Now that I’ve finally finished that one novel and sent it off — how lovely to type those two words, “The End”– I can get back to showing more pictures from my trip to Finland (and a million billion other things). Today it’s the day of the cousins gathering, which was great fun. I have to convince Bertie to come to the next one in 2015.
Helka and Jussi consult on the booli
The recipe for the welcoming punch is complicated and requires a lot of taste tests 😉
Helvi and Sanni didn’t have to come too far; they were just next door.
Soon the house is filling up; at first a lot of people were reluctant to try to speak English, but it soon turned out that everyone spoke better English than my poor Finnish.
Lots of pictures taken: I hope to get some later to replace my simple camera photos.
Helka orchestrated the events, from humorous speeches to a quick rundown of the family tree and more.
Although the family originally springs from Kemi in Lapland, cousins have spread across Finland and the world, but many were able to come.
We got sunburnt in Lapland drinking booli.
Yes, there was kantele music! Marja played and sang beautifully. Sometimes she even got her daughters to join her. The concert kantele is a long way from my 5 and 10 string instruments.
Everyone enjoyed the music. Quite a few sighs and tears; her rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was exquisite.
More to come: it was such a wonderful visit!