Children have had so many Halloween parties! For me, and many especially older Finns, this day is a memorial day for those who have passed away. Candle lights, warm memories. Peace and quiet. But for children, it’s mostly trick or treat 🦇🍅
One night for full moon at Friday. Darn me not having my proper camera with me at Lillan!
Can you tell the difference between street lights and the moon?
Even drove to the harbour to try to get a better pic. Well, at least a bit different view.
This little picture gives a hint of the preparations for this weekend at Lillan. When everything is ready, I’ll tell more❤️
But one thing that’s for sure are the stars. Not so common a thing to see in a big city or thickly populated country. But here, they are like every night, unless it’s very cloudy. Best to be seen when it’s darker season, that is autumn or winter.
You can just step outside from the door when the sun has gone down. But to make most of it, you can go to the beach. There, above the sea, there are no lights to disturb the perfect star gazing experience.
Do you want to see Milky Way? To spot your own Wish Upon a Star?
Welcome to stay at Lillan and take your own Star Tour!
It is a common misbelief that you can see Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) only above the polar circle.
They are everywhere. Obviously, closer to the poles you go more common they are since there the earth’s magnetic field does not protect us from these amazing particles as well.
Northern lights can be seen even at Kimito Islands, as these wonderful pictures show. They were taken in the evening on a island shore.
To see the Northern lights, the most important thing is darkness. Hence, they show well above the sea since there is even less light waste around. During nighttime, our islands are very dark, totally undisturbed by city lights, compared to most other areas in Europe.
Best time of year to see the Northern lights is when it’s darker. That is, autumn or winter. Welcome to stay at Lillan and witness the amazing, wonderful
Leaves are falling big time. Bright summer light is being replaced by soft autumn light.
Time to make autumn preparations also in Lillan. The bigger bedroom downstairs also gets its winter carpet on the floor.
The memento of previous autumns on the wall is now very seasonal.
The colours coming from outside are just amazing. Soft and warm despite the cold wind the sea brings.
Time for the hygge Lillan provides. Fireplace brings something very primitive feelings of safety. To cuddle up in warm blanket on the livingroom sofa and just to listen the little cracking and humming of the fire.
Autumn is definitely one of my favourite seasons ❤ How about yours?
There is so much to see and to do at Lillan and its close-by areas. I want to reward you who understand the value of this and want to invest their time for the real luxury – for a leisure time. Or for a work in amazingly inspiring surroundings.
Book for a week, get 7. day free, so you’ll pay only for 6 nights. Book for two weeks, get 13. & 14. day free. You’ll pay only for 12 nights.
Year 2018 will open for bookings at 2nd of October 2017.
For this year, there are still available days in September, October and November, even December. And due to one guest family’s changed plans Christmas is open for bookings. Who will be the lucky one catching that first?
You can book your stay by email, phone (+358505164543) or the form at Lillan Bookings page. Just tell your name, period of stay and any other wishes you might think.
I want to remind you for the beautiful, amazing nature and light at this time of the year. In addition to all the basic services running smoothly at Dalsbruk, there is a special sense of calm and peace as the Mother Nature itself snuggles for winter.
All the pictures in this post are taken at November. From September to October autumn foliage is amazing. For November, the magical light surrounds everything. And by December there is often already a thin snow cover.
And Lillan, of course, is warm and cozy all year round. As the days get shorter, the hygge of Lillan just amplifies.
At the September Open Sunday 10th of September 2017 there is also an Open Doors happening at Dalsbruk. There are several old houses with their personal names attending, telling their part of Dalsbruk’s history for some centuries.
Old houses all have their own stories. Present owners are there to tell what they know and maybe even to hear more about the history of the houses.
And the names of the houses at Dalsbruk, then. Not were houses known by their location but by their names. In Sibirien (Siberia) it was almost always quite cold since it is located on a high bank by the sea. And Kärringslänktan (Hags’ yearning) there used to live the factory’s men still without wife and family.
The event was inspired by the book “Från Honolulu till Sibirien”, collected by the Dalsbruk village union.
Lillan will attend, of course. It is one of the oldest houses still left in Dalsbruk. About its name I’ve already told in this post.
Other houses to attend and see are
Marmorpalatset (2 apartments and garden)
Nybyggningen (2 apartments)
Övre Kajlins (1 apartment + garden)
Worker’s apartments in Bruksmuseums area
Link to the event (in Facebook) here. Event is arranged by Saariston Kulttuuriseurue – Skärgårdens Kultursällskap.
The eastern part of Lillan is quite ideal for breakfast or brunch since it has the sun shining on it from the morning to noon. The old table was a bit shaky.
It was time to get new ones. By getting this set a bit out of the wall you can have six persons there sitting comfortably. The small stools are on the same hight as chairs and can be used for sitting nicely.
And since it is more or less autumn, the hammock is gone. I’ll still have to ponder if this is the best place for it – next spring you’ll see. But with strong, secure ropes, that much I can promise.
Lillan got this tiny, lovely porcelain jug from Lillaneers. It is so sweet! ❤ Thank you E. and friends, wonderful to see you soon again in Lillan!
In Finland we have this amazing thing called Everyman’s rights. It gives everyone right to enjoy the wonderful things nature is now full of. Berry season is in its full bloom and the forests provide tussocks of blueberries to indulge, swamps cloudberries. Strawberry season was a bit earlier, lingonberries and cranberries are almost ripe. And after the few heavy rains we’ve got now even mushrooms popping up. My utmost favourite is chanterelle, which one is yours?
Public access rights, or so-called everyman’s rights, refer to the right of everyone in Finland to enjoy outdoor pursuits regardless of who owns or occupies an area. You do not need the landowner’s permission, and there is no charge. However, you must not damage the environment or disturb others while exercising public access rights.
The large areas of forests and fells and sparse population in Finland provide an excellent setting for exercising public access rights.
In a nutshell, do’s and don’ts listed:
walk, ski or cycle in areas outside private gardens and land that is in a specific use (for example cultivated fields and plantations)
stay for a short period in any area where access is otherwise allowed (for example put up a tent, but not too close to people’s homes)
pick wild berries, mushrooms and flowers
fish with a rod and line, and through a hole in the ice in wintertime
walk on the ice or boat.
You may not
disturb other people or damage the environment
disturb nesting birds or game
cut down or damage trees
collect moss, lichen, soil or wood
disturb the privacy of homes
drive a motor vehicle off the road without the landowner’s permission
fish and hunt without the appropriate permits.
But the best part is that you don’t have to go any further than Lillan garden for berry delight if you don’t feel like it. There grows strawberries, rhubarb, blackcurrants, raspberries, cherries, wild plums and apples. And they are all available for Lillaneers as they ripe ❤
Today had my little assistant with me welcoming guests. As we waited, she hunted for the raspberry bush treasures.
Worth picking and eating, those raspberries, yummy!