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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Daily Life, The castle, Sirkka Jalava

I did a try to draw the one and only castle Kastelholm in our landscape on the island. It is perhaps 4 -5 kilometer from my place if you take the bird way. This castle is built in 1100-1200 centuries, first time it is documented in 1300 century.  it was nearly in ruins long time, but in later decades it has been renovated so to day there are warm halls with exhibitions and there you can have meetings or feasts of different kind.
There you can feel the wings of history. The swedish kings have lived  short periods hunting and enjoying the nature in the castle. It was possible untill the end of 1700, when Finland and Sweden were one state. Then came Russia in the beginning of 1800 and conquered Finland, took Finland away from Sweden for a hundred years. During the first world war  Finland became the independence from other countries. That we celebrate on the 6. decmber every year.
That was the history shortly. 
Why I show you this? Because it came on the talk in other contest during our sketching. And this is a part of our daily life, I used before often drive to this castle and look around.

Now I have been more lazy, but there it is. There is a golf arena near the castle, very popular I understand.There is too a harbour for sailboats and other turist boats.  There is a good restaurant in area.
But now, I am afraid to make you bored. This was the last daily life posting fom me.

12 comments:

  1. Lovely sketch Sirkka, and it looks quite a stronghold. I have just finished reading Jonas Jonasson's second book 'The Girl who saved the King of Sweden', having enjoyed 'The hundred year-old man who climbed out of a window and disappeared' so much. Both of them are great fun. I don't think I have ever seen a Finnish book in English to try - are there any?

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    1. Jez, thanks for your comment. Yes, I think there are Finnish books translated to English, but I can´t say directly some. I can think on it perhaps I can find something. I am delighted you enjoyed the book you read. I do not know this book neithe author, but it was fun that it handled of a swedish king. Have a nice time, Jez!

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    2. Jez, what kind of books do you like? Fun, detective, war, social. nature. I have looked after in internet and found lots of translation books. I like the authors Veikko Huovinen ( fun, nature in a calm way), Arto Paasilinna ( mostly fun, but in a calm way), best of all I like Väinö Linna with the books Unknown Soldier and Under the North Star. But as I said, there are many, many books translated in Englsh. You can search in internet.

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  2. Thank you Sirkka, for this beautiful painting and fascinating history! I am sure that the spirit of all this history still lingers around the place. I can feel it in your painting.

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    1. by the way since you and Jez are talking about Finnish culture :) I just recently saw a couple of films by Aki Kaurismäki (hope I spelled that right), kind of strange and dark (not that I mind, really), but there is some beautiful, haunting singing in them. The Finnish language sounds so beautiful!

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    2. Thank you, Margaret. The history lingers around there, that is true, the feeling of it is there when you go around.
      Yes, the question was with Jez about the Finnish literature, Oh, you have seen A.K:s films, they are of his style, not much talk. I have seen a couple too.I am glad if you like the sounds of the language,.By the way, here on the island our language is Swedish! (historic!), so I hear Finnish only on TV and radio. It is all a little complicated for others to understand.

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  3. What a great picture! And thanks for all this history, that was more than interesting and not even a little bit boring!!
    Ciao Beo

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    1. That was glad news for me that you not did get bored.! Thanks for reading the history!

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  4. Lovely painting and I love that you gave us the history too.

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