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Post by caysa on Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:12 pm

I have wanted to visit this little island and now we are going!! cheers

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Post by Bisky on Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:24 pm

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I love looking at the pictures of the islands that Arne Ader posts on LK -- it should be a wonderful trip. How long will you be gone? Is there lodging or will you have to camp out? I am very excited for you!
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Post by AllyKass on Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:47 pm

cool cheers
(i had never been in hiiumaa)
hope you have interesting trip to hiiumaa
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Post by caysa on Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:35 pm

We will go in two weeks, on July 11th and be away for 3 nights.
We are not camping out - I think we have dome enough of that when the kids were small. But it was not easy to find accommodation - every place is full. In the only town, Kärdla, there was a double room in THIS HOTEL.
It seemes ok and anyway, we are not going to spend time there, just sleep and have breakfast.

Ally, we can pick you up and take you with us - extra bed is only 7 euros lol!
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Post by Bisky on Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:44 pm

lol! When I asked about camping, it was not because I thought you might want to do that -- but it looked like there might not be a lot of hotel accommodations available! It is good that you found someplace where you can use as a base and take day trips.

We are looking forward to many, many pictures.nod

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Post by caysa on Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:07 am

Something about Hiiumaa


Nature

Hiiumaa is the second largest island in Estonia, separated from the mainland by a 22 km wide strait. The island has a low elevation; its highest point being 68 m above sea level. Hiiumaa emerged from the sea about 8500 years ago. Located in the eastern part of the Baltic Sea, the island of Hiiumaa and a number of small islets cover an area of more than 1 000 square km.

All over the island the limestone is covered by loose deposits from the last ice age and by marine sediments, beach ridges and dunes from the different phases of the Baltic Sea. Thus, the landscape provides examples of pine forests, mixed spruce- and deciduous forests, swampy thickets and juniper shrubbery, coastal meadows and dunes, peat moors and bogs. One can find about 1 000 species of higher plants in the rich flora of Hiiumaa. Over 50 rare species are protected. Elks, red deer, roe deer and wild boars live in the forests. There are also foxes, lynxes, martens, etc. The bird fauna of the island is also worth mentioning. Among nesting or migrating birds one can see black storks, golden eagles, cranes, avocets, swans, etc.
Arable land makes up only one-quarter of the territory, while forests cover over 60% of the island.



History

Hiiumaa, due to its location in the Baltic Sea, has a varied history. Beginning with Mesolithic settlements on the Kõpu peninsula, man has changed the landscape of the island for over seven thousand years.

In 1228 the island was first mentioned in written annals under the name Dageida. In 1254 Hiiumaa was divided between Livonian Order and Saare-Lääne bishop. In 1563 Hiiumaa got annexed to Sweden. In 1710, as a result of Great Northern war island goes under the Russian Empire. German military forces occupy Hiiumaa in 1917. In 1918 - 1940 Hiiumaa was part of the Republic of Estonia, then until 1991 occupied by Soviet Union, now recovering again in free Estonia.

Churches are undoubtedly among Hiiumaas oldest preserved architectural monuments. One of the oldest stone churches was built in Pühalepa in 1259, destroyed in 16.-17. century and rebuilt in 18. century. Oldest manors of total over two dozens are Putkaste and Lauka. Most beautiful is Suuremõisa palace in Pühalepa, late barock from 1755 - 1772.

On demands of the Hanseatic League a lighthouse was built in Kõpu in the beginning of 16. century. It is considered the third oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the whole world, still showing its light up to 35 miles overo the sea. In 1874 and 1875 two metal lighthouses were built in France and put to northern and western tops of Hiiumaa.

The best part of the farm architecture comes from the 19. century. Best examples are Mihkli farming complexe and Soera farm-museum with all the old national artefacts.



Economy

The islanders have always been a seafaring and farming people. Besides these occupations, the people of Hiiumaa have been engaged in tar-making, lime-burning, salt-working, shipbuilding, construction and carpentry. The last few centuries on the island have witnessed the existence of a glass-foundry, a cloth manufactory and an artificial silk factory. After the World War II and during the Soviet occupation, the main industries were based on large-scale agriculture and fishing.

Most recent trends in Hiiumaa economy have been towards smaller farms and tourism, also small industry, such as plastics and medical instruments. Service sector is widening due to development of tourism. Creation of IT based jobs is essential for offering new possibilities for young people to remain in island

Hiiumaa is an island that has a relatively small population, and is relatively far from the Estonian economic centers, most importantly Tallinn. This enables the to offer a very safe environment for the business development. Hiiumaa is also characterized by large exports of fish, wood, and other products; import of most primary goods and necessary equipment; growing tourist potential and a favorable position near major shipping lanes in a Baltic Sea.

