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a charming scene of Canada Geese parents and their six downy yellow goslings spotted on a sightseeing tour for my Finnish cousin and friend a couple of days ago (a note of apology to my dear readers for turning... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/05/2013 | be the first to comment
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC, Neat stuff


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


red pepper

a double bell pepper! a pregnant pepper?... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/04/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Nature, Neat stuff, Photoworks


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


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


another hand print - part 2

The story about the hand print on the snowblower keeps getting more interesting. If you have not already read that post and the comments especially from Richard and my reply, may I suggest doing so, then come back here.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/06/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Neat stuff, Rock Art & Archaeology


avian excitement

photos by husband with the better camera and zoom lens Yesterday's exciting entertainment for the granddaughters was to observe an avian visitor enter our solarium through an open door. We ourselves were behind closed sliding doors watching the poor... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/06/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Neat stuff


Winter Story and Game 2010

I'm very late pointing you to our now ten year old granddaughter Lael's Winter Story 2010, a family holiday tradition since 2003. Her five year old sister Niamh also presents Foggy Windows - a Winter Game. Can you tell... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/12/2010 | 2 comments
themes: Culture, Neat stuff


lunar eclipse at winter solstice

Photograph by Heribert Proepper, AP Tonight or actually in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, if you are lucky with the weather and live in the northern hemisphere, you can celebrate the Winter Solstice in grand fashion with a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/12/2010 | 9 comments
themes: Current Events, Folk Legends & Myths, Neat stuff


eBook readers

This Bizarro cartoon is especially for Joe who just wrote about his new eBook reader. It's also for blog friends Barrett and Hattie and other proud owners of eBook readers. The first time I saw and held one was... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/10/2010 | 19 comments
themes: Books, Neat stuff



Another 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...]

Marja-Leena | 13/08/2010 | 2 comments
themes: History, Neat stuff


scent of rain

While doing some photography, I'm suddenly captivated by a scent in the air, forgotten for a while but oh so familiar. The scent of rain awakens a flood of memories of cooling summer showers. Only some time later do... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/08/2010 | 16 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Neat stuff


inside to outside

I've been quiet here as I'm busy with family as well as all the watering and gardening to keep up in this continuing warm and dry weather. So today, I'd like to just quickly share something a friend sent... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/07/2010 | 12 comments
themes: Neat stuff


Euro language

A chuckle and a relief from flower photos... something I found at the bottom of my email inbox from three years ago when housecleaning...source unknown. Enjoy!     The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/02/2010 | 15 comments
themes: Linguistics, Neat stuff


Get Out

Go here to see this fabulous award-winning short animation film with a stunning surprise ending. You will enjoy it! Found at Chris Tyrell's Blog. This gives me the opportunity to mention that Chris Tyrell is a well-known arts advocate... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/01/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Films, Neat stuff


Gardener's Night Before Xmas

I have mixed feelings about the return of rains after two lovely weeks of frost and even a bit of snow, but this made me smile... A "garden version" of The Night Before Christmas: Twas the night before Christmas... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/12/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Neat stuff


sing your complaints

The Helsinki Complaints Choir at the stairs of the Lutheran Cathedral in Helsinki. Photo taken from the complaints choirs website The first time I heard of complaints choirs was over three years ago and later blogged about how amusing... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/12/2009 | 9 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Music, Neat stuff, Other artists



"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...]

Marja-Leena | 12/02/2009 | 14 comments
themes: History, Neat stuff


99 things to do

I rarely do memes any more but this looked like fun. The rules are simple: bold the things you've done. Explanations are optional. Fun is guaranteed. 1. Started my own blog (surprise!) 2. Slept under the stars (tried for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/12/2008 | 13 comments
themes: Blogging, Neat stuff


big green caterpillar

            On a recent walk around our neighbourhood, we spotted this brilliantly coloured BIG caterpillar moving slowly along the street. We'd never seen one like it. Husband picked it up gently with a leaf while I found... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/09/2008 | 11 comments
themes: Neat stuff


lovely links

Our Earth as Art, 3D Picasso's Guernica, International Rock-Flipping Day

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Marja-Leena | 10/08/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Blogging, Films, Nature, Neat stuff, Photography


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



A laugh for rock art aficionados... © Tundra. Scanned from Vancouver Sun, Dec. 29th, 2007 More from the archives here and here... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/12/2007 | be the first to comment
themes: Neat stuff


no lifeguard

    a little black humour?    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/11/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Neat stuff


elf academy

Have you ever wanted to be an elf? The Elf academy is being set up in Rovaniemi, Lapland where you can become a certified elf. This is the right place, after all it is the land of Santa and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/11/2007 | 3 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Neat stuff


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


ancient chewing gum

imagine my surprise reading this at Mirabilis: A 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum has been discovered by an archaeology student on a dig in western FINLAND

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Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings made me think of the wonderful hypnotic dancing colours, lines, dots, shapes that the 'visualizer' produces on this screen in response to music played in iTunes on my Mac.

