, doing his artistry in the garden with his sparkling white paints. It is now back to rain, and looking like a green Christmas. And that reminds me.... it... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/12/2011 | 16 comments
themes: Culture, Home



No, not down here but from a visit to Mt. Seymour a few short weeks ago. I'm enjoying dipping into those photos! Though the weather is much warmer this week (8C or 46F this evening!) I'm still dreaming of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/12/2011 | 12 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Current Events, Home


white night

another photo from atop Mt. Seymour having trouble getting to sleep, sitting here with sleepytime tea, looking out at a white night, a brilliant white full moon, a sparkling white frosted lawn there will be a lunar eclipse in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/12/2011 | 7 comments
themes: Home


looking south

Lifting my head from letter writing, my eyes are drawn to glimpses of bright but long low rays of sunshine crossing the yard, breaking through the neighbour's dense row of trees along the south side of our property. With... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/12/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Home


getting into the mood

for Christmas, that is... a favourite photo posted three years ago ~ Visited the annual Christmas Craft Fair: at the Scandinavian Centre a week ago Sunday and bought some Christmas gifts and lots of Finnish pulla and Karelian pies, a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/12/2011 | 7 comments
themes: Culture, Current Events, Home


December sunrise

7:40 am 8:00 am First day of the last month of the year and I'm far too busy! This week I've done some gardening, cleaned the house, had an overnight guest, and spent this day preparing prints for our... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/12/2011 | 21 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


falling leaves

The leaves are really coming down now, blown by the high winds and rain of a typical November storm. I'm glad to be snug and warm at home today. Such a contrast to the snow covered evergreens atop Mt.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/11/2011 | 16 comments
themes: Home


Sunday drive

Escaping the three-girl-band practice coming to our house this afternoon, we went on a drive up to one of our local mountains to see the snow. A short-lived snowfall down here near sea level this past Thursday night had... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/11/2011 | 15 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


weathering october

Summer was short. The rains of fall started early and I'm wondering if we will get any Indian summer. Gardening has been hit and miss. On some rare dry days, I'm trying to take cuttings and divisions and bring... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/10/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Current Events, Home



Getting ready for a special teatime on the deck, one summer afternoon a few weeks ago, after daughter Elisa came home from an unusual visit to her favourite Italian bakery in Vancouver. How excited and round-eyed the grandgirls were,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/09/2011 | 12 comments
themes: Blogging, Home


a wave

...still here but distracted by domestic things like refrigerators.... In the meantime, I highly recommend reading this and this over at the Cassandra Pages.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/08/2011 | 3 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks



Elisa and her little girls arrived safely in London in the early hours of this morning, Vancouver time. They are joyful seeing husband and father after more than two months. The last few days have been a whirlwind, then... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/08/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home



We are having the dog days of summer here... at last, for those who like the heat, which I don't, but just in time for our "English" daughter and granddaughters to get in some quality beach time. They will... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/08/2011 | 15 comments
themes: Home, Photography


early one morning

around 4:45 a.m. a week or so ago, the insomniac's sweet reward... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/08/2011 | 12 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


summertime is

the taste of homegrown tomatoes... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/07/2011 | 11 comments
themes: Home


raccoons' morning bath

It is 8:00 am and I am sitting at my computer preparing a blog post when at the corner of my eye by the window I see some movement outside in the backyard. Lo! a family of raccoons having... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/07/2011 | 16 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home, Neat stuff


garden art

Summer seems to have finally arrived here with the turn of the month. After a long cold gloomy spring, the light now seems almost too brilliant, especially for photography. We've been out on the good days in the past... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/07/2011 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


early Sunday morn

Opa spotted the grandgirls enjoying a sunny morning story time while most of the house occupants are fast asleep!... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/06/2011 | 12 comments
themes: Current Events, Home


tracks in snow

More photos from the weekend's know how I like looking underfoot! Most are obvious but the last one I leave as a mystery for you to puzzle over, as I did when I first saw it.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/02/2011 | 6 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


snow, snow, snow

After a week of subzero temperatures and frozen ground, snow has been coming down steadily, at first lightly all day yesterday, then heavily in the evening and all night. This morning it was still snowing but the forecast said... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/02/2011 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home



After hours and days of working at the computer and a bit in my home studio, today I just had to take a break and enjoy the sunshine outdoors. My garden has been much neglected since the fall and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/02/2011 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


early signs

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Marja-Leena | 26/01/2011 | 17 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


