La Primavera – Spring Photos

La Primavera has arrived in this part of Finland at long last!

Field of Blue Crocus
Field of Blue Crocus

Delicate Branch of Birch Tree
Delicate Birch Branch

Bed of Yellow Crocus
Bed of Yellow Crocus

Birch, Building and Path
Birch, Building and Path

Happy in Blue – Crocus
Happy in Blue - Crocus


Another Shot of the Greenery

Another Shot of the Greenery

Do not think that it is toasting here – for it most certainly is not! Sleet came straight after I had taken these photos. There we are. I was so cold that my teeth were shattering and my fingers were numb, but any slight trouble is worth it for the art. Right?!

Tis for now from the Deep-Chilled Blonde Rii xx.

© Photos: By Riihele. All rights reserved.

Beauty of Friendship


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All the text and photos by Riihele xx

Chernobyl 21-years On

Candle in the dark

The accident that occurred at Chernobyl on 26th April 1986 was the most disastrous reactor malfunction in the history of nuclear power. More than 40,000 residents in the immediate area were exposed to fallout 100 times greater than that from the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan. Based on top-secret government documents that came to light only after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1999, THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL reveals a systematic cover-up of the true scope of the disaster, including the possibility of a secondary explosion of the still-smouldering magma, whose radioactive clouds would have rendered Europe uninhabitable.*

Today it is exactly twenty-one years since the nuclear accident in Chernobyl. I do remember it very clearly, indeed. Here is a map of the radioactive fallout of the Caesium-137 over the landmass of Europe. The time when most of the world were kept in the dark over the incident and the consequences of the same. The month of April in 1986 had been rather nice in Ireland, so that the children were outside much – actually, well after the time, when the nation should have been notified to keep them in. Neither were we given the practical advice as in the windows needing to be closed and so on. Here is what the BBC said about it in 1986 and even this day in 2006. The Soviets did not admit to the accident while the monitoring stations in Sweden, Finland and Norway began to report sudden high discharges of radioactivity in the atmosphere two days previously. Also, the Wikipedia has excellent and interesting material on it in here. The Swedish newspaper called Dagens Nyheter had this to say in Swedish in 2006. The Finnish one – my usual morning paper, Helsingin Sanomat said this about the disaster in 2006.

This link is a photographic exhibition online about a Finnish man, who recently went to the ghost town of Pripyat that is located right besides the Chernobyl nuclear plant. It is called: Pripyat – Population Zero, in English. Very interesting and moving at the same time as the place looks like not so-long-ago abandoned and yet it is already 20 years ago! The people leaving their homes were told that they would be gone for only three days… Lisa gave a tip of this site called Kiddofspeed about this very brave lady, Elena, riding her bike in these affected areas taking photos and writing most interesting articles about the same.

Alpha, Beta, Gamma.
It is time to learn a couple of simple things about radiation types. Ones that goes through us is called gamma radiation, it is cumulative, it adds up, so we can calculate what a damage it make for health. Gamma is almost identical X-rays. X-rays are human made, while gamma occurs in nature. It is also called a cosmic radiation. Everyone who (is) flying high on plane (will be) exposed to the 25 mR/hr of cosmic radiation. Gamma is the toughest type of radiation for immediate problems. It is sort of invisible bullets that can kill in hours, alpha and beta on the other hand are alike to delayed-action mine. With breathing of radioactive dust, they are) getting inside of a human body, lodges there and in a few years explode with the cancer cells. A beta particle has more mass and less energy then gamma, so it doesn’t penetrate matter as deeply. Alpha radiation generally can not travel 4-12cms (1-3 inches) before it stopped, so we can play billiard with balls of a pure plutonium. The dead cells on our skin will stop beta radiation, so even juggling with plutonium balls will be safe, just don’t swallow them by mistake. (Elena’s online site.) The words in brackets are mine to clarify further the point she is making, I do hope anyway.

