Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My 2014

Jälle see aeg käes. Ma ei suuda uskuda kui kiiresti aasta teine pool on läinud. Pole olnud sellist aegagi, et kirjutada.

Minu 2014
Trenn. Jooksin 1684km.
Joonistasin 8 pilti (alates 2007 aastast ei ole nii vähe veel joonistanud :( )
Käisin 2 riigis. Nädal Kuopios, Soomes. Nädal Iirmaal. Valepoolne liiklus :D Ei jõua järgmist suve ja Cornwalli ära oodata. Sotimaa peab veel aasta ootama.
1 kontsert, One Republic.
Sain Goodreads`i väljakutse tehtud, 50 raamatut. Ei kujuta ette, kuidas mõni inimene suudab reaalselt lugeda a la 120 või 300 raamatut. Ma puhtfüüsiliselt üle 50 ei jõua. Kas neil tööd või ma ei tea, muid tegevusi ei ole?

Uued kogemused
Jaanuar Põhjaka. Sotsiaalainete juht
Veebruar Käsitööring. Keedutainas. Brownie
Märts Kuopio. Kringel. Toidukoolitus
Aprill Makroonid. Sefiir. Tordikoolitus
Mai Sefiiritort. Rummmipallid
Juuni  Sokolaaditort
Juuli Vasakpoolne liiklus. Plaatisin täiesti üksinda ruumi
November Suhkrulilled
Detsember Sushi valmistamine

This time of year again. I cannot believe how incredibly fast the second part of this year has passed. I have not even had the time to sit down and write.

Summary of my 2014.
Training. Ran 1684km.
Made 8 drawings. I have never drawn that little.
Visited 2 coutries. A week in Kuopio, Finland. A week in Ireland. Wrong side traffic :D Cannot wait for doing that again in summer.
Saw only 1 concert.One Republic.
Completed my Goodreads reading challenge of 50 books again. As much as last year but realistically I am not able to read any more. I simply do not understand people who read 120 or 300 books a year. Don`t they have jobs? Lives?

New experiences in 2014.
January. Põhjaka Manor.
February. Handicraft course
March. Kuopio.
April. Divinity. Macarons. Cake training
May. Divinity cake. Rum balls
June. Chocolate cake
July. Wrong-sided traffic. Plastering a room by myself
November. Sugar flowers
December. Making sushi

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Reading resolutions for 2015

Done ^_^ 
I found this reading challenge. And since my Goodreads goal for this year is 50 books again, I thought to try it. To keep track of the list:
50 categories (51 books)
* 30.08. finished my 50th book this year ^_^ *

1. A book with more than 500 pages  The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes                  
2. A classic romance North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
3. A book that became a movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
4. A book published this year Kuninglikud armastuslood. Tõeline armastus kuningakodade suletud uste taga. Gill Paul
5. A book with a number in the title The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
6. A book written by someone under 30 Kristiine Kurema Liblika lein
7. A book with nonhuman characters The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
8. A funny book Wtfudge am I supposed to read? Supposed to be How to be a Woman (didn`t find funny the slightest). Downloaded Free the Shorts from Amazon Humour section. What the fude was that? Others claim those to be funny, so be it.
9. A book by a female author Local Hero by Nora Roberts
10. A mystery or a thriller Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
11. A book with a one word title Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
12. A book of short stories Miss Marple kogutud lühijutud Agatha Christie
13. A book set in a different country Delirium by Lauren Oliver
14. A nonfiction book Kuidas panna inimesi tegutsema by
15. A popular author`s first book Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
16. A book from an author you love that you haven`t read before The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling
17. A book a friend recommended Bullery lapsed Astrid Lindgren
18. A Pulitzer-priced book Empire Falls by Richard Russo
19. A book based on a true story Väike raamat suurest leinast by Ian Gilbert
20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
21. A book your mom loves    Eat, pray, love by Elizabeth Gilbert
22. A book that scares you Kinnimüüritud tuba, lugude kokkupanija Kalle Kurg, kes ei ole autor; Horowitzi õudus I by Anthony Horowitz
23. A book more than 100 years old North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
24. A book based entirely on its cover Honeysuckle Hollow by Jennifer Moormann
25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn`t  Hahahaha :D
26. A memoir Metsik Cherly Strayed
27. A book you can finish in a day  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by
  Sleep! By
28. A book with antomyms in the title North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
29. A book set somewhere you`ve always wanted to visit The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern
30. A book that came out the year you were born Kullimaja Marta  Ellinor Rängel
31. A book with bad reviews How the In-Laws Wrecked Christmas by Fiona Gison
32. A trilogy Divergent , Insurgent , Allegiant by Veronica Roth
33. A book from your childhood Kui ma väike olin Liina Raudsik
34. A book with a love triangle The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
35. A book set in the future The Maze Runner by James Dashner
36. A book set in high school  Looking for Alaska by John Green
37. A book with a colour in the title Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
38. A book that made you cry. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
39. A book with magic Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
40. A graphic novel Troubled Waters by
41. A book by an author you`ve never read before Midsummer Magic by Julia Williams
42. A book you own but have not read The Bridesmaid Pact by Julia Williams
43. A book that takes place in your hometown  Türi - kilde kihelkonna ja linna arengust by J.Arvola jt
44. A book that was originally written in a different language 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber
45. A book set during Christmas A Will and a Way by Nora Roberts
46. A book written by an author with your same initials  Sleep! By
47. A play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
48. A banned book Alice imedemaal Luis Carroll
49. A book based or turned into a TV show The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
50. A book you started but never finished North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell


