Champagne and shopping day in London

Our baby has been sleeping really badly lately. It takes over 1,5h to get her to sleep, I sit next to her bed for an hour holding  her hand to get her to sleep and still she just wakes up in the middle of the night screaming and crying for hour or two without settling. Almost two years without sleep. Rough. Unexplainable. Anyway, must be some crazy developmental thing (like I always explain to myself). Due to this I needed a mummy day, a day just for myself, without baby, without responsibilities, without duties, without anything than me, myself. Not hard to guess what it included: shopping and champagne.

I went to our old neighbourhood in Marylebone. We used to live at St. Christopher’s place. The best spot in London I would say.

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I loved that time. Right in the centre, always able to walk home from almost any party, going to see shows in West End…Dream come true!

I tried not to shop too much, I have already so many clothes to import to Australia, but I bought a cute short suit. Perfect for Australian summer, chic but not too hot in a warm (read hot) weather. Will be nice when I finally get some tan on my turkey look a like legs!

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As I took a day off from being a mother and went to the centre I could not prevent of going to Selfridges. It was so lovely. In fact I was planning to go to HIX in Selfridges to have a glass of champagne and read a book but the queue was so ridiculously long that I gave up. I wandered on the second floor where all the big brands have their spaces. I just love to see all the amazing pieces of clothes. After a while I ended up in the third floor which is women’s clothing and lingerie. How beautiful is everything there! Was so hard not to hand in my credit card and get crazy.

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My Saturday night has mainly consisted of sipping champagne, Pol Roger which is my absolute favourite! I never get bored with it!

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It has this delicate and soft taste.

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My memory wanders to the days back in 2009 when I used to sip Pol Roger every Tuesday in Grotesk in Helsinki with my dear husband. Oh it feels like eternity after almost 730 sleepless nights. ( I probably should not count.)

Two weeks until the removalist company comes to pack our stuff and three weeks until we fly to the other side of the world. I have mixed feelings. I could not be happier to move to Australia, I absolutely love the country but I am so afraid how our daughter adjusts the situation of being without own home for 2,5 months. She is such a bad sleeper. I hope our amazing family time will be enjoyable, happy and full of joy! Cheers.

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Snake prints and shades of grey – Käärmeprinttejä ja harmaan sävyjä

Within the past month I have fallen in love with the grey snake printed clothes that I recently bought. I often laugh at myself. When I find something super nice I wear it all the time until I get bored of looking the same every day, same applies to jewellery. I carried so many clothes with me to Finland but when I found the perfect ”snake shirt” I pretty much wore it as much as I could.

I have two different snake printed shirts, both of them I actually bought in Finland. The one is more like a top without sleeves, perfect under the jacket or for warm Autumn days, the other is a see through long sleeve shirt, super comfortable and relaxed. I like to combine those shirts either with other shades of grey, peachy pink or white.

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In Finland I wore the see through shirt with white pants. I quite like the combination, in general I think grey and white go so well together. I am not normally very fond of grey but with white, peachy light pink or different shades of grey it looks more like me.

Back in London I wore the snake printed top with a grey jacket and black jeans skirt.

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I also found perfect autumn shoes during my trip to Finland.

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I love the golden studs, kind of a sophisticated cowgirl look! Works with jeans or with skirts!

I also got my nails done with greyish navy blue colour as it seems to be the perfect dark shade for this Autumn, it goes well with anything really. I have previously advertised Loreta Jag in Knightbridge that is an amazing beauty salon. The problem with Loreta Jag for me is that it is totally on the other side of the town and so far to go to in the weekday evenings so recently I have been going to the place nearby Swiss Care. I have two favourite ladies doing my nails there, they do great job and quite quickly too. Loreta Jag is more of a luxury visit as they do one hour full manicure included in the package whereas at Swiss Care I only go for Shellac and some quick manicure. I always go for Shellac (CND) instead of Gelish. I know it is quite personal what suits for you better. I have felt that Shellac stays better on my nails and seems not to cause too much damage on the surface of the nail.

