Introduction:

"This blog is not necessarily for lovers of art, it includes a variety of topics and whatever. I'm a painter who likes to know what's really going on in the world today. So you might find anything from Shamrocks to Salmiakki mentioned here on my blog. There will of course be some boring, factual and informational posts, but I'll keep them to a minimum, I promise!

And I might get a bit nostalgic now and then.

So you have been warned!"


- Alan Hogan



Showing posts with label Destinations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Destinations. Show all posts

Monday, December 11, 2017

My Finland 100 : 41- 50







Finland became an independent state on 6 December 1917. Already there have been numerous events staged throughout the country to celebrate this centenary year. The theme of the centenary year is ‘Together’. 


As I have been a resident of Finland for the past ten years I wanted to do a little something. For this I decided to post 100 images to my Instagram account on social media with the hashtag #finland100_igchallenge .




Anyone familiar with the Instagram application will be aware of the vast amount of wonderful photography posted every day online. There are so many amazing images to be found featuring Finland's stunning nature and landscapes. I imagine my photography may be lack lustre in comparison and as a result may not be noticed. So I decided to simply look closer in and around my new home for another approach. I have posted a variety of images found around my own house and neighbourhood. I didn't know much about Finland before I moved here, so I view this as an opportunity to show others a few things I discovered about or associated with Finland and it's culture. I have included everyday items, nostalgic items, locations, food and also some Finnish-themed artworks which I painted myself while living here. In other words, a bit of everything!!




The images are in no particular order of importance or preference, so I'll continue with 41-50...






41/100

The sandwich cake! .. the smörgåstårta can be found at many celebration parties throughout Finland. This savoury dish has been perfected in Finland, as shown here by a great chef from Bromarf! These two sandwich cakes were made specially for my birthday and were delicious! ..Thanks Tanja!! 😊🍰

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42/100
'Autumn Birches' (acrylic-on-canvas) #finland100_igchallenge 42/100
..posting a series of random images (including some of my own art) from or associated with Finland to celebrate the country's 100th birthday! ...'probably should've posted this earlier, all the leaves have fallen at the stage! ☺🍁

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43/100
..late night snack! A national dish of Finland 'The Karelian Pie'! ..yum!!
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44/100
...in Finland you're never too far from nature. I took this photo only 2 minutes from my house today. 🌲🌲🍁🌲
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45/100
..I was never too fond of mustard back in Ireland except for a tiny bit of Colmans on a toasted ham & cheese sandwich. But the mustard in Finland is more to my liking, especially 'Turun Sinappia' on makkara (finnish sausage).

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46/100
...these ABC service stations are everywhere in Finland, at least everywhere I've travelled. They're a one-stop shop for petrol, grocery shopping and dining! 🚘⛽🚘🚚🚕 ... 'took this photo at my local ABC today!
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47/100
...a painting of a house in my neighbouring town of Ekenäs in Finland. 'The Green House' (acrylic-on-canvas), ...well it was green when I painted it! 😀🎨
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48/100
.. a crafty old Finn I once knew handcarved these butterknives from old juniper wood. Some say Santa Claus started this tradition but these ones are definately the upgrade! .🎅..
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49/100
...as world leaders in coffee consumption Finland needs to have the best coffeemachines! That's why you will find one of these in most Finnish households, the 'Moccamaster'. I have this Ferrari red model and it makes an amazing brew! Although the machine is made in Holland I regard it as a part of my Finnish experience! 🍵
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50/100
... throwback Thursday ..the beautiful Havis Amanda photographed last summer in Helsinki.

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More of my Finland 100 coming soon.

See available posts:

My Finland 100 :   1- 10

My Finland 100 : 11- 20

My Finland 100 : 21- 30

My Finland 100 : 31- 40

My Finland 100 : 41- 50

My Finland 100 : 51- 60


















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Thursday, December 7, 2017

My Finland 100 : 21-30







Finland became an independent state on 6 December 1917. Already there have been numerous events staged throughout the country to celebrate this centenary year. The theme of the centenary year is ‘Together’. 


As I have been a resident of Finland for the past ten years I wanted to do a little something. For this I decided to post 100 images to my Instagram account on social media with the hashtag #finland100_igchallenge .

Anyone familiar with the Instagram application will be aware of the vast amount of wonderful photography posted every day online. There are so many amazing images to be found featuring Finland's stunning nature and landscapes. I imagine my photography may be lack lustre in comparison and as a result may not be noticed. So I decided to simply look closer in and around my new home for another approach. I have posted a variety of images found around my own house and neighbourhood. I didn't know much about Finland before I moved here, so I view this as an opportunity to show others a few things I discovered about or associated with Finland and it's culture. I have included everyday items, nostalgic items, locations, food and also some Finnish-themed artworks which I painted myself while living here. In other words, a bit of everything!!

The images are in no particular order of importance or preference, so I'll continue with 21-30...