I finally got to see The Battle of the Five Armies. Major effects and a nice summary to the Hobbit trilogy and prequel to Lord of the Rings. But that is not what this post is about obviously.

Thranduil as portrayed by the talented Lee Pace was .. to melt for. I have seen the first Hobbit film but not the second one. He appeared in An Unexpected Journey but then he did not catch my eye for some reason. But he is amazing. I have never liked men with long hair. Thranduil on the other hand is  (well, technically Lee Pace) gorgeous.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Miks sa mehele ei ole läinud?

Juhtusin paar päeva tagasi kokku oma vana klassijuhatajaga. Nii tore oleks alustada, et esimese klassijuhatajaga aga meil vahetusid nad millegipärast väga tihti ja kolmandas klassis oli juba kolmas inimene. See selleks.
Näen teda, ütlen: "Tere!", tema vastu:"Tere. Miks sa mehele ei ole läinud?" Ei mingit, kuidas sul läinud on? Ilus ilm täna! vms viisakusavaldust. Hea küll, väike koht, ta on kursis, kus ma töötan. Teoreetiliselt võib natuke teada, kuidas mul igapäevaselt läheb (spordiga on ka teoreetiliselt kursis). Aga mitte see ei ole tähtis kuidas minul läheb vaid miks ma mehele ei ole läinud. Oleks siis vähemalt:"Miks sa meest ei ole võtnud?"
"Lihtsalt ei ole."
"Jäädki vanatüdrukuks?"
No ju siis jään. Sest abielu on ju see, mis mind määrab. See on elu eesmärk. Ja nii kaua kui seda ei ole, siis on põhiline huvi MIKS?
Kas ma olen valesti aru saanud, et praegu on 21. sajand? Ma ei kavatse leiutada põhjuseid. Ei ole õige inimesega veel kohtunud. Elu ei jää elamata kui ei kohtu.
Rääkisime natuke aega veel ja lõpetuseks ikka mure, et:"Sa ei mõelnud seda ju tõsiselt?"

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Éire vol2 day seven

So. July 21st, our last day in Ireland :( Well, technically, our plane back home was the next day but we had to be at the airport at 3.30 so that did not count.

Breakfast at Riversdale House B&B was nice. I am not keen on Irish/Scottish (what is the differenece?) breakfast, so I only asked for scrambled eggs. Not a favourite. As we had managed to visit Glendalough monastic site the previous day even though originally it was planned for 21st we decided to head straight to Dublin, hand over the rental and wander around the City.

Glenmacnass waterfall
Irish traffic jam
Sally Gap
First we tried to find a Glenmacnass waterfall (not the big one as we soon found out though it was named the same)  I that was located on my paper map. We did find the correct spot and actually managed to see the narrow stream coming down from a mountainside but unfortunately we were not able to get any close beause it was behind private properties. Oh well, nothing to do.

View from Glenmacnass waterfall overlooking the valley
As I wanted to get the most out of the Wicklow Mountains, I chose R115 to drive to Dublin. And being on that road we stumbled across much bigger waterfall. The view to the glen was again breathtaking. We just sat there for a while and enjoyed the beautiful weather. We actually made several stops on our way back. Just after the waterfall we got to see an Irish traffic jam, some sheep wandering on the road. I had expected to see that from our first day but had to wait until the last one. The drive on R115 was beautiful, simply beautiful. And all too soon it came to an end.
Before we understood it, we had reached the Dublin circle and made our way torwards the airport. Returned our car, found the suffle coach that drove us to our last hotel and settled in. Then we took the hotel`s coach back to the airport, changes buses and were on one that led us to Dublin city centre.
Dublin was just as lovely as I remembered. We did nothing special, just walked around, had lunch  and bought some souvenires from Carrols, walked some more and too soon our time was up. So we found the bus back to our hotel.

