Below is a video of Klovharu, the tiny and distant island where Tove Jansson and her partner, Tuulikki Pietilä, spent many years.
And here’s Jansson describing the island in the summer:
‘Of course I know that the seabirds were here first! They have registered their claim to this territory for who knows how many generations and their hatred for us is obvious: they swoop at us with their beaks open, screeching. The terns are the worst, true warriors who really know how to aim their poo. These shining white symbols of freedom and the horizon drive us mad. Tooti can’t work on her drawings without an umbrella, and when she jumps rope in the mornings, they take it as a declaration of war (which amuses me). We can’t swim, we can’t put down nets, we can’t even go out in the boat – I’ve never been hated so conscientiously!’