Author - Tim Maher

100 for 100: 96 – Misty Morning in Winter

Misty Morning

5 Days to 100th Year: 96/100 – Misty Morning in Winter A celebration of the lack of colour that can abound in wintertime on a misty morning. A few minutes earlier the skies were blue and the sun was adding some nice contrast and sparkle to the frozen dew. Then the mist came rolling in and all the colour disappeared. This is not a complaint...

100 for 100: 95 – Promenade with Gap

Gap

6 Days to 100th Year: 95/100 – Promenade with Gap Just off the coast of the southern tip of Helsinki, the small island of Uunisaari is joined to the island of Liuskasaari by a man-made granite promenade. It has been here for many years, long enough for the metal rail to have rusted through completely in the sea air, with an occasional gap...

100 for 100: 94 – Xmas Tree in the Wild

Wild

7 Days to 100th Year: 94/100 – Xmas Tree in the Wild Public Safety Announcement: a domestic xmas tree has escaped and been spotted roaming in the wild outdoors. It is not known how it managed to get away from its tinsel chains, nor unplug its lights and remove its baubles. Although no presents were damaged during the escape, the...

100 for 100: 93 – Icing on the Cake

Icing

8 Days to 100th Year: 93/100 – Icing on the Cake For breakfast, bucks fizz and croissants stuffed with cream cheese and smoked salmon, quickly followed by the present opening excesses, before heading off to the kitchen to act as sous chef to my mum. Many hours later, the xmas dinner was on the table – turkey, stuffing, chipolatas...

100 for 100: 92 – Santa time is here again

Santa

9 Days to 100th Year: 92/100 – Santa time is here again The presents beneath the xmas tree should have all reached their intended destination by now, providing joy and goodwill to all, at least in Finland, where the loot is opened on xmas eve. I reckon this is because Santa doesn’t have far to travel to get to all the kids here and...

100 for 100: 91 – Balloons a Party Make

Balloons

10 Days to 100th Year: 91/100 – Balloons a Party Make It’s Friday night, with the last of the office xmas parties going great guns. As we all know, balloons and glitter add that special festive gloss to any occasion, just make sure to take the balloons down before returning to work after the holidays. The rule is that what happens at a...

100 for 100: 90 – Axe with Deckchair

Axe

11 Days to 100th Year: 90/100 – Axe with Deckchair This is another shot from my recent visit to my mother-in-law’s place just outside Turku and, like every other Finn living in the countryside, there’s always at least one axe and saw close to hand. A plentiful supply of chopped wood is needed throughout the year, not just for the...

100 for 100: 89 – Trestle Tables and Stool

Trestle

12 Days to 100th Year: 89/100 – Trestle Tables and Stool I very nearly ended up titling this post ‘A Study in Grey’ but decided that would be a bit much. I’d taken the ferry to Suomenlinna and was just wandering around on another beautiful sunny winter’s day when I came across these trestle tables on a deck by the...

100 for 100: 88 – Classic Sweets at Fazer

Sweets

13 Days to 100th Year: 88/100 – Classic Sweets at Fazer I was walking by Karl Fazer cafe the other day and just had to pop in to look around to see if they had done anything special for the xmas festivities. Popular with tourists and local equally, it is the flagship cafe of the Fazer empire and has been here since 1891. And I...

100 for 100: 87 – Washing Line and Stone wall

Washing line

14 Days to 100th Year: 87/100 – The Washing Line and the Stone Wall The title pretty much says it all. Understandably, the washing line is not seeing much action in the middle of winter but I thought it would be worth pointing out a particularly Finnish trait. If you’re going to build something, build it to last. That wall and that...