Happy Christmas, Hauskaa Joulua

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas, Hauskaa Joulua, Frohe Weihnachten, Joyeux Noël, God Jul! 
 Love and light, peace and joy this season and always. I'm recalling the very white and beautiful Christmas period that we had two years... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/12/2010 | 15 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, Home


on yesterday's walk

The sun was shining, the sky a clear blue, the night's slight frost gone, and we were tempted outdoors for a walk to the park. In this natural woodland park by the sea we spotted some human touches in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/12/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


in winter sun

In our neighbourhood near sea level, most of Friday night's snow has melted. Lots of brilliant white snow lies low down on the mountains. It's cold and a bit windy, hovering around freezing this afternoon as I go about... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/11/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


yesterday and today

Sandwiched between some cold and rainy days, yesterday was a brilliant sunny one, such a pleasure when it's now more rare and cannot be taken for granted. Above is an iconic Vancouver scene that I enjoyed in the morning... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/11/2010 | 5 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Current Events, Home


feels like fall

- cool rainy days alternating with some sunny warm days - the first long slow oven-roasted chicken - the first cold night at 8C (46F) - the first pot of chicken soup simmering on the stove - floating medallions... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/09/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Home


labours of love

There's not been much art busy-ness happening here since I wrote this art and garden busy-ness post last April. I've been busy with garden, family, a few little trips away but lots of laziness too, sometimes due to hot... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/09/2010 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


shadow play

This afternoon's moment of shapely shadows playing on white curtain, recalling yesterday's fleeting, precious ephemeral instant: a hummingbird's shadow, too quick to be captured with camera, as he feeds at the hanging red ivy geraniums.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/08/2010 | 5 comments
themes: Home



...more scan play with dried flowers, this one a dipladenia This morning's wake up call was the sound of slamming doors echoing through the house. A pleasant coolness felt almost chilly after the week's heat wave. All morning the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/07/2010 | 9 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks



I know I shouldn't complain after our cool spring but I am much too hot! It was 30C (86F) here yesterday and today will be hotter, and it's humid too. I know those in eastern Canada and US are... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/07/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


garden delights

I'm continuing to enjoy a relaxing extra long weekend at home, especially observing the ever evolving cycles of blossoming and going-to-seed in the garden, messy in places still but with many rewarding delights for the senses. Another delight is... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/07/2010 | 5 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks


June's end

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Marja-Leena | 30/06/2010 | 9 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks


looking out

sitting here with no words to offer but a bit of my view over the back yard...... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/06/2010 | 9 comments
themes: Home



the tomatoes are growing, golden nuggets almost ready the first cucumber was delicious, many more awaiting little baby peppers are appearing like magic local sweet strawberries and raspberries for dessert a huge full strawberry moon tonight it must be... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/06/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Home


growing vegetables

Or, really, the trouble with growing some of your own vegetables.... Why did we, a month ago, book a short holiday for next week, at the busiest time of the gardening season? Spring had been so cool that my... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/05/2010 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home


Happy May Day

The first of May is historically and culturally more important in Europe than in North America, rooted in ancient pagan celebrations of spring sometimes mixed with some modern political overtones. I briefly indulge in some fond memories of some... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/05/2010 | 19 comments
themes: Culture, Home


hellos and goodbyes

Much greeting and hugging and then goodbyes have been a large part of our holidays as our family swelled from seven for Christmas Eve to nine on the 27th, then twelve for just a day on the 28th and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/12/2009 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, Home


lights of the season

enjoying the days of sunlight and frost fires and warm candlelight in foggy nights these last days of the year... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/12/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Culture, Home


Winter Stories 2009

Every Christmas since 2003, our granddaughter Lael, now 9, has told a winter story that her daddy has animated and put on her website as their holiday greeting to their friends and family. And each year since I started... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/12/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Home, Other artists


full moon, fog, frost

Oak Moon, Cold Moon, Frost Moon, Long Night's Moon, Moon Before Yule, 7:20 a.m., December 2nd fog and sunrise frost on the path... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/12/2009 | 10 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


home fires burning

Thanks to Erika for posting my video onto her Flickr account! The past few days we've been without home heating, that is, a central heating system we take for granted in most homes in the developed world. Ours is... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/11/2009 | 14 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Current Events, Environment, Home, Music


autumn at home

surprise sunrise scene in the kitchen lovely blossoms still blooming madly but producing only plum sized squash babies from volunteers that appeared late in the summer and have grown like Jack-in-the-beanstalks in the new planting bed the best fall... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/10/2009 | 4 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home



