2017 Trip – Day 1

Checked in OK for flight to Helsinki, but plane was late departing. Reason was unclear, but there seemed to be a very long queue just to get into the gate. Queue didn’t go away until boarding was already underway.

Plane was new A350, so 3-3-3 configuration, but long haul experience with screen in back of seat and video on demand (including two external views of aircraft). Not clear if this is a permanent change or just the aircraft that was available, but economy class was pretty full.  I was fortunate and there was no-one in the middle of my block of three seats.

Still 10 minutes late on arrival to Helsinki, that plus slow bus ride to terminal meant that I only just caught the Oulu flight and my bag didn’t.

Met at Oulu by Timo’s daughter Milla who helped me to fill in the missing bag form. Then long drive to kennels  with two other arriving guides. Evening meal was Pike – very tasty.

Helsinki Trip – Day 2

For the second day of our trip Monika suggested that we visit the Finnish National Library.  This was not a destination we would normally have selected, but it was really a very interesting and recently restored building.

The first room you enter has a magnificent dome surrounding which are beautifully decorated arches.  Through a door is a three storey reading room.

In the central tower Monika found a heavy read…

Monika Heavy Read

…but Sophia found something rather lighter.

Sophia Hebrew

Whilst Marina went back to her University days.

Marina Psychology

 

First day in Adelaide

Well, here I am at the start of my third trip to Australia and ready to spend five weeks in Sunny Woomera. Since I will be driving up to Woomera and it is a long drive, I have two rest days to enjoy the delights of Adelaide (or at least as much as I can as I recover from jet lag).

Opting for a nice easy start I visited the Adelaide Botanical Gardens. These come highly recommended and what’s more, entry is FREE!

The first thing I visited was this rather delightful greenhouse with a rather splendid palm tree in the centre.

Outside the greenhouse was an interesting collection of cacti.

  • Greenhouse in Adelaide Botanical Garden

Elasti-fork

We often hear these days of the perils of obesity and that everyone needs to take more exercise. High tech solutions have been proposed to limit the rate at which people can eat, but here is a simple and cheap way to keep the waste line under control.

Fix your fork to the table with a short stout piece of elastic. Struggling to pull the fork to your mouth will not only slow down the rate of eating, but also provide invaluable exercise which is proportional to the amount of food consumed.

Dad