Chernobyl compared to Hiroshima (Wikipedia)

“Far fewer people died as an immediate result of the Chernobyl event than died at Hiroshima, and the eventual total is also significantly less when including those predicted by the WHO to die in the future. However, the radioactivity released at Chernobyl tended to be more long lived than that released by a bomb detonation. Chernobyl released 890 times as much caesium-137 as the Hiroshima bomb, released 87 times as much strontium-90 as the Hiroshima bomb and when the iodine-131 release is compared between the events (decay corrected to three days after the event) then Chernobyl released 25 times as much as the Hiroshima bomb. When the xenon-133 release is compared between the events (decay corrected to three days after the event) then Chernobyl released 31 times as much as the Hiroshima bomb. Hence it is not possible to draw a simple comparison between the two events. Sources of environmental radioactivity.”

Chernobyl compared with the Three Mile Island accident (Wikipedia)

“Three Mile Island-2 was a completely different accident from Chernobyl. Chernobyl was a human-caused power excursion causing a steam explosion resulting in an graphite fire, uncontained, which lofted radioactive smoke high into the atmosphere – TMI was a slow, undetected leak that lowered the water level around the nuclear fuel, resulting in over a third of it melting. Unlike Chernobyl, TMI-2’s reactor vessel did not fail and contained almost all of the radioactive material. Containment at TMI did not fail – but it was not sealed off until after some water containing radioactive material had flowed through an overflow pipe and into the rest of the plant. Radioactive gases from that overflow leaked into the atmosphere, mostly noble gases.”

“Chernobyl Heart” is a medical condition caused by the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. The condition weakens the circulatory system, and has affected a large number of children in Ukraine and Belarus who have grown up near the place of the accident. Chernobyl Heart by Maryann DeLeo is a short documentary which offers a look at the children and families who are facing this dangerous disease.” (Wikipedia)

Closer to home so to say, Ireland is the country most affected by the UK’s nuclear industry. Sellafield is only 60 miles away from the Irish coast and has been pumping 2 million gallons of liquid radioactive waste into the Irish Sea every day, making the Irish Sea the most radioactive sea in the world. If an accident happens at the plant or with the shipment, or if there is a terrorist attack, depending on which way the wind blows, Dublin, Dundalk, Drogheda, Belfast, and vast parts of Ireland, would be uninhabitable. No wonder the Irish government is sending a navy patrol boat and a spotter plane to closely monitor the shipment. (Greenpeace online)

Tis for now Riihele xx.

*The Battle of Chernobyl
A Film by Thomas Johnson
Everything you want to know about Nuclear Power.

Irish objections to Sellafield
Norwegian objections on the same.

The Difference between Cats & Dogs

























Tis for now. Riihele xx.

Photos: By the family.

TIME 4: Frogs


There has been an influx of entries on Frogs of all critters that there exist under the sun and today I think that it is about time, that we have here in Me Newsy- Letters: A TIME 4 FROGS posting. Here is a snippet of an article on frogs by a person who seems to be really enthused about them critters:

Some frogs have tongues that are long and sticky that can be used to catch bugs. These roll out like an upside-down party horn and snap at the bug! (YUMMY!)

Frogs with long tongues go by the “see it, snap at it” technique of feeding. Toads, on the other hand, like my firebellied toads, have tiny tongues and have to snap at their food using their mouth. They often will stalk their food, much like a cat…creeping up to it and then just as dinner is about to take off, they will *SNAP* and eat their meal!

DID YOU KNOW: When a frog swallows a meal, his bulgy eyeballs will close and go down into his head! This is because the eyeballs apply pressure and actually push a frog’s meal down his throat! *GULP*” (All About Frogs online site)

All I want to know is this:

Will a frog turn into
a handsome live Prince Charming,
if it is kissed by Da Blonde,
for them frogs look like the ones,
I have kissed already in real life,
hoping that they’ll turn into Princes
but alas –
….. *

A bit of a trivia question for yeez:

A group of fish is called a School of Fish.
A group of geese is called a Gaggle of Geese.
A group of sea gulls is called a Flock of Sea gulls.
A bunch of cows and bulls is called a Herd of Cattle.

But what do you call a group of frogs?

Tis for now Riihele xx.

*Milli’s advice:
LOLLLL Riiii kiss an Aussie frog my dear they are true to label…..


