He came! he came!

Oh yes, Santa knows how to find his way to Ghajn Tuffieha... And the dogs did not scare him away! 

We had a great great Christmas, am really pleased!

These are Linni's own thoughts of Christmas day:

i loved cristmas i got so many presents . My fav was a dragon a girl baby doll dragon . I got a lot af sweets from
Santa Claws .

Christmas Day in Mgarr, Malta

This pichure my mumy put it up because me and my sister were playing a game of wii and the game we were playing Santa Clause gave it to us .

Young girl playing with black board, white board christmas present from Santa

My youongest sister is playing with her white boured that she got from cristmas . The minute she saw it she srarted righting on it .It had to be the best present she hade got .

After opening Santa's present, we went for Christmas lunch at Auntie Juanita

we ate alote and we did't stop ! after we ate Santa came ( someone was dreesed up as him . ) and gave out more presents but this time he gave presents that the family gave to him . we had a lovly time there .

Christmas in Mdina

Me and Amanda and our six (!) girls went up to Mdina on Tuesday's AMAZINGLY sunny afternoon. Strolling slowly through the silent city, we passed crib after crib. Milla happily shouted: Oh it's Jesus! I love him!

We stopped and had coffee at the
Carmelite Priory Cafe , a monastry which has recently been refurbished and opened to the public. It is hauntingly beautiful, with an amazing simplistic design that just blows you away. Ridiculously expensive cafe though, could be reason it was dead empty. Which was good as our kids were very noisy... They posed in front of ceramic vases which were probably a zillion years old and very expensive should they be crashed...

Girls posing at the Carmelite Priory Museum in Mdina

Maja and Linni brought their bikes, and could bike around as they wanted in Mdina. Mdina is the only city in Malta where no cars are allowed! So girls could get a taste of just roaming on their own. Linni obv had to take that to roam INSIDE the priory...

Carmelite Monestry and Priory Museum. Bicycling Children Malta

The weather is very changing at the moment. A few days ago it was horribly cold, around 8 at night. But yesterday it was fantastic again - Amanda came in t'shirt! But as soon as the sun sets, the warmth goes and you remember that it is winter again.

All photos by Amanda, who uses a Canon 450d, 50 mm lens

Christmas concert

In this year's Christmas concert at San Andrea School, Linni sang Silent Night in Swedish as a solo. The show was done twice, and on the second show, Maja sang with her. Oh what a proud Mama i was - tears in my eyes!

Maja and Linni singing Silent Night in Swedish at San Andrea Christmas Concert

Christmas even this year!

Guess you've noticed by now... Christmas is around the corner... Not being very good at doing christmassy things, we did at least put up the christmas tree!!

Fixing the Christmas tree


My aunt Raili recently passed away. She was a beautiful, very creative person. On the shores of a Finnish lake, she created a magic summer castle, which we were lucky to visit a few years back. I remember my summers there as a small girl - back then they just had a cabin by the lake, two rooms of which one was the sauna. After the sauna, we ran straight out in the lake to wash. Magic.
I feel for Matti, Tiina and Piia. I wish Finland wasn't so far away.