Next morning came way too soon. First I couldn`t fall asleep and then I was woken by snoring (that I had not heard during previous days. Weird.) Had to be at the airport at 3.30. Changed flights in Frankfurt. Got to sit next to a cute guy. He slept most of the way. Oh, I was sooo sleepy when we reached Frankfurt. Flying always makes me so sleepy and we had about three hours to kill with nothing to do. It would have been four hours but our plane was late. We had someone with a wheelchair that needed special tending after. Luckily for us that left less time at the airport.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Éire vol2 day six

Bunratty Villa B;B with our rental car
20th July. Bunratty Villa B&B was a really nice place to stay, they made us feel really welcome. Breakfast was delicious. We were able to choose from buffet and then order our main dish. I chose pancakes. Yum. First time I have eaten them with maple syrup. They always do that in movies, overflow a stack of pancakes with a lot of syrup so I got to try that out. Served with fresh berries.
Trinitarian Monastery

Our next stop was Adare, a cute village some 15 km from Limerick. Called one of the prettiest villags in Ireland. Thatched roofs like in Renvyle, but houses were colourful. We visited the Heritage centre, saw the local school and wondered around the streets. There is a beautiful park and castle but not open for looking around. Most of the colourful houses are either shops or cafes. Luckily we were not that early so most were already open and we got to peek inside.

High Cross
The Rock of Cashel
Slowly heading back towards Eastern coast we stopped in Cashel to see the Rock of Cashel (Carraig Phádraig). At the time it was being partly renovated so it had these big sheets covering some of the view. But what was visible was stunning. Rock of Cashel is also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock. Visitors were offered to listen to local guides introducing the Rock and its history. Very nice experience.

Another Rock that was on our way was The Rock of Dunmase. Oh, the road leading to the ruins was again so great, so narrow I had to hold my breath to keep the car thinner. Luckily there are pockets just for letting cars pass. This is one thing I did the entire time being in Ireland. When ever I drove one of the narrow roads (and except Aran day we had them constantly) that could not possibily let an approaching car pass I always took notice of the pockets to see how far I would have to reverse. Being on the wrong side of the road. But fortunately the traffic on our visit (in these particular places) was very mild. So, Dunmase is a former defensive castle now ruins made possible to visit free of charge and enjoy the surroundings. The view from the ruins is amazing. You can see so far and the nature is stunning.
Wicklow mountains
So finally it was time to head towards Glendalough (Gleann Dá Loch) and Wicklow National Park where lay our one but last b&b. Wicklow mountains made their appearance as we got closer. Driving in the mountains is heavenly. I could just gaze at the view but I also have to take notice of the road and oncoming traffic. We stopped in a viewing point and looked down at the valley wandering that there were houses below. As it turned out Riversdale House B&B, where we were spending the night was located just there. After having climbed up the road to Cliffs of Moher with out 1.4 car that nearly died on the way, my friend was ready to leave our car on the higher road in case we did not make it up again. Though that scare turned out to be in vain.
Riversdale House B&B
We got settled in and made our way to Glendalough monastic settlement. Riversdale was once again so beautiful with a marvellous location and a walking distance from the monastic site. There were one of the steepest mountainsides I have seen, all covered with trees. Impossible as it seemed. It was as if trees were growing on a wall. 
The round tower and St Kevin`s Church
Glendalough was founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. The site is well preserved consisting of a graveyeard, High Cross, The Round Tower, St Kevin`s Church, The Gateway, The Cathedral
The Cathedral
The High Cross
St Kevin`s Cross and my fingers :)
and so forth. You are also able to walk by the two lakes (Upper and Lowe lake), hike on the trails and in the mountains. Again one place so worth visiting again if ever back in Ireland. Oh, this time I was able to get my hands around St Kevin`s cross, one thing I did not manage during my previous visit.
On our way back I saw an enormous snail.

Green woods between The Lower and The Upper lakes

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Éire vol2 day five. BD :)

July 19th, my 30th birthday.
As a tiny tradition on my birthday while travelling (which has happened quite a lot of times to come to think of that), I get up early and take a walk. Although I had already taken the Moher trail I went there again. The previous night had been sunny and I wanted good pictures in case it was raining on my birthday morning. So again I took the now known track and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Doolin Hostel

Breakfast was the same as the previous morning.

