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On my recent visit to Helsinki lovely friends took me to Lake Tuusula, about 30 minutes from Helsinki.

We visited the house of Finnish painter Pekka Halonen. (1865 – 1933). He was famous for his Finnish landscapes and people in Realist style.

His beautiful wooden house sits by the edge of the lake. The position provided him with perfect inspiration for his art. He designed the house himself with his brother Antti and called it Halosenniemi.

I wish I could show you the inside of the house but there was a strict, no photo rule. Instead come for a walk around the outside. It was a bleak autumn day on our visit, but the garden and the views from it are enchanting. I must return in spring.

Pekka Halonen

Pekka Halonen i

Pekka Halonen

Pekka Halonen

Halonen’s studio was opened for the first time to the public in the 1950s. Tickets cost €8 and is open Tuesday – Sunday. The house is stunning and it is a wonderful insight into the life of the artist.

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I spotted the white duck last year when I was in Helsinki in winter. I am pleased to say that the duck is still in the water at Toolonlahti and doing well and fitting in with the others.

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white duck Helsinki

White duck Helsinki

White duck Helsinki

People leave food for the ducks to get them through the winter.

Helsinki ducks

I saw a duck friend on my walk around Toolonlahti. The ducks ran to meet her and were happy with her offerings.

Helsinki ducks

Helsinki ducks

It seems a few ducks have learned that it OK to stay behind for the winter.

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The first snow of the season has fallen on Helsinki. It gives everything a magical appearance.

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..no doubt there will be much more over the next few months.

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Winter weather doesn’t keep tough Finns inside.

Here are some gentlemen enjoying an outdoor activity.

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Helsinki

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Helsinki shines in the summer sun.

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Helsinki summer

Helsinki summer

Helsinki summer

Helsinki summer

Helsinki summer

Helsinki summer

Helsinki summer

Beautiful Helsinki. Summer is almost over, but autumn is beautiful too.

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What could be better than a trip into the Finnish countryside and a Kesamokki…summer cottage.

Jodie and Allan enjoyed some walks in the forest collecting berries…blueberries, bilberries, lingonberries, red currants, white currants and wild strawberries.

…and the results of all this work.

Berry picking

Berry picking

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Winter days are wonderful when the sun shines. There was still snow on my February walk around Toolonlahti. I’m sure it would all be gone now as Helsinki moves into warmer weather. Toolonlahti     Toolonlahti Toolonlahti Toolonlahti Toolonlahti Toolonlahti Keep on shining Helsinki.

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