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14/11/2018

Reposted: On lichens, poems, and bears





Mosses and lichens are fascinating organisms. They embellish the rocks and the bark of trees in forests and woodlands. I have tried to take photos especially of cup lichens (below, it may be Cladonia fimbriata, but I'm not certain), because they always make me remember a lovely poem by the Finnish poet Helvi Juvonen. This is a repost from November 2014... from those remote times when I didn't have many readers yet. :)




Pikarijäkälä

Jäkälä nosti pikarinsa hauraan
ja sade täytti sen, ja pisarassa
kimalsi taivas tuulta pidättäen.

Jäkälä nosti pikarinsa hauraan:
Nyt malja elämämme rikkaudelle.


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Cup lichen

The lichen raised its fragile cup,
and rain filled it, and in the drop
the sky glittered, holding back the wind.

The lichen raised its fragile cup:
Now let’s toast the richness of our lives.


Photo: WSOY


Helvi Juvonen (1919–59) was a Finnish poet and translator. She published five collections of poetry in the 1950s, and a sixth one was published posthumously. Suffering from malnutrition and other health problems, she died young, but during her short literary career she wrote compelling poetry characterised by simplicity, humour, intensity, and inner peace. She studied small, apparently humble things, rocks, plants, and animals, and found the strength and value of them.  She also translated into Finnish poems written by Emily Dickinson, with whom she shared the interest in nature and spiritual concerns.

The translation above is by Emily Jeremiah (born 1975). She is a Lecturer in German at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her very interesting article on the poetry of Helvi Juvonen can be read at http://www.booksfromfinland.fi/2010/05/dreaming-a-dream-the-poetry-of-helvi-juvonen/.

Juvonen also wrote short fairy-tales. Pikkukarhun talviunet (“The little bear’s winter dreams”) was published in 1974, edited by a friend of hers.  To all of us that love bears, I highly recommend the following related material by the literary journal "Books from Finland":







A valid field guide to the lichens and mosses of Finland/Kasvitieteen professori Jouko Rikkisen pätevä lajintuntemusopas Jäkälät ja sammalet Suomen luonnossa. Otava 2010 (2008).




Julkaisin uudelleen tämän postauksen marraskuulta 2014, koska rakastan sammalia, karhuja ja marraskuisen luonnon rauhallista tunnelmaa.

Tärkeäksi lopuksi: Tiedättehän että Jouluradiossa  (https://www.jouluradio.fi/) soi jo monta kanavaa. Sivuston ulkoasu on uusittu ja esimerkiksi toivomuksia voi kirjoittaa "Kuumalle linjalle" tai sivun alaosan palautelaatikkoon. Lisätietoa: https://www.jouluradio.fi/artikkelit/tervetuloa-jouluradion-uusille-nettisivuille-tieda-ainakin-nama-toiminnot. Radiota voi kuunnella myös FM-taajuuksilla ja kaapelitaajuuksilla.

Minä otan joululaulut vakavasti. Siksi odotan Klassista Joulua (kanava ei ole vielä auki) ja odotellessa kuuntelen erityisesti Julradion-kanavaa. ;D







06/11/2018

Porkkanamuffineja - Carrot muffins


Blogiystävä Railan kanssa on tänä syksynä puhuttu kuivakakuista ja muffineista. (Kaikkien jouluihmisten kannattaa muuten tutustua Railan kauniiseen ja tunnelmalliseen Joulukuusen juurella -blogiin!) Railan leipomissa porkkanamuffineissa on mausteina kanelia, kardemummaa ja neilikkaa. Seuraavaksi minäkin kokeilen joitain jouluisia mausteita.

Sunnuntaina leivottuihin muffineihin käytin K-Ruoan reseptiä. Mantelirouheen korvasin hasselpähkinärouheella, koska sitä sattui kotona olemaan. Muffineita tuli 18 eikä 12... ehkä mittaan ainekset aika suurpiirteisesti. :)


carrot muffin porkkanamuffinssi


This year our carrot harvest was bigger than ever. :) Now we need to invent many new ways to use those carrots. Four of them went into these muffins, together with cinnamon and chopped hazelnuts. Cream cheese topping with a splash of lemon juice and sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts. I don't have a muffin tin but they came out rather well.


baking muffins

warm carrot muffins from the oven

carrot muffin with cream cheese topping

cream cheese frosting and chopped hazelnuts

afternoon tea with muffins