Doolin stalactite
As we did not have any timely visits my friend suggested we visited the Doolin Cave (Pol an Ionain) which we did not have time for earlier. Tom lead us back to the cave but it was still too early to be open. So we ended up being back on the coast to admire the limestone and the Ocean.  But soon enough the visitor centre was opened and our guide led us down the caves speaking about discovering the cave and its history. We got to see the 7m stalactite which was quite impressive.

Cliffs of Moher

The Hag`s Head

Cliffs of Moher
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Our day continued with cliffs of Moher, this time starting from the visitor centre. We agreed to spend three hours by the cliffs and meet up when the time was up. So I explored the trail leading right (got to the point where I had reached starting from Doolin), sat on an edge and let the time pass. Only to discover I should have enough time to reach the other end (Hag`s head not Liscannor). So I made my way towards that direction. I cannot express how gorgeous the view is. Once again the weather was splendid. Just walked and took in the presence. I did nearly reach the Hag`s Head. I got nearly to the end but saw our appointed time was approaching so I made it back.

Slowly making our way to Bunratty we had lunch in Liscannor. Liscannor is a lovely small village.

 Then came Ennis. We had plenty of time since we did not want to reach Bunratty too early. So what are girls to do? Go shopping of course :D Well, Ennis was the only town we were in when shops were still open. We had been in Galway but it had been too late and besides, we had not though about that. But when the opportunity presented itself, why not? Got some candy for my people back home. And found a discount store to stack up on baking supplies. Finding that shop was marvellous.
Bunratty castle
Our day ended in Bunratty, we were sleeping in Bunratty Villa B&B. Oh, what a gem! The hostess was so nice. Not to mention the B&B was absolutely adorable, so pretty, clean and comfortable. Birthday deserved a dinner out. Bunratty itself is quite a small town. We had dinner in a pub next to Bunratty Castle. Yum. And ended the day with reading in a comfy chair.

Éire vol2 day four

July 18th. Day of the Aran Islands. Well, we visited Inis Mór (Inishmore) not all of them but still.
Breakfast was a bit lacking even though I normally do not eat that much for breakfast in the first place. As it was a tad rainy, we drove to the port. My friend had already booked and paid for the Doolin2Aran ferry ride to Inis Mór so we only had to get on board. On our way to Inis Mór we got to see cliffs of Moher, but we also stopped in Inis Meáin (Inisheer) and Inis Oírr (Inishmaan). Which led my friend to worry that we had taken a wrong ship. But we arrived to Inis Mór safe and sound. She had also booked us a tour of the island so we had to find our guide for the day and our tour of the island could begin.
Inis Mór

Inis Mór is the biggest of the three Aran Islands. When visiting Ireland and have a day to spare, then definitely worth visiting. We took a guided tour but it was also possible to rent a bike or walk. Though walking would not give so much time to see around.

As we were first on the small bus, we got the first row seats which was nice. Our guide (whose name unfortunately I cannot remember) was wonderful. He was very informed, knew how to communicate with people, was funny and helpful. We were taken across the stony island. When Burren (and the west coast) was stony, Inis Mór was even more so. Limestone is a part of the landscape. Low stone walls and limestone everywhere.

Dun Aengus
First, we were taken to Dun Aengus, a semicircular stone fort that rests on a cliff`s edge. The cliffs were just as impressive as the Moher. The coach couldn`t take us to the top so we were able to walk. If only I would have had more time to enjoy the surroudings. The weather was also so good.

 Back in the little village (?) next to the visitor centre we ate lunch and were on our way back to meet the coach that was waiting next to Kilmurvy Beach.
Na Seacht dTempaill

Then we were taken to Na Seacht dTempaill (seven churches) near the village Eoghnacht. There are actually two churches still standing despite the name.  In the Middle Ages Na Seacht Teampaill was probably the most important pilgrimage destination on Inis Mor.

 Driving back we took a tiny break somewhere by the coast but I cannot remember the name where.
Then there were the seals. And that concluded our tour of the island. Would have liked to have more time. Most of the people from our tiny group were taking another boat so they had an hour to spend in Kilronan but our boat was to set off so we did not.

Moher walking trail
Cliffs of Moher
Back in Doolin I had some time to take a short walk on the Moher coastal trail. As the kitchen was closed at nine and I wanted to have dinner I had two hours. Got a lovely view of Doolin reaching the beginning of the trail. The sun was still shining so the walk was simply breathtaking. I move fast otherwise I never would have made it that far. I saw some people on the way.  One of the things I miss about Ireland is saying "Hello" to strangers. Anyway, the trail by Moher was well marked. The beginning had cliffs but they grew more and more higher as the road went on. Every turn revealed something amazing. Finally I reached my destination and just sat there on the edge watching the cliffs with my mouth open I suppose.If only I would have had more time.