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I cannot wait for the weekend. My husband and I have a date, a proper date. Our nanny will come to look after our daughter whilst we can actually have some couple’s time. As London Restaurant Festival is on I booked for us one of the festival menus in L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is has one Michelin star, it is a multi award winning place and one of the London West End hot spot. Before leaving London I wanted to check out this French restaurant. As the restaurant festival is on you get great deals so I booked us a three course late lunch with matching wines. I cannot wait for eating there. The place has gotten fantastic reviews all over the place. I will post everything about it as soon as I can. Hopefully they allow to take photos of the dishes, some places in London won’t.

Talk to you soon! Have a great Wednesday afternoon!

Busy Times -Kiireistä Aikaa

I came back to London on Tuesday. I had a wonderful holiday back home and it was even nicer when my dad was travelling back to London with me. Tomorrow is my husband’s birthday and we will go to have a pub lunch in Gordon Ramsay’s pub called York and Albany so watch this space, next restaurant review and photos will be from there!

I have been terribly busy these last couple of days. We have had all the removal companies visiting us and assessing our stuff to estimate the container size. All of them are quoting 20 foot container as we have lots of stuff. It is good as it means we get a sole use container and after packing it will be delivered straight to the port in South Hampton. If anyone of you is ever planning to move overseas by shipping your goods, here is the list of companies that we have requested quotes from: Anglo-Pacific, Pickfords, John Mason, White and Co, Moving Company and Fox. Out of all of these my absolute favourite has been Anglo Pacific. They are specialising in Australia and New Zealand, they have a long experience of shipping to those countries and as Australian customs are super strict you want to go for a company that knows them back and forth. I got so many great tips from the guy who visited us, the things that I thought would be fine were listed as risk items such as woven baskets, bamboo decorative items and pine cones in Christmas decorations. Fortunately we don’t have those. Not all the containers will be inspected but if you happen to be the unlucky one it is not worth taking a risk as it costs a fortune if they need to fumigate the goods. Shoes and pram wheels need to be cleaned perfectly too. The guy gave me a good tip of the disinfectant liquid to use to remove the soil from those: Jeyes Fluid. This is the reason why we decided to give up our garden table set and BBQ, we just cannot bother cleaning those and still after cleaning they are kind of risky items. I am so excited though!!! I guess I was first very sad of leaving my job and knowing that I need to say so many goodbyes in Europe but now I am finally getting so excited and cannot wait to get onto the plane and head towards our next adventure. We will take at least 2 months off and just relax on the beach until our container arrives to the port of Melbourne. If we did not have a baby I would love to take the ship all the way to Australia just to experience that but with the baby the sooner we get there the better. We are booking our flights today. We are planning to have 2-3 day stop over in Singapore on the way to ease the jet lag and also to get two night flights in a row. This way hopefully the baby will sleep both of those flights! After the flights have been booked the next step is that I have to start washing our clothes so that they are clean and ready to go to the boxes. I got my permanent resident visa granted so I can bring an extra migrant luggage with me which is great! I certainly need it.

The other thing that has kept me busy for the past few days is my new knitting work. I saw a perfect Norwegian knit in my favourite blog Kalastajan Vaimo (Fisherman’s Wife) and I decided to make one. The pattern is gorgeous and I cannot wait for it to be ready.  It will be perfect for these couple of winter months in London and so great in cold Melbourne houses next summer (Aussie winter). It won’t take more than maybe a week or two to finish this. Here is a sneak peak if you want to see what it looks like. I will post the instructions here in my blog later as I know that some of you cannot read the original instructions from Kalastajan Vaimo blog as it is all in Finnish. The knit is super simple and I would classify it as medium or even easy level. I will probably knit pink and grey one for my daugther too.

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In Finland I made a reindeer-trumpet chantarelle pie (Yellowfoot). I will post the recipe as my next post. It was tasty and I was particularly happy with the dough.  I was also a proud Finnish mother when my daughter tasted reindeer for the first time! I know some of you think it is horrible to eat Rudolphs but to all of you who have not tasted the reindeer meat I can tell you it is super good and amazingly tasty game meat. I personally love it as I also love moose roast.

