.. where Ikea builds a stone castle

Hello there! It’s me, Ikea!

for a start, i have a little question for u -why do you think is Estland called ‘Estonia’ in English? this, for a giraffe, is a gr8 mystery. but i have one idea – because they have a lot of stones!!

so, instead of all these great stones going to waste, i decided to build an eSTONEan castle, so to speak, hehe! and there is no better place to build a castle than Saaremaa, it seems to me. because, u know, Saaremaa is quite flat. like Holland for example. so, it is good to build a stone castle there – because you can see it from very long ways away. or, u know, when it is ready, amd you climb the tallest tower – and you are giraffe with a long neck – then you can see quite far too u know! in fact, i saw two rainclouds coming REALLY far away. because they only arrived in the evening. so, they must have been far. OR they took a really long detour…
but, before that, i had to actually build the towers. so, here’s me building:

so, this is going to be one of the small towers. u can see lots of towers in the background – i guess everyone wants to build a stone castle these days! but they only managed a tower or two, not more i’m afraid..

so, here’s me building some more. this is going to be a stone wall with a hole-y stone on top of it. quite fun stone, actually, hehe!

and here, something interrupting the building of the stone wall – woohoo! it’s a shadow!!
i have to tell u that giraffes are not very fast stone-wall builders. quite slow actually. but with all these fun shadows everywhere… it takes almost three times as much time!! i could say that building a stone wall with gr8 shadows like this one takes many more times the time it takes to play all levels of the giraffe apple-eating game. that’s quite a lot!

but, after all this great fun building, it’s ready! please, come look a little closer!

see, this is the courtyard. please, do come in.

no need to take off shoes, there are still stones everywhere! and mind your head! especially, if you are a giraffe! it’s because of the gate that i built here. u know, i wanted to build a gate with closed top because that way u can walk around the stone wall without ever needing to come off. so, it’s a bit like a carousel really. except that u need to walk or run yourself. i must say i ran three laps and my head got all dizzy. it’s probably because of my long neck, u know..

also, it is very well known fact that stone castles are REALLY good for playing hide-and-seek. here’s me showing the gr8 hide-and-seek potential of the stone castle. see if you can find me, hehe!

so, this is pretty much it, really. gr8 fun! ooh, almost forgot – finally this is where you need to climb in order to enjoy the view. it’s nice! have u built a stone castle this year? if not, let me know, we can go and build a couple more before the winter comes. not so much fun building a stone castle in the winter i’m afraid. much nicer to stay inside and play yatzy!
or read a book! because, u know, a really nice book came out, which has almost more than 1 MILLION giraffes inside!! it’s quite a big mystery in fact, how did they get there? but it sounds really good. u can check out this book over here! ps. if you have the book and u found me, Ikea – let me know!!!! until then,have fun and cu l8r!

.. where Ikea explores the windmills and meets a rat

Hello there! It’s me, Ikea!

i have to tell u a secret! i went a little geocaching last time i was in Saaremaa!! and, u know, this is when i met these large fun houses called windmills! they make flour in these windmills u know! well, they don’t anymore because of lot of reasons, one of them being that they now make flour elsewhere. but these windmills are still there, so everyone can go in and take a look! so we did!

these windmills are quite nice houses actually, because of two things: 1. they have a large fan and 2. the big one is actually from Holland, one of my favorite countries. also, they have many floors with a rope going though! check it out:

apparently, this rope was also good for something back when they were making this flour. but they don’t anymore, so it was just a lot of fun. u know, when exploring, i had several ideas why they don’t make this flour there anymore (besides the one that i already mentioned). and i think one of the reasons is that someone has nicked the millstone!

so it can be a little tricky to grind all these grains without millstones! not so much fun, i’m afraid. and also, another reason might be that not too many people live in this mill. i guess the only people who live there are the tourists. well, they don’t actually live there, but they visit often. and of course, then there are the Petersons. and of course, then, there is the Rat!!!

wohoo, i have to say i was a bit scared of the rat in fact. because it was a bit dark in the corner. giraffes are not usually scared by rats, it’s just that this one scared without any warning. luckily, the Petersons had a cat nearby, so before anything else happened, i was very much rescued. although i wanted to say hello to this Rat and ask how she was doing. because, as i found out from the Petersons, her name is Mildred in fact and she’s 2 years old. that’s like 15 in giraffe years. Here’s the Petersons after capturing me from the Rat Mildred:

needless to say, there were more animals. well, animal figures in fact, because there were wooden horses outside!!! wooden horses are quite fun too, especially the ones by the windmills, with the funny hair, hehe! check it out:

i can say that there are 5 or so windmills alltogether in this place of windmills, but i am not going to tell u about each of them. because they kind of look quite similar u know!! so, what started out as a little fun trip of geocaching ended up being even more fun with all this windmill exploration, meeting a Rat, the Petersons and fotografs on wooden horses. i guess it is all just gr8 fun for a giraffe, like me – don’t u think? now i have made a little plan of going to visit Holland in order to check out the windmills over there.. but wait, that’s a little secret for now – only Angel knows about it. until then – perhaps u know any other places with windmills that i could travel to? let me know and have fun!

.. where Ikea goes to Saaremaa and finds boots!

Hello there! It’s me, Ikea!

Guess what? last weekend was very much fun! and, despite all this rain, i took a lot of fotografs! so, it will take some time to sort them out, i’m afraid.. anyways, if u remember from couple of weeks ago i visited Hiiumaa, the second largest island in Estland. and i helped to build a little bit of bridge – over here. so, after just a couple of weeks, many giraffes and other friends were asking how the bridge is coming along. i had no idea. so, instead of sitting at home, we went to check it out – from the other side – Saaremaa!!

but, i’m afraid i have bad news. the other side is not coming along very well at all! check out – they even have put up a sign – it is all falling apart!!

and, i have to say, it is no wonder this bridge building takes so much time. because i went to investigate this mystery a little bit, and i found out!

1st of all, they are using very much ancient technology. consider this for time-keeping: a sun dial!

even we, giraffes, know that this is well outdated! because, u know, it does not show time when the sun is not outside!! like this exact day we were there. in fact, not only was it not sunny, it was actually totally clouded, with some of them leaking really badly. plus the wind. in fact, i had to squeeze the dial just to keep myself sitting straight.

2ndly, just a few miles (that’s like about 8 kilometres) away, the sun was out! what a bad selection of place to start building the bridge (and the sundial) where it is raining (and no sun). see below, it is very much clearish sky’s don’t u think?

3rdly – they use old windmills as workers!!!!!! take a look at this old guy Tõll (he is supposed to be in charge) here:

and, if u ask me, a giraffe, he has his eyes set not the bridge, but the bride, right next to thim, also an ex-windmill, Piret:

and, although i am not an expert on windmill sociology, there is one main problem with windmills as workers – they are stuck! stoned to the ground, so to speak. and they move, if at all, extremely slowly. so, it is no wonder the bridgework is not going on very well. mystery solved!!!

although the outcome was not so great, it was very much fun to investigate, i have to say! also, in the investigation process, i found some quite old boots, supposedly from the last century or so. quite nice ones, in fact, hehe! they fit perfectly.

i can secretly tell u that i went to test these out on my morning run. shhh!
so, what about you? have u visited any islands lately? let me know! have fun and cu l8r!