May spring showers
Bear in the woods
My puppy Bear at the beach
Craft beers – so good
Pobol y Cwm’s old set at the BBC
Brooches I’m selling at the MADE Gallery
Evolution graffiti round Cardiff
Last month, Alex and I headed to Helsinki for a super long weekend. Before my trip to Finland, I knew only a few Finnish things, primarily the Moomins and Ivana Helsinki. I still don’t know that much more, but I’ve come away wanting to explore more of Finland (and everywhere else in the world, for that matter).
If you’re ever find yourself in Helsinki, here are a few things I recommend: enjoying a cinnamon bun & the emperors bride tea at Cafe Regatta, exploring the basement of the Arkadia International Bookshop (see the snake, the huge variety of books and plenty of places to sit and rest), see the Sibelius Monument, visit the City Museum for free and simply just wander round the city – Helsinki is a very walkable city. And remember the essential Finnish – “Hei” and “Kiitos”.
Anna 22 cafe
Arkadia International Bookshop
Beautiful furniture at the Design Museum
Alex posing by a load of colourful chairs
Beautiful houses by the river (reminds me of the Moomin house)
Helsinki City Gallery
Fazer cafe – I love the decor. Also I recommend the mandarin cake.
Alex on the way back to the hostel.
So London, visiting my friend there came at a strange time. The beginning of January has been tumultuous. Things have begun and ended, sometimes leading me to get a little lost along the way. However, at the same time, its put everything into perspective for me. When you’re put outside your comfort zone it makes you realise the things you really want and need. So, here’s to the hope of better times! :)
The Painted Hall
Lassco, a wonderful antiques shop in Bermondsey