Anyways, I will run to continue my Norwegian knit now as my daughter is having her long lunch time nap. I hope you have a lovely Friday evening today!

Sunday in Highgate Village -Sunnuntai Highgaten kylässä

As my dad was in town we wanted to take him to one of our favourite pubs The Red Lion and the Sun that I mentioned in my blog post a few weeks ago. This pub is located in Highgate. As the weather was wonderful we thought we would have a lovely walk there. First we crossed our beautiful local park and then showed my dad the high street in Highgate Village.

Koska isäni oli Lontoossa viikonloppuna ajattelimme viedä hänet lempipubiimme The Red Lion and the Sun, josta olenkin jo aiemmin kirjoitellyt blogispostauksessani. Tämä pubi sijaitsee Highgatessa Lontoossa. Ensin kävelimme halki kauniin läheisen puistomme ja sitten suuntasimme kohti Highgatea.

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The Highgate Pantry.

I have probably said this multiple times before but I love these small pockets of London that are like villages with all the independent shops, bakeries, butchers, fishmongers, green grocers and cute boutiques. The Highgate Pantry bakery had a mouthwatering window!

Olenkin jo aiemmin sanonut useaan kertaan, että rakastan Lontoon pieniä itsenäisiä kylämäisiä yhteisöjä. Etenkin pohjois Lontoo on täynnä näitä pieniä kaupunginosia kuten Highgate, Hampsted, Highbury, Stoke Newington, Primrose Hill, Winchmore Hill, Muswell Hill, Crouch End. Ne kaikki seuraavat samaa kaavaa. Kylämäisen osan läpi vie high street, joka on täynnä mitä ihanaisimpia kahviloita ja puoteja lihakauppa, kalakauppa ja vihanneskauppa mukaan lukien. The Highgate Pantry leipomolla oli upea ikkuna.

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Some amazing looking lolly cupcakes in The Highgate Pantry.

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I usually try not to support the chains, but Le Pain de Quotidien has quality food and all organic too!

Yritän useimmiten välttää ketjuja, mutta Le Pain de Quotidien on loistava. Ruoan laatu on hyvää ja kaikki luomua.

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A lovely fruiterers in Highgate. — Ihana hedelmäkauppa Highgatessa.

The place called Limone in Highgate has a great selection of dairy and gluten free cakes. So all of you who are looking for finding some special diet coffee places in North London, this is one for you! Yesterday Limone had a tasty selection of special diet treats and one particularly interesting cake -lemon rosemary cake that was dairy free! Inspired by this, I will definitely bake some lemon drizzle cake next week when our cooker will be finally fixed. British Gas promised it to be ready next Monday -finally! Fingers crossed.

Jos etsit erityisruokavalioon sopivaa kahvipaikkaa Pohjois-Lontoossa Limone Highgatessa on mahtava. Se tarjoaa kotitekoisia maidottomia ja gluteiinittomia kakkuja. Yksi mielenkiintoisemmista oli sitruuna-rosmariini kuivakakku. Kuulosti tosi herkulliselta! Sen innoittamana aion ehdottomasti leipoa sitruunakakkua ensi viikolla, kun uunimme vihdoin pitäisi olla kunnossa. British Gas lupasi tänään, että maanantaina 14.10 uuni on korjattu. Toivottavasti, sillä rakkaan aussimieheni syntymäivät lähenevät kovaa vauhtia ja haluan kokata ihanaista illallista syntymäpäiväiltana!

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Waterlow Park in Highgate is super beautiful! I recommend a walk in there! I had a lovely Sunday, hopefully you had a relaxing weekend too!

Waterlow puisto Highgatessa on todella kaunis. Suosittelen kävelyä siellä! MInulla oli upea sunnuntaipäivä. Oli niin ihanaa nähdä isää! Toivottavasti teilläkin oli rentouttava viikonloppu!

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Waterlow Park.