Detail of a totem in Thunderbird Park, Victoria Though there have been many exhilarating days, I've often been feeling exhausted this month due to sleeping poorly. I realize that's because I'm going through a time of transition in many... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/09/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


summer is...

        fresh picked red currants sweetened by sunshine, precious last ones saved for granddaughters' picking pleasure a record heat wave sprinkler swirls sparkling water to delight garden and jumping children a new roof overheated workers start early, quit early... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/07/2009 | 17 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


heat wave whine

too hot to plant my garden (I'm way behind because of the trip) too much weeding and watering to do too hot to sleep, too hot to think, too hot to write We've had only one partial day of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/06/2009 | 2 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


April Fool's

    I was shocked on waking up to see snow coming down and it just keeps coming, wet yet sticking. What an April Fool's Day joke Mother Nature is playing on us! Rare though it is, we've had snow... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/04/2009 | 9 comments
themes: Culture, Home


spring and birthdays

'Tis the first day of spring and I'm longing for the weather to match! A very cold winter not easing up for spring means this year the garden is unusually late for normally balmy Vancouver. Blame the depressing weather if... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/03/2009 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Home


foggy January

19 days of fog few sunny periods cold below, warm above an air inversion they say fog horns, monotonal musical nights black white and grey moody haunting magical inspiration for old English novels     Added Jan.25th, 2009: Listen to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/01/2009 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


shape shifting

                shrinking shapes of white shifting from all white to black-and-white to green-and-white    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/01/2009 | 12 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


epiphany deluge

    It's the 12th day of Christmas and Epiphany (or loppiainen, a national holiday in Finland). It's the day we try take down the Christmas tree and decorations and I'm making a slow start on that, leaving some of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/01/2009 | 14 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, Home


New Year's Hope

'Tis the sixth day of Christmas and another New Year's Eve before us, how the year flew by! As I drank my breakfast tea over our local newspaper, the editorial pleased me in putting some of my own thoughts... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/12/2008 | 10 comments
themes: Culture, Current Events, Home



        yesterday: rain, melting snow, flooded streets this morning, sunshine; this afternoon, more rain? heavy clumps of snow falling off trees and roof edges         still deep white yards, snowbanks, tracks on roads tilting snowmen, carrot noses pointed... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/12/2008 | 13 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home, Nature, Photoworks


Lael's Winter Story 2008

    Once again, we wish to share our pride and delight with what has become an annual tradition: a gift from our now eight-year old granddaughter and her family, Lael's Winter Story 2008. Lael made up the story and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/12/2008 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


season's best to you

Dear readers, take your pick: Happy Christmas, Hauskaa Joulua, Frohe Weihnachten, Joyeux Noël, God Jul, Happy Hanukkah, or whatever you celebrate... or not. And please: peace and an end to poverty! Thank you all from the bottom of my... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/12/2008 | 11 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, Home


white and bright

at 5:00 pm Sunday, December 21st, 2008 It's almost midnight on winter solstice day and it's been snowing almost steadily for 24 hours and it is still coming down. What an incredibly beautiful winter wonderland it is out there.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/12/2008 | 10 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


solstice time

At [10:04 a.m. Pacific Time] on Sunday Dec. 21, 2008, the northern hemisphere begins its tilt back toward the sun, marking the winter solstice in this part of the world and slowly leading to longer days. This may be... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/12/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Current Events, Home


snow and ice

        Well, more snow came down on Wednesday and it has stayed. Here, in the usually balmiest corner of Canada, we are experiencing zub-sero temperatures. Instead of the rain quickly washing it all away as usual there's lots more... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/12/2008 | 16 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


weather report

    Though many areas around Metro Vancouver received a lot of snow on the weekend, our little microclimate prevented us from getting more than a dusting and even that was blown away by the high winds. Funny how the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/12/2008 | 13 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


snowy morning

        First snow at sea level arrived this morning, beautiful, mesmerizing thick fluffy flakes falling for two or three hours but still too wet to build up very much, then quickly washed away by rain. The local mountains have... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/12/2008 | 15 comments
themes: Home


winter garden

This beauty is from my indoor collection of plants, a zygocactus I think. Taking advantage of a spot of sunshine this afternoon, I wandered about outside in my garden, clipping red berried branches, fragrant cedar and shiny green ivy... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/12/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


homey day

        a lazy Saturday indoors a drizzly misty rain outdoors lingering long after breakfast reading snippets from the weekend paper to each other a little tidying and watering plants a soothing massage on sore legs and aching knee a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/11/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Home


fog, frost and sun

        Thick fog all night and this morning, then sudden brilliance magnified by mirroring water.         Rising light reveals season's first frost on cold glass. Capture it quickly before sun's melting touch!         Long low golden light... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/11/2008 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home



