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Notice & Diamond

Back from an unplanned hiatus, thanks to three rascal kittens suddenly becoming potent and also needing all kinds of extra care, and the two-legged family members sharing a nice bout of gastric flu. I can't recommend combinging both, it's a tad exhausting. Ahem.

I'm also going back to filling the prompts with pictures from our Northland trip this summer.

Notice

The farthest east we've been was at the Russian border on the Norwegian coast. We went to a small, beautiful bay there, difficult to reach by way of a 10km gravel track with more potholes than actual gravel, and the potholes being of the kind you can hide small children in. Part of the road went alongside a river which is the border there, and everywhere there were towers, cameras, and these signs, explainig everything you mustn't do.

Diamond

We've visited any available Sámi museum as I'm fascinated by the culture. The Sámi are renowned, among others, for their handcrafts, and among these also for their colourful needlework of knitting and ribbon weaving. Variations of diamond patters are quite frequent, like at this ribbon in the museum of Alta/Norway (I think), or the mittens in the Síida museum in Inari/Finland:

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That notice is certainly intimidating. And thorough. Fascinating.

The woven ribbon is really intricate, isn't it. And the mittens are very cute, especially the ones with the name of the owner knitted into the pattern.
I enjoyed seeing all these mittens and ribbons on display in the various museums so much. The Samí costumes are all really colourful, and it's amazing how much work went into making all the details for them.