The tour to Helsinki Highlights and Suomenlinna Unesco World Heritage site was an enormous experience!
The weather was warm and our host Arja provided us a tour to Suomenlinna fortress, guiding us professionally.
The Finnish Housing Fair for year 2022 were held in Naantali town, near Turku. We spent one day there.
It's July, but weather in Salo is chilly.
Naantali housing fair was built near sea shoreline, into a pine forest.
It may take some years until the nature restores it's normal state
One of our interests was to find a solution for our summer cottage fire site
JukkaTalo's Taukonuotio (do not bother to try to buy this, JukkaTalo went to bankrupty)
Trying to save the insects with this kind of "nests"
After Naantali, we drove to Turku town. On the old prison area "Kakolanmäki" you can find a short train lifting you up to the yard from the street.
This train uphill has suffered from bad quality and malfunctions
Turku town had not protected the Funikular guiding displays, so some pranksters had found the net address and hijacked them. Nowadays this has been repaired.
On this beautiful morning we headed to Kotka town, to find a boat service to reach Orrengrund island.
Orrengrund island is located on this map on the left side inside green form
We boarded a nice boat named "Nestori" in Sapokka harbour.
Kaunissaari kaivaten sua täällä muistelen - a song done by Juha Vainio about this beautiful island "Kaunissaari"
Small lighthouse found in the harbour of Kaunissaari island
Baltic Herrings a delicious freshly smoked. This is the oven taht is used to smoke the fish.
Smoke oven from inside. The herrings are placed into steel rods through their heads, so that the dripping grease drops down.
Before you place the herring into the rods, you need to remove the inner guts of them.
Arriving to Orrengrund island
Another type of smoke oven.
Orrengrund island's old lighthouse which is actually not a lighthouse, only so called "pooki" - a tower that can be seen from the sea.
On the cliffs of Orrengrund can be found wild grass-onion flowers.
Climbing up inside the Orrengrund tower
Looking out from the windows
Old military constructions
At orrengrund cliffs
Dry skin of a snake (probably a grass snake, natrix natrix)
All good things end someday... so we had to start going back to Kotka harbour
A memorial stone for one of the best songwriters in Finland: Mr Juhani "Junnu" Vainio spent part of his life in Kotka area and wrote songs that we all remember. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQYIff6o12o
I got a order to prepare for an event to let our customers to build insect hotels.
An insect-hotel idea was launched with a slogan "save the buzzers - pelasta pörriäinen"
So first I had to think about what shall I put inside the hotel? This large-tubed straw grows on the wetlands, and can have special insect inside
Osmankäämiyökkönen lays it's eggs on the leafs and lets their worms to eat themself inside this plant. After the pupa boxes are ready, the insect bites it's way out. Photo: https://www.suomen-perhoset.fi/osmankaamiyokkonen/
But before the build phase can be started, you will need good plans for the insect hotel
Also the tools need to be cheap and handy
I got some nice pieces of plywood from my friend Mataku
After pilot build is nearly ready, it needs to have the internal stuff dried and cut into pieces.
After filling, it will need the zinc-coated steel net in front
This old boat was heritaged to me from my father. He had bought it with his own father 1979 at Kangasala, to be able to go fishing.
As time goes by and the boat has been stored outside, the plywood inside the motor support backplate had rotten and broke. I had to start repair work by opening the glassfibers and crack all of the old plywood away.
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