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Happy July 4th to my American readers! Enjoy the fireworks A hot screensaver for Macs Wish I'd found it for Canada Day.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/07/2007 | be the first to comment
themes: Neat stuff


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


computer art

Got a little time? Get a cup of your favourite brew and a biscotti and relax with these entertaining though time-consuming links that are all about using the computer to create art. 1. Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings. "... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/12/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Neat stuff, Other artists


winter story 2006

I'm very proud to share my grand-daughter Lael's 4th annual Winter Story, done with a little help from mommy and daddy, of course. It's now on a special blog so you can see the past winter stories as well,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/12/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Neat stuff


testing your memory

A thorough test of your memory has begun!

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Marja-Leena | 01/11/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Neat stuff


Finnish knitting lesson

(Still from The Last Knit by annekeAnna) Talk about obsessive-compulsive, this animation is extremely well-done and hilarious. Thanks to my husband for finding our evening's laugh medicine. Enjoy!... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/09/2006 | 13 comments
themes: Films, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Neat stuff


weekend joys

We had a gorgeous sunny day yesterday, perfect for a family gathering to celebrate a daughter's birthday. Today is a fall day with rain, the house is quiet and I'm catching up with a bit of blog reading before... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/09/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Neat stuff


best gift

A gift suggestion list in this morning's spam mail

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Marja-Leena | 27/08/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Neat stuff


Helvetica, a film

Helvetica "is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/08/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Films, Neat stuff


caught in a web

A long and mighty battle between these two insects outside a window next to our front door had us transfixed with fascination, as well as some horror and pity for the winged creature. We could not identify this winged... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/06/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Nature, Neat stuff, Photoworks


slide show: aurora borealis

Ooh, there's a truly outstanding and beautiful slide show of the Aurora Borealis at Virtual Finland (from where I've borrowed this photo)! "Finland is a leader in the study of the Aurora Borealis, the majestic display of colours that... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/02/2006 | 1 comment
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Neat stuff, Photography


weird habits meme

This meme has been going around many Finnish blogs and now I've been tagged by SIKURI (written by a Finnish-American blogger and writer, formerly sananlaskija). I'll do mine in English to open the field since so many Finns that... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/01/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Neat stuff



© - scanned from Vancouver Sun Nov.26.2005 A little message to yours truly and her obsession with rock art?... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/11/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Neat stuff, Rock Art & Archaeology


flash drawing

You must watch this fascinating animated drawing of a skeleton coming to life! It's been making the blog rounds, but I saw it first at Zeke's Gallery. As Chris said, it's "wicked cool". The source appears to be a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/11/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Neat stuff


first frost

This morning on waking I was startled to see a white coat of frost everywhere! Here on the westcoast we know November is the rainiest month so it's a visual treat whenever we have sunshine, and when we see... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/11/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Neat stuff, Photoworks


thinker quiz

What kind of thinker are you? Find out through a Quiz from BBC. I did and here's my result. You are a Spatial Thinker Spatial Thinkers: • Tend to think in pictures, and can develop good mental models of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/10/2005 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Neat stuff


modern art

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Marja-Leena | 29/09/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Neat stuff


Happy 80th

Big Happy 80th Birthday Wishes to Thoroughly Modern Millie Garfield! Millie shows us how much fun she's having in life, even blogging at My Mom's Blog. Congratulations and have a wonderful day of celebration, Millie, and many more happy... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/08/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Neat stuff


good links

Here's a small collections of links I've been saving to share for your reading pleasure: 1. More about Smithson at Print Australia and Modern Art Notes 2. As a lover of rock art and earth art, I was excited to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/07/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Blogging, Neat stuff, Other artists, Rock Art & Archaeology



I'm having a very busy weekend with no time to blog, but in the meantime, my dear readers looking for some Sunday entertainment, go have a look at this site**. (If she gets stuck, you can help her along... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/07/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Neat stuff


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


Stonehenge & Manhattan

Here's a great link that I had bookmarked and forgotten about for a while: NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. They are truly incredible images that I wish I could claim as my creations! What reminded me again of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/05/2004 | 5 comments
themes: Neat stuff, Rock Art & Archaeology