And. Stop. Flying.
Helsinki airport was a pleasure to walk around; new, clean, plenty of shops to look in, and it had...
...lots of Moomins!
The Moomins was a favourite cartoon of mine when I was growing up, yet I never realized it has its roots in Finland.
We picked up a hire car and drove up north to my parents. The sun held out all day, and we were able to grab some much needed fresh air that afternoon, absorbing the picturesque English countryside in the beautiful light.
So the next three days were spent taking full advantage of the position of where we were staying.
Firstly, we went for a walk in the Yorkshire Dales:
The pretty birdsong (as opposed to the screeching and squawking of Australia) ringing in my ears, the bright green grass, and trees just showing the slightest hint of the onset of Autumn with a tinge of brown to the leaves, was made even more special with the warm sun on my back.