Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fiskars Briefly in Autumn

The weather has been beautiful lately and the trees in Helsinki are at their best, so I thought we'd take advantage of the Slow Food Festival taking place in the village of Fiskars, an hour or so away, and check out the autumn foliage in the countryside. 

Unfortunately, the birches were past their best, but it was still a nice drive. I did get flashed by a speed camera, but the speed limits out Fiskars way are crazy, shifting randomly between 60, 80 and 100kph. Not looking forward to that piece of post. Update: I was only 4 km over the limit so they gave me a break this time.

We came to Fiskars a couple of years ago to attend a gathering for the Highland Games. It's a craft village, home of the Fiskars ironmonger company, the famous knife makers. Supposedly there are lots of little craft and gift shops and places to watch blacksmiths and glass blowers, but both times we have never managed to see any of that. 

This weekend there was the Slow Food Festival which I would have liked to spend some time looking in on, but there was so much for the kids to do, that we never really got to look at the food exhibits, except for a quick recce when we were looking for a sit down place to eat. We parked at one end of the village where they had a nicely laid out carpark in a field and our first stop was the pony riding for the girls. 

Then we popped into the Assembly Hall where they had crafts for children and a tasting test. 

Suolainen, karvas, makea tai hapan - salty, bitter, sweet or sour? 

We then had to hunt about for a suitable place to eat and we ended up at the Laundry Cafe. They were lovely, modifying their menu a bit for the kids and setting aside some delish pullaa for us so they wouldn't sell out before the kids finished their proper lunches. 

Beside the Laundry was an old steam engine which the kids loved. 

We fed the ducks, wandered through a small outdoor market and played in a fab playpark. The village is gorgeous this time of year and I'd be happy to go back anytime, maybe with another adult or two so we could divide and conqure its craft side.
Yes, that little pink trousered figure at the top is Pudding who has no fear climbing, but also no ability to climb down. I'm the figure in gray at the back trying to scramble up after her. I'm not wild about heights. Crazy child. The Chief, of course, just stood there and took pictures. 

Have a colourful autumn.  

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