Wabi-Sabi? Huh? Is it, some weird version of wasabi paste? No, it is not. It (侘寂) is a concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics constituting a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” That describes me to a tee. … More Wabi-Sabi

Awesome Food

While on our mini birthday getaway to the Adelaide Hills we went to Aldgate. A good cup of coffee was calling us.  The plan was to get back to the cottage before dark. That was very nearly kyboshed when we got a flat tyre. Well, semi-flat. After inspecting it more closely TRH decided to try adding … More Awesome Food

Echoes of Raili

I’m navel gazing this week. This post is all about me, me, me –  Raili. ‘Cos I celebrated my birthday last week. Top row L – R: me with Dad on my wedding day;  My brother Erkki, me, my sister Ritva after Dad’s funeral Middle row:  Me having a bubble bath; Mum and my siblings. … More Echoes of Raili

Leaving the Nest

The 26th of May is the anniversary of Marc’s arrival into our family. Twenty eight years ago, five months old,  we welcomed him into our hearts and home.  Where he has stayed ever since. As his birthday falls on Christmas Eve, when he was young we always held a homecoming birthday party for him so … More Leaving the Nest

Elmo’s Birthday

“Elmo! Elmo! I want to call him Elmo,”  Marc insisted  when asked for a name for his younger brother. Doesn’t matter what we said, he would not change his mind. Sesame Street was one of his favourite programs.  We had not long before accepted the offer of a little boy from the Philippines, our second … More Elmo’s Birthday