    I felt really happy this fall with the progress on my art work, with ARKEO #4 and #5. However this month my artmaking has suddenly stalled, as have fall garden cleanup and long walks, and it's not just... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/11/2008 | 19 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


Thanksgiving and Nobel Peace Prize

The elections here in Canada and the US plus the world economy has taken far too much of our attention lately. Canadians vote on Tuesday, October 14th and that night will be an anxious one awaiting results that we... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/10/2008 | 11 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Home


splendid September

    (scan of maple leaf found in old telephone book)     After a very wet and cool second-half-of-August, we have had non-stop sunny days, and hot ones this week too! I love the contrasts of the cooler nights and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/09/2008 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home



    As I mentioned before, I have been catching up with some printmaking the past two weeks. I completed the two editions as planned, then documented and photographed them. I have yet to process the images and post them... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/08/2008 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


busy busy

        This first week of August has been a busy one for me with three days spent in the printmaking studio. I signed up for two weeks of summer access in order to complete two editions, of which I'd... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/08/2008 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home


summer in the backyard

A glimpse into what is at its best in our backyard right now

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Marja-Leena | 12/07/2008 | 12 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks


Friday July 4th

I'm still very busy in the domestic front these days, alternating between gardening outdoors and purging indoors. My studio is looking less like a hurricane hit it, but I can't speak yet for the areas where the returning family... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/07/2008 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


white nights

Awake at 3:30 this morning, unable to get back to sleep, I made myself a soothing cup of hot cocoa (with goat's milk and stevia) and sat at the table reading yesterday's paper. Looking outside, to the northeast I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/06/2008 | 17 comments
themes: Culture, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Home


June garden

                Still working much too hard in the garden. Here are a few images of what's lovely today, a drizzly day and a relief after yesterday's heat. How does your garden grow?     Addendum June 18th: Leslee... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/06/2008 | 21 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home


June beginnings

....busy preparing some of my work to put into an exhibit shared with an artist friend, making decisions on which of my already framed works to choose, updating....

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Marja-Leena | 04/06/2008 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home, Music


summer's here

Today is the Victoria Day holiday and what a busy long weekend it has been. My husband took Friday off work and we've been working hard in the garden for three days in a row. Three gorgeous sunny days, the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/05/2008 | 10 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


outside, inside

looking at spring, outside the patio door
inside the solarium, waiting to summer outside

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Marja-Leena | 24/04/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Home


snow in April

We were shocked last night to receive hail and dry pellets of snow, then wet snow for about four or five hours. A few stunning flashes of lightning highlit the whiteness into a ghostlike eery world. Then it all... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/04/2008 | 16 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


urban wildlife

        I had some excitement at the home front this afternoon. I was in the kitchen about to prepare some vegetables when I spotted some kind of bushy furry creature crawling along the garage roof. I couldn't believe my... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/04/2008 | 12 comments
themes: Home, Neat stuff


end of March

    I was going to repeat the old cliché about March coming in like a lamb and going out like a lion (or vice-versa). The last two or three weeks have been unusually cold here, with locally variable and sometimes... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/03/2008 | 4 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


special long weekend

    Yesterday came the spring equinox Last night the full Lenten moon, (did you keep me awake, Moon?) Today son-in-law J's birthday, a make-your-own-pizza party! and cake! Sunday is Easter, so early this year An egg hunt for the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/03/2008 | 14 comments
themes: Culture, Home


and more snow

        snowing all night, snowing this morning schools and colleges closed, commuting chaos garden under heavy white blanket, tree branches weighed down silence punctuated with soft thuds, scrape of shovel glad I can stay home today, like the happy... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/01/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


ice and snow

a weekend of snow, rain, ice and snow again
so beautiful and bright
and more snow coming tonight!

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Marja-Leena | 28/01/2008 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home


winter sun and frost

We have had several days of sunshine at long last. As often happens here when the cloud cover is gone, it gets quite cold. At night it's been as cold as -5C (23F) so there's frost on the skylights... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/01/2008 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


lingering lazy days

My, have I been lazy this past week, not even blogging! The preparations and the holidays themselves seem to have tired me out a bit. I'm enjoying these quiet days to replenish body and soul. It's now Twelfth Night,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/01/2008 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home


old year, new year

    On this last day of 2007, I feel some sadness in saying goodbye to another year. Changing the annual calendars is such an adrupt marker of the passage of time and of aging, inducing a twinge of melancholy... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/12/2007 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Home


Boxing Day walk

two lovely days with dear friends
hours of chatting, eating, laughing
long walks in our neighbourhood

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Marja-Leena | 28/12/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home


Happy Boxing Day

Christmas Day was almost a white one when it started to snow in the afternoon as we headed over to one daughter's place for a nice meal and play with the granddaughters. The snowfall was beautiful to watch....

