“Try to be like the turtle — at ease in your own shell”

IMG_8358I’ve posted pictures of my dog a thousand times, but my family has also other pets that are easily left out of the limelight — turtles.

I saw a post on facebook today from an animal welfare group in Helsinki, and it told that two red ear turtles were looking for a new home. It’s a familiar story. Turtles end up being abandoned way too often. Maybe because they are misunderstood, people don’t know what they are getting themselves into when they get a turtle as a pet. Turtles are good pets, but only for the right owners. IMG_8348

Turtles are not as social as dogs, they can’t be pet like a cat, but still they need to be taken care of. Feeding them a couple of times a week doesn’t sound too bad but cleaning the aquarium is a different story. But they are fun to watch, interesting and cute in their own way.

My family took turtles when I was about 5 years old. I wanted a dog and my parents tried to take the easy way out. Now the turtles (that are living at my parents house), Emma and Vippis, are already over twenty years old and will probably live at least another twenty. They don’t get as much as attention as my chihuahua and they aren’t warm and fuzzy. But still, I’m always happy they are there. I hope other turtle owners would be too, so less pet turtles would end up in the nature on their own, where they barely have any chances (at least in this cold Finland)…

I took these picture last summer when Emma and Vippis were outing.

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New in: plate for fruits (but apparently also suitable for holding flowers ;)), basket for magazines/mail and curtains with a black and white tree-print.

I love the phase in settling in to a new home when everything starts to be so ready, that it’s possible to begin to pay attention to details. Then the hardest part is choosing from all the endless ideas and styles…

Today I got some new decoration-stuff that I had ordered online. I became so excited about how everything will look like (at least I imagine everything from the curtains to carpets is going to look good!) I had to snap a few pictures of the details around the house with my phone before running off to work. I wish I had time to put all the new pieces and things on their places soon!

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Last week I offered a new home to this second-hand armchair. The pillow case is self sewn.

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