Sunday, May 09, 2010

Photos of Helsinki



Today has been satisfying in many ways. I gave my little Vespa its first spin of the year, which is always good for the soul. Then I managed to do a good bit of gardening and weed clearance, during which I found a baby Lilac tree with one beautiful bell of rich purple flowers. After that, I took myself off for a run, which always feels great after the event, even if I sweat and struggle my way round my own Westdorpe circuit. Lastly, I've managed to upload some of my Helsinki photos to Picasa, so here is the link. I still have the ones of the lovely walk Maria and I made around Suomenlinna island to show you, but that's for next time. Now I have to finish the lesson planning I started this morning....

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  2. Oh dear, those photos of myself are not exactly flattering! Well, the grinning one is sort of ok but the student cap one is rather poorly indeed. I look tired and old, plus with a bad skin! Wish you would have cut the picture just below the nose. Oh well :-)

    Good luck with preparing the lesson!

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  3. another grand tour Val! Thank you.

    And some one's of Maria, very nice :)

    You are making me feel as if I have been there myself. Your day sounds very relaxing and peaceful. It's Mother's Day here, so happy mother's day.

    xx

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  4. ... or done a bit of, um, "enhancing" with Photoshop :-)

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  5. You looked beautiful Maria, no worries!

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  6. Aw, Grace, you always have kind words to say to everyone, you're a dear!

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  7. I love my friends, and I always speak the truth :)

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  8. Great collection! And Maria - you have plenty of time to look tired and old! Look just fine to me. If you want to see some real wrinkles, drop by here!

    Just remembered that one of my aunts was Finnish but don't recall from where exactly.

    Sounds as if you had a good trip all round, Vally.

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  9. Aww, Maria, I'm sorry you don't like them. But the one with the student cap is cut isn't it? I will have to check. I cropped it just to show your eyes and the hat, because I thought you wouldn't want such a close up. The thing is, we never like pics of ourselves do we? I always hate mine...always. That's why I always pull funny faces or try to have them obscured!

    Still, I don't think you look old at all!! You look young and blonde and lovely, which you are!...try a few of my wrinkles for size ;-)

    Ah, I see Janys has already said the same. Right, I'll go look at them now.

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  10. Ok, I've cropped the hat one a bit more now, Maria, but honestly, the other two are moments captured, and I think you look lovely!

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  11. Thank you Val! In truth, I do like the other two :-)

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  12. absolutely Val. I didn't say before, but I have clients pay me good money for your gorgeous colour hair Maria. and yes, not old or tired. It's tough to pull off natural beauty!!(and you do). (sorry Val for all my comments on your blog, didn't mean to take up so much space)

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  13. VallyP:

    Absolutely KILLER, great, super photography, digital or other...

    Thanks for that...

    --Dan l.

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  14. when you're done with your garden, you are more than welcome to come here and do ours ;)
    by the way, i read skipper's child in the beginning of last week (hadn't gotten around to doing it before) and i really enjoyed it. and i agree with hubby, it would make a perfect movie!
    take care!
    xxo

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  15. Great photos and Maria looks lovely!

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  16. Beautiful photos, it's a place I have always wanted to visit. Now it is higher up on the agenda. Thanks for sharing them with us x

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  17. Great photos, and Maria, you look just fine. Tired and old? Not a chance.

    I love all the tram lines intersecting in the photos. Reminds me of Amsterdam.

    xx
    AM

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  18. Hi Val,

    now I found some time to have a look. Great pics. I think it must be fantastic to visit Maria.

    Love
    Stefan xx

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  19. Wow, thanks everyone. The photos were helped by the beautiful subshine on the days I took them. Bright light makes everything look good, so you don't have to work for it.

    Ingela, would LOVE to have a go at your garden. It's such a beautiful one.

    Dan, so good to see you again!

    Fran, go visit Finland, but as my friends have suggested, summer is best. I wish I could have seen it in full leaf so to speak.

    String, Anne Marie and Stefan, many thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed my photos.

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  20. Lovely pics, Val!
    I like the ones you took of Maria, too. What fun!

    xx

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  21. Looks absolutely gorgeous wonderful photography Val

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