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Marja-Leena | 26/12/2007 | 2 comments
themes: Culture, Home


winter story 2007

    Our granddaughter Lael's annual Winter Story has become her family's traditional Christmas greeting to all their family and friends. As always, Lael (now 7 years) does the delightful drawings and tells the story. Her father creates them into... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/12/2007 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Home


good tidings

The countdown is quickening,
the house is decorated and clean (almost),
the baking nearly done
except for the plum tarts
(the filling is made, the dough is chilling)...

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Marja-Leena | 22/12/2007 | 14 comments
themes: Culture, Home


to light

Tonight or very early tomorrow, here on the west coast of North America, it's the winter solstice, the longest night of the year....

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Marja-Leena | 21/12/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Home


Looking back: Jule favourites

Deep in the archives of three years ago is this favourite Christmas season post of mine and reposted here almost fully: My favourite things about Christmas are the things that appeal to the romantic and the child in me.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/12/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Culture, Home, Music


frost and shadows

fine frost etching, edging leaves and blades of grass...

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Marja-Leena | 07/12/2007 | 5 comments
themes: Home, Nature, Photoworks


a snowy weekend

    The first and second days of December brought us the first major snowfall of this winter thanks to a cold front from the Yukon. The brightness and whiteness was lovely while it lasted, putting us into the Christmas... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/12/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home


the morning after

Some areas of southwest British Columbia had their first snowfall of the season late yesterday! No snow in our area though, sadly....

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Marja-Leena | 27/11/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home


this past week

sunny, crisp cold days
sparkling frosty nights
brilliant blue moon
foggy mornings

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Marja-Leena | 24/11/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Home


a stimulating weekend

On Friday, November 16th, our youngest grand-daugther had her second birthday. November 16th is a significant date for me and as this blog is kind of a diary as well, I enjoyed looking up past posts on this date.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/11/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Home


long weekend storm

The Remembrance Day long weekend in British Columbia turned into an unforgettable one, weather-wise. A large area of the province from the coast to the interior was hit by a powerful storm, from Sunday evening until Monday afternoon. Falling... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/11/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Current Events, Home


mushrooms in grass

        Abundance in our backyard. Are they edible? Working hard in the studio, no energy left for words.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/11/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


more witchiness

Thinking about witchy trees has been making me see even witchy seeds.

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Marja-Leena | 28/10/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events, Home


moved by beauty

We had a warm sunny day today, almost blindingly bright after a long spell of gloomy rain. The beauty of the fall colours in the trees lining many of Vancouver's older streets gave me great pleasure as I headed... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/10/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Blogging, Home


away and back

    We've been away for a few days' trip to the beautiful Saanich and Victoria areas of Vancouver Island, visiting friends and family. Most important for us was to spend some time with my elderly uncle and aunt. Because... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/10/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home



                awake at 4:30 am, enthralled by brilliant moonlight dancing lights on the water like dreams of water ballet... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/09/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Home, Photoworks, Urban


autumn and sauna

We said goodbye to summer and welcomed autumn by working outdoors in our yard all weekend. All day yesterday we were cutting and pruning some hugely overgrown laurel to let in some sunlight, trimming some of the neighbour's birch tree... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/09/2007 | 20 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Home


giant datura

    We have a spot next to the front door where we keep a planter of seasonal flowers. This past spring we bought a tall blue glazed ceramic pot to replace the ancient rotting wood one. Filling the tall... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/09/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home, Neat stuff


fairies in the garden

Oh my, it's been hot here. Last week we had a record breaking heat wave all over BC. It was about 36C (about 97F) in our neighbourhood! As someone who totally wilts, swells up and gets cranky when it... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/07/2007 | 18 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home


a day in June

It's the last day of June already. It was an exceptionally wet month here, but we had a few nice days here and there. One day the other week, I had to shop.. As we sometimes do, my husband and I made plans to meet at the end of his workday....we went on one of our favourite walks along a marvellous seawall.

