19 May 2018

Sleepover at the Stables

Sometimes it would be nice to stay over night at the stables,
especially if a foal is expected!

Make yourself comfortable in hay, have a good friend along...
But which are the necessities for a long night? 

If you choose pure wool or cashmere you will have a blanket for the rest of your life.
When choosing high quality and timeless patterns you will have a blanket to take 
with you where ever you might need some extra warmth!

Photos and Blankets from Burberry

Oil lamps or candles are the most ambient, but they would
be an extremely dangerous combination with hay.

LED lantern is a safe choice!
This one by Winsome House you can find in a webshop

Tea or coffe with caffeine keep you awake and a good thermo flask
 keeps them warm. Which would be your favourite one?

Below right: Chinese thermo flasks, Alfi Albergo in the middle and
on the left a steel bottle  from airam.fi   

 Food. A lots of food.

The baits are usually the best part of the picnics and sleepovers. Make delicious 
sandwhiches, take nuts and fruits along, not forgetting fresh water. They will keep 
you going all night long. And to avoid the damage the mice might do, 
pack your bait in a basket! This traditional ‘Devon Maund’ picnic hamper is  
handwoven by master basket-weaver Hilary Burns using Devon willow and hazel. 
You´ll find it here: www.thenewcraftsmen.com

For music and a weather forecast - a radio!
Digital Radio Ruark R1 was chosen as a most beautiful radio in the world 
by some magazine. And that´s true, it is very beautiful! 

The radio link will take you to the pages of  a German webshop "Manufactum".
If you prefere classic stuff and high quality, that is your place to shop,
There you find everything from toothbrushes to garden furniture in 
the best possible style and quality.

And here is also something in the best possible style and quality:

Photo Hilary Halliwell

After all-night vigil and excitement it´s time to celebrate new life!
Could you do it any better way than having a glass of champagne with 
hand made truffels? 

This cool horse bit cooler is from The Longest Stay Ltd and
if you wish to make the truffels by yourself, you fnd a recipe from 

For the proud mother, of course,  a special treat.

We wish you all a succesfull foaling time and many happy
moments with the newcomers.

P.S. When the tailhair of your foal is long enough, you can have some of it 
woven into one ribbon with it´s mother ´s (and/or father´s) and have a beautiful
keepsake for ever.

Ring Amate in silver, gold or white gold
hand woven ribbon 3 mm
- Hand crafted in Finland, custom made for You -

9 May 2018

Equestrian Summer Wedding Top 3 Tips

Planning a summer wedding?
Here the top 3 tips for a perfect day:

1. Get the right kind of a foot wear for an outdoor wedding.

2. Find yourself the most wonderful and reliable bridesmaids.

3. Get yourselves the most beautiful wedding bands with a woven ribbon
made of your bridesmaid´s tail hair.

Number 4 could have been: Choose your future husband carefully,
pick the perfect one and live happily ever after, but we know, you did already...

Photo Lukas Navickas/Pexels

We wish all the brides and grooms joyful weddings and 
many happy years together!

Photo by Blueridgefloral

3 May 2018

Printemps Menu in Restaurant Gösta

If you ever visit Finland and you have time, we recommend visiting Mänttä
in mid Finland. And our Finnish readers: when planning holiday trips, consider Mänttä
if you enjoy good food and art. Mänttä offers, although a very small city, a rich range of
cultural and culinary experiences and beautiful nature.

Click here to see what is going on in Mänttä this year:

In Serlachius museum restaurant "Gösta" we enjoyed a spring time
menu a´la restaurators, chefs Henry Tikkanen and Pekka Terävä.

Before the lunch we saw a movie "Set up to the plate" (click to read a review),
 a document film about star chefs Michel Brasin and his son Sébastian Bras, their life,
food and family.  The film is directed by Paul Lacoste.

Michel cooking at home with his grandson (from the movie)

Restaurant Gösta
Art by Heikki Marila, "Mänttä"wooden light fixture by Secto Design, Finland

Painting by Akseli Gallen Kallela, "Spring"
A sketch for a fresco in Jusélius´ mauseleum 1902-1903

This special day of a special Menu was one of the events on 


Crème Ninon - green pea soup with champagne
This classic French soup was a perfect starter for the spring menu:
fresh, soft and gauzy.

Wine suggestion Taittinger Brut Champagne

Lamb tartare, bone marrow cream, crispy bread and watercress
The combination of textures made this dish very interesting. Watercress
gave springlike freshness and crispy bread crunchiness. Tartare almost melted 
in mouth like a good tartare should do.

Wine suggestion Hecht & Bannier Rose

Bouillabaisse a´la Gösta
Shellfish broth, salmon, whitefish, scallops, shrimps and leak
Traditional, full bodied broth with seafood. Everything was perfectly cooked, 
especially the salmon which you too often get over cooked... So soft and tender.

Wine suggestion Sauska Chardonnay

"Coq au Vin" with polenta and asparagus in red wine sauce
Traditional dish in a modern way. Didn´t look like it, but tasted exactly like!
It was nice to have luscious champignons, onions and asparagus in 
one piece by the chicken, The broth was tasty and polenta nice change 
instead of rice or mashed potatoes .

Wine suggestion redwine Gotim Bru 

Lavender crème brûlée with strawberry sauce
This is a dessert full of spring and promise of summer. Perfect ending for a perfect menu.

Wine suggestion Hungarian Golden Beams, grapes from Germany

We all enjoyed the food a lot. There was no "weak link" which was quite
surprising considering it was a five course menu. The portion size was good,
the wine menu complimented food.

This menu deserves five stars!
Kuvahaun tulos haulle five stars

Thank you, we will be back.