Tuesday 2 August 2016

Great to see Robin and Anna and visit their new mastering studio

Great to see Robin and Anna and visit their new mastering studio

ANOTHER relaxed breakfast with Maiju and Juuso then we plan our day.

First stop is to visit our pal Robin’s new mastering studio – Voitto Audio Mastering – at Janakkala…about an hour’s drive from Helsinki. We have coffee on the porch then Robin and Anna show us the studio…a little work to be done , but very cool 🙂

We take a different way back to Helsinki stopping first at a custom paint shop to pick up some wheels which have been specially painted for Juuso’s hotrod, then on to the garage to see the car. It’s stunning 🙂

After stopping for an ice-cream we head back to Helsinki and, after dropping the car off, Maiju and Juuso take us to a lovely restaurant close by their apartment for a fantastic meal.

Back at the apartment we enjoy a few more drinks, cut and pack our bags ready for a 4am departure….we’ve had a great few days with our friends 🙂

Juuso's hotrod is spectacular...not much headroom for tall folks tho' ;-)

Juuso’s hotrod is spectacular…not much headroom for tall folks tho’ 😉 – photo by Maiju and Juuso.

Maiju and Juuso take us out for a lovely meal on our last night in Helsinki

Maiju and Juuso take us out for a lovely meal on our last night in Helsinki

Monday 1 August 2016

Maiju, Juuso and Margaret by the Black River

Maiju, Juuso and Margaret by the Black River

AFTER A great night’s sleep and a long lie at Maiju and Juuso’s we have a nice relaxed breakfast and plan our day.

My August eNewsletter went out as scheduled, so I only have a little bit of work to do before we go out for a drive…our plan is to to visit the Black River and maybe catch up with our friends Jukka and Katja – Jukka, of course, is Black River Bluesman 🙂

I fall asleep in the car and wake up in time for a walk and a beer. Jukka and Katja join us for  drink then suggest we go to their house for something to eat. It’s only a few minutes away.

We enjoy a glass of wine outside then have an amazing meal – salmon, local mushrooms, salad, home-grown potatoes, desert. As we’re leaving Jukka shows me a lovely Gibson guitar which I try out…Margaret decides to do a Facebook Live Stream, Juuso joins in on some kind of weird stringed instrument and Juuka blows the horn of death metal and some trumpet….we have great fun – and a great laugh doing it!

Next stop is Maiju and Juuso’s summer cottage to visit her daughter Ada and husband Kristian. It’s lovely to see them. We hang out for a while then Juuso drives us back to Helsinki.

It’s nearly 11pm and we’re all starting to get a little hungry so Juuso and I go to grab some pizza and we eat, drink and chat….and other late one 🙂

Amazing meal with Jukka and Katja at their home

Amazing meal with Jukka and Katja at their home..Maiju’s not in the pic – she’s behind the camera!