Stay Cool at Lillan

The wonderful heat wave just continues to linger at Finland. The temperature stays above 30 celsius degrees.

They’ve given a lot of common sense instructions how to keep the not-air-conditioned houses at reasonable temperatures. To keep windows and doors open at night and tightly shut with curtains down by daytime.

At Lillan it’s a bit different, though. Do keep all the windows and doors open at daytime, as well. The breeze from the sea is continuous and cooling. Let it swipe it’s refreshing touch through Lillan ❤️

Life Wisdom

Open your petals/wings/mind for the opportunities.

You don’t need to stand in a row to be beautiful.

It’s okay to bloom also in secret places.

Bloom and fruits await.

Enjoy contrasts.

Life wisdom by Lillan garden ❤

Ahoy Summer!

Oh boy, are we ready for summer ❤ The garden has started its amazing bloom again.

The wood is all piled up and drying to be packed in the wood shed at the end of the summer.

Let them now dry well there in the sun next to the shed ❤ (There was quite a lot work to get them there but it did feel good to see it done!)

Only few preparations left to do and then I can officially announce the summer period to have begun. So, ahoy summer, welcome!

Almost Summer

Today you could already sense the summer feeling ❤ Yes, a bit chilly but still.

The way the sun glimmered on the sea and the gulls shrieked was just so summery.

After the long, dark and cold winter it’s more than welcomed feeling.

Yep, so be it. And just how wonderful that is!

Berries and Mushroom


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?

It is totally wonderful that everyone can enjoy the Finnish beautiful, fresh and clean nature. As our environmental administration writes:

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:

You may

  • 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
  • litter
  • 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!


After the storm


August storm, couple of years ago. After heavy rain Mother Nature served her best in a bit different form. Couldn’t believe my eyes for these beautiful views at Dalsbruk harbor. Have a walk with me and enjoy the scenery! #nofilter





About Acaridae

The pictures of those tiny ticks are somewhat repelling so did not want to set one as a header image. Using these old pics of mine from lovely Högsåra island instead. No hearts in this headline, though. Borreliosis or tick-borne encephalitis are no laughing matter.

I’ve got several questions about whether there are Acaridae at Kimito Islands. Here you can see where they’ve found in year 2014. So yes, there are here too.

There are lots of hints how to avoid tick bites. Common sense is the best protector: if you stroll in a dense, long grass, it is good to check you and especially children quite soon for any ticks. Where would those mites endulge? Then avoid or be cautious in such places.

I’ve lived in Lillan for several years with my children and explored the archipelago quite thoroughly. Never ever have we even had a tick on us, not to mention having a tick bite.

Obviously, better safe than sorry. We’ve got vaccinated against TBE and check for ticks. But not hysterically. We live and enjoy normally, no mite panic included.

I cannot guarantee you 100% tick-free stay. Hope I could. But for all those years we’ve lived here, nada, never. I can only wish you the same.

Picturesque Antiquity

Got recommended to visit a lovely place at Perniö: Säterin Antiikki. Well, those recommendations were worth listening: It took less than an hour’s drive from Lillan and there was really a treasure in the end of that rainbow. (Do click the pictures to see them larger – things in them are worth it!)

The charming attic of a barn house renovated into the antique sales use intrigued my imagination. So captivating – you could almost hear the stories these old items had to tell.

Wonderful, old things, beautifully displayed. The prices weren’t that bad, either. What enthralled me most was the history even the smallest things indirectly hinted. For instance the old pharmacy tags. Colic drops, sure. But a white potion? And dysentery drops. World has changed and these relics of the past tell it best.

The charming old couple living in the Lintilä mansion were kind enough to tell me about the history of the estate. It goes back to the beginning of the 1600th century. At year 1510 the first owner of (then written) Lindilä, Klaus Henrik’s son, gave it to his widowed relative Cecilia Jakob’s daughter. Noblemans, Coronels and other vivid persons entwined in the history, almost like from a fairytale. You can sense that long lane there.

Went in the steeper route but came back the easier way. (And yes, surely had my mini assistant trio along. After all, we even had a swimming dip nearby, wonderful little lake hinted by the owners. My firstborn was kind enough to lend his helping hand with the footage.)

We got a tour on the estates. The chapel on the premise is an old granary renovated.

And the garden of the mansion then, oh my. Old flora, beautifully taken care of.

No wonder there had been a lot of visitors at the open gardens’ day.

Wanted of course something as a memento to Lillan as well. Got intrigued by the old graphic prints from the 1900th century. Especially one by William Henry Bartlett called me. I know it says Cove Harbour but I always read it as ‘Love Harbour’. What could better fit Lillan?

But the picture looked a bit lonely on the wall. So I companied it with the front leaf of and old steal industry magazine found from the Lillan attic.


I love the idea that when looked from a right perspective, they both are again connected with the ocean. The boy catching fish from 1958 and the Port De Cove from 1859.

And they both suite quite well the Master Bedroom atmosphere as well, don’t you think?

Thank you Säterin Antiikki, Liisa and Sakari. We’ll come back, definitely.


(Not so) Stormy

They had promised quite stormy weather for the end of June.

My older children were at island Biskopsö on Treasure Island -camp. This was the day they were due to return. Of course, I was quite worried. How would the sea turn, would the trip turn out well?

Went to the Lillan shore. This was how it looked on its worst. It was actually very beautiful: the sun showed up and the waves had not-so-stormy spirit at all. The sea had exceptional green tone.


No wonder they have been using Dalsbruk gulf for centuries now. Quite peaceful and safe. Mostly it looked like this (the video does show upright even the preview is topsy-turvy. Click HD to see it more clearly):

​And the children came to Dalsbruk harbour safe and sound. Gear wet, tired but with a spread smile. All was well, again.


Midsummer roses from Lillan garden

I feel so priviledged. Driving to Lillan to welcome new guests. Sun shining after heavy rain, smiling myself as having promised lovely weather to Lillan guests.

When arriving to Lillan, an astonishing, sweet rose perfume lingering everywhere. Midsummer roses have started their incredible bloom and the wonderful fragrance is astonishingly strong after the rain.

Picking the welcoming flowers from own garden, still rain droplets on their petals. Midsummer is almost here ❤️