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Marja-Leena | 30/06/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home


peachfuzz visits

There was a lot of commotion going on in the solarium this morning though it sounded like birds on the roof. Meet our latest visitor to our solarium - Peachfuzz - who thought maybe it was too cold outside. He... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/06/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Home, Neat stuff


June green

June is often a wet month here in the Vancouver area and this year it's been even wetter than normal, as has been this year so far. The last two weeks of May were dry and I got much... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/06/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


catching up

This blog has taken a back seat for a few days while I've been enjoying a visit from our eldest daughter. She lives with her partner some five hours by car northeast of Vancouver in a tiny community, half an... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/06/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Home


gardens and bees

The first half of the month of May was cool and showery. Last week was very pleasant, a comfortable temperature for doing the garden work, the busiest time of year. But this week it's suddenly very hot and I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/05/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


garden tour

You are invited on a little tour of a few highlights in my spring garden:         Here are the winter pansies in a pot by the back door,     over there are the last tulips amongst the forget-me-nots,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/05/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events, Home



May the longer days put a spring in your step, dear readers in the northern hemisphere. As if in honour of the vernal equinox this evening, today we've had a respite from the November-like monsoons. The sunshine is a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/03/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Current Events, Home


my Monday

After breakfast, I took my tea with me and sat down at my computer to read emails, some news and a few blogs, as I usually do most mornings if I don't leave the house early for the printmaking... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/02/2007 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home, Printmaking


snow day

I 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! I seem to be writing about the weather more than... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/01/2007 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home


another storm

The west coast continues to have numerous windstorms, making for an unusual number this fall and winter. On Friday (January 5th) we had snow in some areas, including ours. That night a short but powerful windstorm caused another power outage,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/01/2007 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home


the longest night

Once again in the northern hemisphere it is the winter solstice - the shortest day and longest night of the year, the first day of winter. It amazes me how very many cultures of the world have celebrations around this time. If I were able to choose a special and ancient way to celebrate, I'd go to Newgrange.

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Marja-Leena | 21/12/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Home


The Big Storm

Our internet is finally back tonight after three days down, so now I can let you know what excitement we've had here! We've experienced the worst windstorm in the 30 plus years we've lived in the Vancouver area. Of three... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/12/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Current Events, Home


winter rose

in my garden today

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Marja-Leena | 27/11/2006 | 15 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Home, Photography


snowy Sunday

As I promised last night, here are a few of our more interesting snow photos taken this afternoon on our walk to the park and around our garden. Though there was not much snow yet, even that little bit... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/11/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home, Photography



The days are still very warm but there's a very noticeable change to the light. With shorter days, the sun's angle is getting lower, shadows longer, evenings cooler and the nights heavy with dew. In the park, yellow leaves... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/08/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Home


summer lists

these are the dog days hot July, 36C last weekend body and brain sluggish and dull sleep deprived, lazy, unmotivated open windows, catch a breeze smells of distant forest fires, night prowling skunks constant watering garden and self craving... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/07/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home


Victoria Day

We've just had a long weekend here in Canada. Victoria Day is a Canadian Statutory Holiday celebrated on the Monday on or before May 24 in honour of both Queen Victoria's birthday and the current reigning Canadian Sovereign's birthday.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/05/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, Home


Mother's Day birthday

A very happy and beautiful Mother's Day to all moms and their families! Mukavaa ja kaunista äitienpäivää kaikille äideille ja perheille! The weather is glorious here this weekend. Our three daughters, two granddaughters and partners are gathering here Sunday... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/05/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Culture, Home


Happy Easter

I've just put our treasured collection of Easter eggs on display. Most of these lovely eggs have been made over the years by our youngest daughter. I decided to photograph them and post them here because I was so... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/04/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Culture, Home



Some spring flowers from my garden to you, dear readers, on this first day of spring! Well, this year the vernal equinox was gorgeous in Vancouver! Three days of glorious sunshine after a long cold and wet spell, quite... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/03/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Home



the first coat The domestic scene here has kept us very busy lately. We arranged to have the worn-down hardwood floors in the main living areas of our home refinished. In the end it will be lovely but it... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/07/2005 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home


a quiz

It's been a busy week with family. Our oldest daughter, who has been living in the Interior since last fall, has been here this week on business. It was great having her here for our youngest daughter's 20th birthday which... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/05/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Home, Neat stuff


one of those days

Yesterday morning I met with friend W. to take slides of some of my past year's work. Our group had arranged a slide shoot day in early April, setting up professional lights and equipment. Lots of work was shot, but... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/05/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Home