Tuesday, 31 January 2017

I moved to Ireland 20 years ago today..

My first time in Galway since '99!
Picture from November 2011

Time flies.. Twenty years ago today, I moved from Helsinki to Galway - above, a picture of my then home (the two windows on the right, and the door to the shared balcony, were my living room)..

Then, I moved to Bray in March 1999, and to my current home in Drumree, in April 2014..

Actually, Bray was my longest lasting home as I lived in three different addresses in Helsinki, 10 + 10 + 5 years.. And 15 years in the same Bray address, where I still have some of my stuff =D

Come August, I'll have had Irish blood for twenty years as well, but that's another story..

Sunday, 22 January 2017

I thought they should have their own page & blog..

I had planned to finish some more Threefingermen pictures, today, but I made them a Facebook page (feel free to Like it!), and as I already had the URL, I thought I might as well start a blog for them while at it, so they are now on Blogger as well - www.threefingermen.com redirects you there =)

Tomorrow, I'll be busy with something else, and on Tuesday, I need to have my car fixed as it failed NCT, last week.. But I'm hoping to get new pics finished and posted on Wednesday..

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Some framed Threefingermen

Greenlo the Snake, and Redlo

I've framed some Threefingermen - character names are in picture captions..

IKEA Ribba 10 x 15 cm frames (all black, with white passe-partout).

Every picture is unique and hand-painted. Email me if you're interested in buying one =)

Charlotta the Green Cat


Purplo the Dragon 
Redlo, and Charlotta the Green Cat

Friday, 13 January 2017

Coffee corner

When I moved in to my current home, my friend T (who lived here before me) left behind a Dolce Gusto coffee machine, which was supposed to be broken. However, it was only suffering from the extremely hard water, and after some vinegar treatment, it was back in action - I never use the local tap water in the kettle or coffee machines as it would just insta-stain them.. Instead, I bring tap water from Bray as it's perfect =D (Even the cats drink Bray water.. heh..)

For a long time, I was happily enjoying Dolce Gusto coffees, but especially after comparing to the Nespresso stuff (D had a Nespresso machine in Bray), I felt that Dolce Gusto was mainly good for stuff like cappuccino or latte macchiato, whereas the espresso or barista were lacking "oomph"..

Well.. D bought himself a DeLonghi coffee machine, and now uses freshly ground beans only.. Soooo, he didn't need his Nespresso machine (nor the milk frother) anymore, and gave them to me! =D

My coffee corner now takes the largest part of my available kitchen counter space, but what can you do.. I still like to use the Dolce Gusto as well! And I also drink lots of tea, so the kettle is necessary..

Monday, 9 January 2017

Bad timing, and a postponed NCT..

I was on my way to Deansgrange NCT centre, when it started raining.. I switched the windscreen wipers on, and they got stuck again! (I had a similar issue with them, about a month ago, but it was fixed since, and everything had been working fine..)

The timing REALLY sucked as I could have made it there in time, but there was no point to drive dangerously as broken windscreen wipers wouldn't really be great for the NCT..

I parked somewhere in Stillorgan, phoned to re-book the NCT (which means I'll have to pay extra, because I cancelled so last minute..), and then phoned the AA..

AA man was awesome, though! The previous time, I called the AA as well, but the guy just opened it up, and said he couldn't fix it, so I ended up borrowing D's car until I had the time to take mine to the garage.. But this guy was able to actually fix it. OK, it's not a permanent fix, but it'll do for now.

Just thinking, why, oh, WHY couldn't it have happened AFTER the NCT?!? =/

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year 2017

I was in Bray for the New Year's Eve, and today, just relaxing at home all day =)

Got my best nine Instagram pics thing (above) - the kitties seem popular, which is not surprising.. =)

Met up with a friend, and her son (my lovely godson, above) while in Bray ♥