Food, farming and country side
Although I grew up in the country side and we had a few cows for milking, a working horse, couple of pigs and calves, I am afraid I no longer know in detail about Finnish farming.
However I know that we grow potatoes (potato seeds as well) and sheep, pigs and cattle are grown for meat purposes. Fishing is also a livelihood for many. Corn, grain and different vegetable crops are harvested in Finland also and tomatoes and cucumber for instance are grown in a glass house. In addition there are many garden centers that grow different types of perennial flowers and decorative trees. Dairy business is very important in Finland also (milk, cheese…).
The animals are kept indoors during the winter, although there are a few open cow house premises, where cattle can move freely in and out. Beetroots, carrots and green salads are also grown in Finland.
I was thinking my food favorites and maybe my list would sound like this: rye bread, lentils, rice, fish, vegetables, kiwi-fruit, beetroot, cheese, cauliflower, onions, avocado, mushrooms, wild berries, leeks, barley, couscous, peaches, dried tomatoes…
I must emphasize, that my knowledge about Finnish farming is not the whole picture, but I hope it gives you some idea about the subject. Maybe someone would tell more.
Rachel: How am I doing in language wise? I have a feeling that I have developed during these weeks. Also as you havenīt pointed out my mistakes lately I take it that my writing has improved? I liked the photos of your family in England. Rachel you are living a wonderful time. It is so grand when oneīs child is growing and parenting is so very important.
Your pictures remind me of my daughter Katri being a baby and a young girl. She was born in London in January and I used to take her for walks in a pram all over London area; I was a home mother for three years. As we lived in Wimbledon (South London), the walks were often done around there. But many times we took a tube to central London also. If we traveled underground, Katri would lie in a push buggy.
You all have commented so kindly about my family, thank you very much. Today I want to share a photo of Katri taking part in a horse riding competition last summer. The photo has been taken by Kati Valjus. The other picture is from our hide way place and again it is taken by Katri. You can see my husband on a balcony.
I am sure you have realized that if you tap the pictures with your mouse (right hand key), you can enlarge the photo size.
As I am unable to write on Monday, I will post this blog on Sunday. On Tuesday I though that I will respond to your comments from Thursday, Friday and this one.
I hope your oncoming week is a nice one.
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