Village party at the end of the dirt road

The drive to the tiny village isn’t long, but we travel on a bumpy and narrow dirt road, winding through a dense forest. The six of us are crammed into our Defender, Aimi falls asleep, Iita keeps asking how it takes so long, all the while enjoying the roller coaster feel of it. After the…

There are no limits

Being free and being a woman. Writing. Motherhood. Photography. Watching the light change, looking at the stars. Drinking tea. Walking with my dogs. Watching our donkeys. Admiring colours and butterflies and rocks. Dreaming wildly. Walking barefoot, walking in high heals. Smoking the once every four years cigarette. Fantasizing of running away with my husband, having…

Dreaming new dreams

β€œCan you imagine, most of my dreams have come true. I’ve got everything I’ve ever wanted”, I thought to my husband the other night. I’ve said countless times that I want to live in the country, have kids and lots of animals, mainly big dogs and dairy goats. I’ve wanted to drive a Defender since…

Spare time joys

I find myself making plans. For distant future, if any. They might come true, or not. But the moments that I’m not reading (Unlearn, Rewild, or The Complete Buddhism for Mothers, or Home Grown – all fabulously captivating books, by the way), I am drawing a future house. In the forest. Or with a fantastic…

Hello joy, wonder and magic!

There’s a new page in the blog, 2015 project. Like many people, I’m always excited about the new year! I love the empty calendar, the possibilities the year might posses, the freshness. I also tend to look, at least briefly, back on the year past us. Last year we will remember as a time of…

Wacky kind of good

It’s soon two years since we moved to the mountain. I catch my breath thinking of all the things that have changed, all the events we never expected, and all the happenstances that have shaped our family. Living in Bosnia and the mountain is challenging. I’m out of words explaining how it is to live…

Two homes

I began my blogging ‘career’ years back, in Finland, with a blog called ‘Kahdessa paikassa’, translates to ‘In two places’. It appeared in a local online newspaper in the countryside and my posts were about living in and loving my two homes: rural Bromarv and Helsinki (capital city of Finland). I moved away from Finland…

Aimi is here, naturally

Our daughter ‘Aimi’ was born on Tuesday this week, the 5th of August. We walked in the hospital at 12.00, and our kiddo saw the world at 12.29. Before taking off to the mountain road to town, I’d been breathing, walking, dancing through my contractions for about nine hours. As our first girl ‘Iita’ was…

It’s all coming together – surprisingly, momentarily

Space for me to be me, settling on the mountain and Bosnia, and rewilding the family. Check, check, check. To be honest I am surprised. I’ve reached a lot of my objectives for this year. I’ve been writing. This blog. Another blog and some articles in Finnish. My journal. I’ve also bought some thought provoking,…

Off the well worn path

When do you need to change something? And how to know what needs changing? Be it hormonal or the fault of the cold and wet weather of the late spring and early summer, up until a few days ago I was feeling rather discontent here on our Mount Rewild. I have little patience in anyone’s…