20.1.16

Late last Christmas recap

Hey! I hope everyone's 2016 has been happy, healthy, successful and certainly not as cold as the one we have experienced here in Estonia. Because -30°C simply complicates your everyday life. You have to heat the house like the doomsday's just around the corner, you must warm up your freezing car every single time you want to use it and of course dress like someone who put on almost every single truly warm piece they had at home. Luckily the temperatures have eased for the moment but who knows for how long, and now we're having very frequent snowfalls or blizzards instead. So, long whiny story short - I just want spring, summer or and our sub-tropical honeymoon trip to come quicker.

But for the time being let's move back to those warmer days we had during last Christmas because it's recap time! And I'm going to share some cool presents, our tree and other Christmassy details captured at home. You can also see how incredibly springlike and viridescent Estonia was back then, how our own garden appeared and last but not least - how our mostly rainy 5-km-long bog and swamp hike looked like.


So, let's begin with group 1 - the classic Christmas snaps taken at the house (below ) and the partial presents report (above) . Collage 1 - Iittala special - Tanssi paper napkins and the tin box are Christmas presents but the coffee cups and saucers we purchased already before Christmas. And our little Tanssi collection has as many as 10 proud members now.
Collage 2 - Christmas presents from fascinating Estonian brands - a Valhalla Factory ylang-ylang aroma candle and a sweet honey soap by Sõsar. And a quick group photo too.
Collage 3 - Edible and kitchen goodies - Christmas towels and an apron, sweets, mustard sauce with dill and honey, handmade date and walnut cake and a glass casserole for our new oven.
Collages 4, 5 and 6 - our Christmassy living room, the sparkling tree, a few simple decorations and our delicious December 25 table for just the two of us. And finally a very serious Elvis on a December 23 road trip which will also be mentioned in the next group of photos.


Secondly comes group 2 and for starters two snaps from our December 23 road trip to visit E's paternal grandparents. And then a very green Christmas Eve with my cosy outfit from the special day which we spent at my husband's parents' place. Plus a small December 26 collage from our own garden with blooming pansies, serene parsley and lavender and hibernating greenhouse.

I really miss our abnormally warm and green winter by the way because all that snow and cold simply aren't my cup of tea. Which doesn't mean I'm not going to share photos of it here in the blog (since it can be exceptionally photogenic!). I'm just not doing it today because right now I love that green dream.


Anyway, thirdly comes group 3 from December 25 when we conquered the Selli-Sillaotsa 4.7-km-long study trail. Beautiful, fragrant pine grove, watery transitional Laeva swamp, a swamp island, Sillaotsa bog, another transitional swamp, more swamp islands - this is how our route evolved through footpaths and plank roads. And it's incredible how warm it was, felt like spring! But it was also rainy, moist and gloomy so if you want to see more photos you should explore this old blog post because August 6 2011 was the day we first visited this versatile trail.


So I hope you guys enjoyed this snow free, springlike Christmas post because next time arrives reality and our actual weather conditions embellished with snow, snow and some more snow. And a few nice purchases too, including my very first Moschino handbag! But for the time being I'm curious if there are any Disqus-specialists among my readers? If yes, let me know who you are because I have a few questions. And of course see you in the next post!

16 comments:

  1. I always enjoy your nature photos. It's such a treat to see all of your holidays goodies. The coffee mugs and saucers are so adorable. I love not experienced good weather at the moment, but I do love winter so it's okay. Lovely with the napkins. Thanks for sharing, and I wish you a wonderful rest of January. x
    Travel Inspiration

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  2. Thanks a ton for sharing Christmas bash recap here. Your Christmas bash was way too stunning. All these decoration items were so cute. I really got so impressed with the decoration and would like to use the ideas for my engagement party that I am going to host at a garden party venue NYC.

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    1. thank you! I'm not sure if Christmas thematics with so much red are the best for an engagement party though :)

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  3. Hello, Maiken! Eeep, -30 degrees is bad enough Fahrenheit. I can't (and frankly, don't want to haha) imagine it in Celsius! Sending warm thoughts and wishes your way <3

    These Christmas photos are too charming! The homemade walnut cake sounds like a dream, and the deep red theme of the second set of collages is so festive.

    The lush green fields make me yearn for summer too. I especially like how your cozy red sweater pops against the beautiful scenery. The pinecone shot from your hike is my favorite--the colors are so serene.

    I replied to your questions about disqus a while back, so I hope you got a notification! Let me know if you need to know more info--I'm happy to help :)

    Best wishes always!

    imperfect idealist

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    1. thank you very much, dear Lily! our weather did actually get warmer ;)
      I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. it's always pretty difficult to choose them, sometimes it takes several weeks, haha. oh and when it comes to Disqus I left you two more notes but I'm not sure if you received them or not. I should probably write you an e-mail or something :)

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  4. Wow, what a different scene compared to this -30 degree weather you're currently experiencing! Yikes, hope that tropical honeymoon gets there quickly aha
    Great flashback at Christmas and I adore the sun-splashed field you took those photos at! So pretty :D

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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    1. to be honest I can't wait to share those snowy (and cold) photos with my readers!
      thank you, Linda!

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  5. Love all the Finnish Iittala's Tanssi pieces! <3 And your red knitted cardigan looks perfect! Thank you Maiken for stopping by my blog, and leaving such a kind comment!

    xxx
    E from Helsinki, Finland
    http://helsinkidragonfly.blogspot.fi/

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    1. thank you too, Elisabeth! my grandmother knitted the cardigan by the way ;)

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  6. Oooh Maiken I can't believe that you could wear that read cardi without freezing, here it was already so cold at this time !
    But now I CAN'T imagine how cold you must felt with -30 degrees !! The maximum that we had was -15, an it was awful, how do you survive ??? :o
    But we are two who are just waiting for spring and summer :P

    I love your little Christmas decorations and tree, it's so lovely ! And Estonia is maybe cold, but it's really beautiful, always in love with your pictures!

    PS: I work on my wardrobe post, but it's kind of messy with all those HUGES winter sweater :/

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    1. thank you, dear Catherine! I'm happy you enjoyed my photos :) but when it comes to the cold I guess we Estonians are simply used to it. it's inevitable. and the only consolation is spring or a trip to somewhere warm. and those two I'm tensely waiting for right now because winter is not my season :P

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  7. Can't wait to see your new boots! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    xxx
    E from Helsinki, Finland
    http://helsinkidragonfly.blogspot.fi/

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  8. Each photo is just so perfect! Love these...
    You look gorgeous :)

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  9. I can't even imagine what living with -30ºC feels like brrr, but I'm looking forward to see the photos you took in the snow because it can be photogenic, indeed :) Here the coldest we've had was 0º and it didn't last long. Really enjoyed reading about your holidays and you got so many lovely things! And as usual, love the photos you took, the last ones made me miss long summer walks :) x

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  10. Great red cardigan!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

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