21/100
..Monday sounds! #finland100_igchallenge 21/100 - Finnish band Damn Seagulls 2009 album 'Hunting Season' bears up well! 🐻🐻🐻

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22/100
Rauli "Badding" Somerjoki would have been 70 today. (30 Aug 1947 – 14 Jan 1987) - His nickname Badding was derived from Paddington Bear.

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23/100
'Had to try this springwater despite extreme arm pain today. Maybe it has some miracle qualities?!!! 😇✨💪 ....A nice new public park called 'Dagmar's Park' opened recently near where I live. A wonderful gift from the Fiskars corporation to the Finnish people and friends of Finland to celebrate Finland's 100th year anniversary.

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24/100
Late night tv, a Finnish dvd movie called 'Rööperi'. Decent crime movie set in Helsinki with good Finnish humour.


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25/100
Congrats to Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki who's film 'Toivon tuolla puolen' (The Other Side of Hope) has just won the International Federation of Film Critics Grand Prix 2017 award for best film. It's the second time he's won this award, the first time was in 2002 for this film 'The Man Without a Past'. If you haven't watched any of his movies then I recommend this one or my favourite 'Drifting Clouds'.
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26/100
Bronze statue in Helsinki of Elias Lönnrot, 'best known for writing the Finnish national epic 'Kalevala'. ..The long-bearded guy beside him is Väinämöinen the hero of the story. Statue by Emil Wikström 1902. 

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27/100
...around this time every year in Finland the big MEHU-MAIJA comes out of storage. It's a finnish juice extractor and it's making apple juice to be frozen for the long cold winter. 'Just need to plug it in and wait for the good stuff!! 🍏🍏

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28/100
...the dish drain closet! A great idea invented in Finland. Any water from the dishes drains into a hole at the bottom of the closet and down to the sink underneath. Best of all it's functional, eco-friendly and keeps wet dishes out of sight!

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29/100
Finland is the biggest consumer of coffee in the world per capita and here's an old coffee can by a Finnish company called Paulig of Helsinki @pauligfi . The text is printed in Finnish on one side and Swedish on the other, the two official languages of Finland.

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30/100
The word 'Sisu' is best described as the will to persevere through all to achieve ones goals, or determination, or 'to have guts'. It is held by Finns themselves to express their national character. Sisu is also the name of a Finnish truck manufacturer who's factory has been a close neighbour of mine for the past ten years.
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More of my Finland 100 coming soon.

See available posts:

My Finland 100 :   1- 10

My Finland 100 : 11- 20

My Finland 100 : 21- 30

My Finland 100 : 31- 40

My Finland 100 : 41- 50

My Finland 100 : 51- 60






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My Finland 100 : 11-20







Finland became an independent state on 6 December 1917. Already there have been numerous events staged throughout the country to celebrate this centenary year. The theme of the centenary year is ‘Together’. 


As I have been a resident of Finland for the past ten years I wanted to do a little something. For this I decided to post 100 images to my Instagram account on social media with the hashtag #finland100_igchallenge .

Anyone familiar with the Instagram application will be aware of the vast amount of wonderful photography posted every day online. There are so many amazing images to be found featuring Finland's stunning nature and landscapes. I imagine my photography may be lack lustre in comparison and as a result may not be noticed. So I decided to simply look closer in and around my new home for another approach. I have posted a variety of images found around my own house and neighbourhood. I didn't know much about Finland before I moved here, so I view this as an opportunity to show others a few things I discovered about or associated with Finland and it's culture. I have included everyday items, nostalgic items, locations, food and also some Finnish-themed artworks which I painted myself while living here. In other words, a bit of everything!!

The images are in no particular order of importance or preference, so I'll continue with 11-20...


11/100
Moomin troll is off on a trip today!

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12/100
So up goes the big midsummer pole in Bromarf and midsummer (Juhannus/Midsommar) celebrations can begin. 

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13/100
Midnight photoshot, well 12.15am to be precise. 'Could be a bit warmer though, had to wear long trousers tonight!

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14/100
Tap of the morning!


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15/100
...old Nokia - original footwear! 👟👟 (click right side of photo for more images)


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16/100
Old window in Finland.

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17/100
'Turku Cathedral'


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18/100

'Taking a break' (acrylic-on-canvas)

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19/100
Yum! 😘🍯 ...'not the runny kind of honey you find back in Ireland, this finnish honey is solid and tastes great in a hot coffee!!

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20/100
'Raseborg Castle' (Raaseporinlinna, Raseborgs Slott)


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More of my Finland 100 coming soon.

See available posts:

My Finland 100 :   1- 10

My Finland 100 : 11- 20

My Finland 100 : 21- 30

My Finland 100 : 31- 40

My Finland 100 : 41- 50

My Finland 100 : 51- 60






More of my Finland 100 coming soon, but for now I want to share this video I found online which asks the question "What do Finns think about the Finland 100 Years of Independence?" 








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Thanks for reading my blog and please feel free to share it with any of your friends.



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