Erkki Niemi

TURENKI SCULPTURE YARD

This place is quite extraordinary. A retired metal shop entrepreneur and his wife have furnished their entire yard with home made sculptures, games and toys for children - and anyone who feels like a 'child-at-heart'. Visiting is always free, and the hosts Erkki and Marja even serve coffee, juice and snacks for anyone who is open to receiving their generosity.

We have driven past this place many times, but today with Severi and Puki with children Nemo and Vivi we actually called them ahead and asked if we could visit.

 

Lili got to ride in Severi's convertible.  Nemo and Vivi are waving in the back.

Lili got to ride in Severi's convertible.  Nemo and Vivi are waving in the back.

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Lili in her show jumping position. Erkki being playful next to her.

Lili in her show jumping position. Erkki being playful next to her.

We got served coffee, croissants, cookies, pop and Finnish ice cream! Erkki and Marja collect piggy banks and have 803 of the on display. They also have about 50 plates on the wall - all souvenirs of the 63 countries they have visited. 

We got served coffee, croissants, cookies, pop and Finnish ice cream! Erkki and Marja collect piggy banks and have 803 of the on display. They also have about 50 plates on the wall - all souvenirs of the 63 countries they have visited. 

King Severi, Queen Puki and Princess Vivi. 

King Severi, Queen Puki and Princess Vivi. 

King Dante I. 

King Dante I. 

ROCK ON! ROCK ON - this has to be one of my most favorite photos of all!   Thank you to Severi for the great shot. 

ROCK ON! ROCK ON - this has to be one of my most favorite photos of all!

Thank you to Severi for the great shot.