In the primary sector, which includes fishing, farming and forestry, about 800 people are employed. The biggest employer in the island is also the biggest fishing company nation wide - Hiiu Kalur. The processing industries, those that add value to raw materials, employ about 850 people.
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Post by Ricky on Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:17 pm

I bet this is going to be interesting! Looking forward to nice pics Wink
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Post by caysa on Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:49 pm

Ricky wrote:I bet this is going to be interesting! Looking forward to nice pics Wink
Hmmm - probablu not as interesting as your Greenland trip What a Face
But yes, I think we will enjoy the trip, especially the sea shores.
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Post by caysa on Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:48 am

Mr Murphy has again interfered with our plans - but I hope I win!!
I have an infected toe faint Such a small problem, that my pedicurist tried to fix but did not quite succeed. I splint of the toe nail was (or still is) beside nail and it hurts like . I ended up at the doctors and got antibiotics for 3 weeks. Hopefully it helps enough so that I can walk without too much pain. And I hope I stay awake lol! , these meds make me really tired, I can fall asleep just about anywhere !!
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Post by AllyKass on Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:30 pm

get well soon and see hiiumaa and foxes
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Post by Ricky on Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:06 pm

caysa wrote:I have an infected toe faint

Welcome to the club - I have exactly the same problem. Rolling Eyes No walking longer than 1 km (if possible at all), I was at the doctor twice (and tomorrow again Rolling Eyes ) and got antibiotics. It´s is considerably better now but it will last some more time to heal completely. I don´t really want to spend all summer either at home or in the car so I hope it will be soon. Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

So I know how it feels - I hope it won´t influence your trip too much sunny
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Post by Bisky on Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:45 pm

Oh, what rotten luck for both Caysa and Ricky!

Of course you know that you both must take it easy now and heal quickly so your trips are not spoiled.
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Post by AllyKass on Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:17 pm

really bad luck for our travellers,hope you can solve the problems and you could walk in your trips
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Post by caysa on Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:57 pm

Ricky wrote:
caysa wrote:I have an infected toe faint

Welcome to the club - I have exactly the same problem. Rolling Eyes No walking longer than 1 km (if possible at all), I was at the doctor twice (and tomorrow again Rolling Eyes ) and got antibiotics. It´s is considerably better now but it will last some more time to heal completely. I don´t really want to spend all summer either at home or in the car so I hope it will be soon. Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

So I know how it feels - I hope it won´t influence your trip too much sunny
I don't believe it lol! I think I feel better already knowing I have someone in the same boat. What a Face
It is not fun , that's for sure, but what can you do?? I got Kefalex (750 mg kefalexin by rathiopharm / Merckle GmbH) and that should be good for this let's see.....
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Post by Ophiophagus on Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:00 am

I hope you will heal quickly!! bounce
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Post by caysa on Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:08 pm

Ophiophagus wrote:I hope you will heal quickly!! bounce
Does not seem too good ..... it hurts so much!! faint
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Post by AllyKass on Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:31 pm

Have you aaloe? put piece of opened aaloe on the toe
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Post by robin on Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:11 pm

No toe, no problem whistle
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Post by caysa on Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:22 am

robin wrote:No toe, no problem whistle
I am seriously considering this option confused
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Post by caysa on Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:03 am

I just called the hospital in Turku again. At 3 pm I am sceduled for an operation. I have a feeling that a bit of the nail is still there in my flesh and if not - maybe they do remove my toe lol!
Please - fingers crossed they will easily find and remove what is causing me pain..... I am quite nervous.... SIGH
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Post by AllyKass on Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:55 am

i cross my fingers Laughing
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Post by caysa on Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:17 am

AllyKass wrote:i cross my fingers Laughing
Thanks!!
I will tell you all about it when I come home .... (If I come home lol! )
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Post by Ricky on Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:19 am

I hope everything goes smoothly!! Smile
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Post by Bisky on Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:21 pm

Best of luck to you, Caysa!
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Post by caysa on Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:27 pm

I am back home. The dr digged into my toe but couldn't find anything "extra" there. So I guess we go on as before. It is still a bit numb so I can't say yet how much it is hurting.
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Post by Deb on Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:47 pm

I am so sorry to hear about all of this Caysa. I had to have my big toe nails surgically modified so that I no longer got ingrown nails. This happened years ago when I was a kid. I have piercings on the sides of my toes where the nail grew up and out of the side. I know what this pain can feel like and I hope yours goes away quickly now! Hugs!
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Post by caysa on Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:22 am

Thanks, Deb !!
It is not THAT bad with my toes yet. I believe that this is a result of me not beeing able to cut the nail right. From now on I will use professionals to cut the toe nails. And if this problem occurs many times I wil have that surgery done too.
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Post by Ricky on Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:11 pm

caysa wrote:And if this problem occurs many times I wil have that surgery done too.

Same here Rolling Eyes My doctor says that he will fix it without a surgery, though - I can´t really imagine how that is possible but of course I hope he is right! nod
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Post by caysa on Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:32 pm

My toe is so much better !!
I am sure that whatever sharp I felt there was gone when the doctor digged in and around the nail. I have not felt that sharp pain at all since and I can walk normally again. I have to be careful of course, because there is still a little wound there. But at least I can do short walks in Hiiumaa and I don't have to sit in the car. I will probably have to wear my Crocs all the time but at least they are comfortable. Maybe not the best ones for bog walks Rolling Eyes .
I looked at the weather forecast and it looks quite good, no really hot days. At the moment we have +31C and that is too much to do anything outside.
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