I need some foreign language help

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In my sitemeter stats I found this blog linking to mine. I know there are translation utilities available, but I don’t even know what language this is. Can anyone help me out here? I’d like to contact the author and add his/her blog to my directory. I suspect the author knows English, but I can’t even figure out an email link. My guess is that it is some northern language, maybe Scandinavian, maybe Icelandic. Anyway, there are many beautiful photographs of plants at this blog that you can enjoy without even knowing the language. Beauty speaks its own language, no?
Update: Narcissa and I have corresponded by email and she is now entered in the Garden Blog Directory. In response to my question she also added: “In the comments you asked about other Finnish blogs. We do have a Finnish garden blog ring, located here, but it’s not very pleasant to look at and it doesn’t include everyone. There’s also a page for Finnish gardening links here, but that’s not very informative for anyone not speaking Finnish.”

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Ziina January 18, 2006, 4:42 am


You might find some finnish gardening sites from that page, the blogs are on the right side and I´m sure you´ll find them. I don´t believe any of them writes in english (most of them speak english) but at least there are many beatiful pictures.

Kathy Purdy January 15, 2006, 4:10 pm

Well, we are all happy to meet you. I sent you an email, and as soon as I hear back from you, I hope to add you to the Garden Blog Directory, so that more gardeners can meet you. Is there something similar to the Garden Blog Directory listing Finnish gardenbloggers?

Narcissa January 15, 2006, 2:23 pm

Well, that would be me linking to you 🙂 And yes, the language is Finnish. I can translate it wholly if you want, but the gist of the entry is that I’m “complaining” about how beautiful pictures can be found on the blogs of the Garden Blog Directory and that if I had more time to garden (and didn’t have to deal with our lovely Finnish climate…) I actually might have a chance to create something as beautiful. So basically it was a pitiful attempt to be funny and to provide other Finnish gardenbloggers links to foreign gardenblogs 🙂

Anyway I’m tremendously flattered that you like my pictures!!!

Karen January 15, 2006, 12:46 pm

This works if you only want to read every tenth word, turns it into poetry:
I suppose Finnish translation is still very basic. Anyway it does seem to me that she can only be reached through the comments.

Situations like this really make the Latin handy!

Kathy Purdy January 15, 2006, 11:53 am

Yes, but I can’t contact the author until I get an email address. Can you pick out something that looks like “Profile” or “Contact the Author”? And I am not going to pester the author to translate the site. I am sure he/she has better things to do. I would like to know if there is a free translation service out there that will translate from Finnish to English.

Judy Miller January 15, 2006, 11:45 am

That’s Finnish and no mistake. Look at all those repeated letters & umlauts. One of my high school teachers is a Finn and we had a Finnish exchange student at school; we corresponded for years.

And yes, it would be unlikely if the author did not speak English, I think it’s a requirement in school there. Perhaps the author would provide a translation of the entry for you.

Kathy Purdy January 15, 2006, 11:25 am

Do you know it is Finnish or are you just guessing? I couldn’t find a translation utility (tried Google’s and Babelfish and they didn’t offer a way to translate a web page from Finnish to English. All I really want at this point is a way to contact the author.

Catherine January 15, 2006, 11:12 am

Try Finnish. :o)