Well, that was that! Nothing else really to say about the garden back in the States right now. We’ve got plenty of seeds on the way to fill in spaces, we have certain plants on our chop and drop list that need to be curtailed, and we also have our eye on adding paw paws, elderberries, and mulberries this year to begin our shrub layer in earnest.
Unlimited travel for 90 days in Helsinki for less than $1.50/day? Check.
Now I just need a bank account and a job. Once I am registered with the social fund Kela (application is pending) I’ll be able to visit a doctor and dentist in short order. For a little bit of nothing.
Like it should be living in a civilized nation.
Oh- and I’m meeting with urban farmers on Friday. Going to discuss their plans, where I can help, and perhaps how I can start a garden in a place that is almost perfect for growing.
My Finnish residency application has been accepted! I just have to go to the police station and pick it up.
Alright! I can start working now! It only took one month for the application to be processed. How awesome is that?
On the garden- if you remember, I was away for two weeks. The first week was my wedding week and the second week we were at a summer cottage relaxing. So now I can finish up with the slide shows (probably another 6 episodes), put up the remainder of pictures that I took, share some pictures my parents took while I was gone, and then write up a little thing on how it all went.
Then I can start my new blog following my life here in Finland. (Which may be off to a good start now that I have a permit- I have spotted an absolutely perfect place for a garden that isn’t being used for anything and doesn’t look like it ever will be).
Yes, today I am now officially a married man. My wife and I had our civil service this morning in Helsinki. It took the official less than one minute and fifteen seconds to conduct the ceremony! Happened so fast. But, at least our “real wedding”- as we like to say- is in August with the church, reception, exchanging of rings, etc. (Its actually going to be a blessing of today’s marriage since I didn’t want to pay money to prove I was a Christian, but we are considering it to be the day)
So things were going very, very well. A new day. A new life. Then at lunch my wife and I conspired through miscommunication to drop our brand new $850 camera lens on the floor and break it. One of the inner elements is “loose,” you can hear something else rattle around, and it refuses to focus. $850 was over a month’s wages for me. *note- no alcohol was involved in this colossal accident*
What a way to start our marriage! At least we have wine and cheesecake samples from our chef friends to mend my broken heart. Haha. Oh, and we filed a claim with her insurance so heres to hoping they cover something.
On a gardening note, I’m exporting the video for the first segment of the new slideshow! Expect it soon.
Linux rocks. “Openshot” seems to work very well for a simple slide show like I want to do. That and my new phone has a good mic so after a few more practice runs I’ll have some decent audio to go with each segment.
I’ll keep each video right around 20 minutes or so. Each segment will cover a season or at least part of a season… we’ll see what happens.
Since most of my photographs are on the hard drive with OS X, I’ve been copying photos I want to edit for the slideshow for most of the day. Takes a while to go through thousands of pictures, choose which ones you want, then wait for them to copy.
The last slide show I made covered November 2010-June 2011. I will cover the same territory again and continue on through to June 2012 when I left for Finland. Of course there will be the same, and more, gaps from when I was traveling, but I think even missing a few months be worth it.
Now, last time, I didn’t include any audio. I compensated for this with captions for each photo. Now I’m thinking that I’ll narrate the entire thing. I also didn’t do much by the way of post processing, which I’m a little bit more comfortable with now. This could take a while to produce- I’m importing just over 9gigs worth of photographs from the past two years!
So now, once the pictures are processed, I can think about how to go about producing something worth watching.