Category Archives: Turku

St Olav Waterway – it’s official!

The St Olav Waterway was officially opened yesterday! And, as the milestone waymarker reminds us, its only 1200km from Turku Cathedral to the shrine of St Olav at Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim. In the Middle Ages this was Northern Europe’s most … Continue reading

Posted in fellow pilgrims, food for thought, history, my sixieth year, peregrina, rural, st olav waterway (Finland), travel, Turku


I loved the sunrises on the Camino … particularly in the wide open Mesetas! But I admit that I’d forgotten how wonderful our winter sunrises here in Finland can be! Just look at this sky!

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On the Otherside of the Dark Side …

That’s one way of approaching November. It’s always dark, but this year darker than ever as it’s drizzled or rained non stop since I got back and it’s been terribly grey. Today, however, the sun tried to break through and … Continue reading

Posted in this & that, Turku, urban

Learning to see colour in the dark

November is dark in Finland. I knew this, I hadn’t forgotten it, but I had forgotten how grey that can make everything. It’s as if the darkness bleaches out all the colour. That’s what depression does too, even if it’s … Continue reading

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Peregrina Preparatio 7: Pargas- Åbo (Parainen-Turku)k

Distance 24km Time 6 h 15 mins Weather: Sunny, cooler in Parainen, and hot in Turku Clothing: long trousers (cotton), T shirt, hiking boots Companion: Tinka, my faithful companion Problems: one small “blister” like rubbing formed on the side of … Continue reading

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Kingdom living

Owls are generally solitary animals – but when they do come together they are known as a parliament of owls because of their shared wisdom. That’s an important collective benefit for us humans too. Owls are – in some respects … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 the owl, at home, this & that, Turku

2014/3: deceptive

Things aren’t always what they seem.   This building looks quite quiet. Inside it’s a hive of activity – swimmers, joggers and keep-fit fanatics all busy working out. A reminder perhaps to look beyond the surface – there may be … Continue reading

Posted in Turku, urban

2014/2: waiting

I love the turquoise colour of these chairs in the waiting area at the local swimming centre. My trusty swim bag sitting patiently on the seat bears a badge of distinction – the mark of 2011 when Turku was the … Continue reading

Posted in signs, Turku

118/2013 Picket fences

Is there a wall or fence you have allowed to be erected? It it time to dismantle by choosing to forgive ?

Posted in Turku

238.unusually urban

We have a small park near us. The council cut the grass. This year they did it far less often and so piled up the grass like hay. It’s an unusual sight in the city.

Posted in Turku, urban