What Not to Say to Your Finnish Wife

It has been a fantastic summer so far hasn’t it? The weather has been great and I have been busying myself by enjoying the sunshine, gardening, socialising, reading and by making a nice trip to a summery and hot Helsinki. And believe it or not, I have also been dieting this summer and have lost…

A Place Called Puhelin – A Brit in Finland

Learning languages isn’t easy. Especially if you are British and used to just speaking your native tongue, English, louder when you are abroad. So spare a thought for hubby, who when moving to Finland all those years ago after falling in love with a bi-lingual Finn, had to deal with not just one, but two…

“Are You Planning on Dying, Mum?”

Before anyone gets worried – no, I am not ill and that is not the reason why my blog has been so quiet lately. But some sad and unexpected events occurred this past autumn that made me think of death and how it impacts on others, leading to some unusual actions and conversations within our family,…

The Secret is Out – Mrs Finntastic Finally Confesses

The secret is out. Well, it really wasn’t much of a secret for many of you, but anyhow, Mrs Finntastic’s identity has been revealed after a few near misses! It all started a few weeks ago. Over the last year I have been taking a lot of pictures of a big beautiful red lightvessel (LV21) that is moored…

How to Annoy Your Teenager – Tips from an Evil Finnish Mum

I admit it, I enjoy annoying my teenager. In my defence though, this is only payback for all those years of having to live with the rolling eyes, loud sighs and comments like “Are you stupid?” So how do you annoy a teenager? Here are my best tips. Act immaturely. I love playing Hide and…

Why Finnish Mums are Scarier Than Other Mums

“You’re not like other mums, you’re scary” my darling son said to me, aged about 9 at the time, whilst comparing me to British mums. Whereas I possibly should have been offended by his off the wall comment, I took it as a huge compliment. After all, it meant I was doing a good job being a Finnish…

When a Fat Bitch Steals Your Identity

We have an unwanted guest in our house and I am literally fuming! This woman has moved in totally unnoticed and without even being invited! She treats my house like it’s hers and has replaced my smaller size clothes with her new frumpy size 16 ones, which now fill my wardrobe! Night time she drinks…

Where to Eat and Drink in Gravesend – An Expat Recommends

It comes as no surprise to my blog readers that I am a huge fan of both food and drink, you only have to look at my rotund stature for some evidence! Luckily, although a small town with just 100,000 inhabitants, Gravesend has got a plethora of pubs and restaurants to choose from, where you can…

Three Pigeons and A Wedding Present

We have made it without Brexit! Well, that is hubby and I, who celebrated our Silver Wedding Anniversary last month! When hubby and I first met in 1986 at the famous Queen concert, I don’t think either of us could have imagined celebrating 25 years of marriage many years later in sunny Gravesend! We made a decision to celebrate…