FINN HUMOUR: Optician’s Chart

Optician's chart

The joke about the Finno-Ugric languages is this that:

“We do not only read the chart at the optician’s,
but we can (correctly) pronounce it as well!!”


Finnish language belongs to a family of languages, the Finno-Ugric Group of languages with Estonian, Hungarian and a few others; whereas Swedish, English, Russian et cetera belong to the Indo-European Languages, and it is, also, one of the few official languages in Europe that does not belong to the latter. Swedish and Finnish both have the ‘funny’ letters – ä, ö, å, Ä, Ö, Å – but we in Finnish do not sing with a lilt, like the Swedes do when we speak, but we do it solemnly!! Meaning: Finnish is not a so-called ’tonal language’.

Now, with my name, RIIHELE, [ree-hele] the accent is on the [-he] – which is my WordPress name, is a combination of my two first names, and this, Riihele, can be divided into two parts: rii ~ the two ‘i’ are pronounced like ‘me’ and hele ~ both the letter ‘e’ are pronounced like the first ‘e’ in Heather.

Still in the wagon or did you, by any chance, drop off at some point?
As you know rather well that I am very fond of quizzes so here comes to you the one on Finnish language quizz in the link – not for the faint-hearted, mind you, but do have a go!

It is a fact worth considering that the English speaking nations have a huge financial advance over the other languages for as the report, entitled ‘As you Like It’, estimates that the economic advantage to Britain of speaking the world’s most common language is worth £14.5 billion a year. (The online). That is an awful lot of dosh – in any language!

Tis for now. Riihele xx

Go Spare & Other Irishisms

Harp n Harpist


Patrick Kavanagh said the above and also this: “To write lively verse or prose, to be involved with comedy, requires enormous physical and mental power. The more energy is in a poem or prose work, the more comic it is.” (Collected Prose*)

As you may know, the Irish are brilliant at making colourful expressions and nicknames to people and things. Quoting meself: “The most obvious trait, or should I say, the most prominent characteristic of an Irishman/ -woman is their absolutely delicious wit. It shines through everything and anything that is done in the country.” – I wrote that in an earlier entry called, The Emerald Isle -The Wit which I did some time ago. And I continued to say this:

“The Irish are quick as a flash in inventing brilliant nicknames and the like. There is a statue in a street in Dublin called ‘The Molly Malone’ of the famous ballad. Her nickname is ‘The Tart with the Cart’ – because the poor girl has a rather too low-cut outfit on her! She is the one with the ‘cockles and mussels…’ Also, there was prior to the Spike another statue on that spot called ‘Anna Livia‘ – another name for the River Liffey. Her less flattering nickname was: ‘The Floozie in the Jacuzzi’ as she was sitting there with all the water pouring over her in the torrents and streams!”

IRISHISMS -The Way that the Irish Express Tings I





Go spare

I nearly went spare!

Lose one’s mental faculties.


What’s the face

What’s his/her face?

What’s his/her name?



Food is in the press.

Food is in the cupboard.


In one’s face

She’s really in-your-face.

She’s really upfront.


Tingy, yoke

This tingy/yoke

This thing.


Hot press

Towels are in the hot press.

Towels are in the airing cupboard.



That one whatsy-ma-callit?

That one what is his/her name again?



It was an absolute rip-off!

It was so expensive and not really worth it.


Up to me eyes and beyond

I am up to me eyes and beyond!

I have too much to do!


Softness coming

There is softness coming.

It is about to rain.


Do You know any of these sayings?

I place and have always placed a great value for the sense of humour in persons since childhood so to me it is an added bonus to be in situations of a howling comedy with all its multiple sides of tragedy and comedy to it.The bitter-sweet of life. The humour is the spice of life and a great medicine in times of great joy and at all times.

The sense of humour as a parachute,
that makes the landing softer in all the turns and trials of the life and the living.
(My very own saying, by the way.)

Tis for now yet again. Riihele xx.

* Collected Prose
No Earthly Estate God and Patrick Kavanagh: An Anthology
by Tom Stack.