It is again time of Summer solstice, it is Midsummer. Our light nights are after Summer solstice getting darker till 21th of December. Here is some photos taken in our yard at midnight.
What a month, we have enjoyed of warm weather every day. The borderline between warm and hot is here 25°C / 77° F. In May we had 14 days over that borderline and it is all times record. Normally we don´t have so many hot days during the whole summer. Now it starts to be too dry, last rain was on the 3rd of May and the nature is suffering. We are told to have water bowls in our yards for birds, hedgehogs, for everybody.
May is this year a month of flowers. Lathyrus vernus (spring vetchling, spring pea, or spring vetch) is native to forests of Europe and Siberia. It forms a dense clump of pointed leaves with purple flowers in spring, shading to a greenish-blue with age. These seldom seen Spring Vetchlings are in blossom during May or June in Finland.
We have had very hot weather about two weeks, temperatures between 25°C-29°C/ 77°F-86°F. Last time we had as hot May as now was 60 years ago. Last year we had snow a week ago.
The most beautiful tree covered with flowers. It´s name Podarok means ” A gift from St. Petersburg”. So it is breeded in Russia, there is cold winters like here.
We saw yesterday evening a hedgehog who has been hibernating in our yard. It was a great moment to see it has survived over the cold winter.
All the plants are in a hurry to grow up. These daffodils grow through the snow.
Cranes are arriving, they flew very high, so no photos, but we enjoyed their honking for hours.
We had yesterday a photo with a strange “thing on that wall” and we got great answers and ideas.
Maybe it is a bottle opener thought Amy, Xena´s mom. Could be, could be, at that time there were not many shops selling those openers.
Katty and Da Phenny had the most interesting idea, maybe it is a house of Baba Yaga.
I never had heard of Baba Yaga, so I had to find out who s/he is. She is the most interesting person. This is worth reading!
Baba Yaga, also known as Baba Iaga, is one of the most famous witches in Slavic folklore. She is a popular figure in children’s fairy tales, and was one of the common stories of the Russian oral tradition. Her origin is part of her mystery. The first written reference to her was in 1755 in Mikhail W. Lomonosov’s Russian Grammar, where she is listed amongst ancient figures from Slavic tradition. The indication is that the legend began in pre-Christian, pagan times where people were very superstitious and believed that their fates were not of their own making but at the mercy of other-worldly deities.
The Russian witch is described as a deformed, scraggly old woman with bony legs, a very long crooked nose, piercing cold eyes, and iron teeth. Her demeanor is powerful and unpredictable. Her intention is to instill fear and guarded respect in anyone who encounters her. Every body part of the Baba witch is grotesque.
Most tales say that she rides around the forest in a giant mortar. She also uses her mortar and pestle to grind up the bones of the people she eats. When flying, she uses the huge pestle like a rudder. She holds it in her right hand while she holds a broom in her left hand to wipe away her trail. A few tales have her using the traditional witches’ broom for transportation. The baba witch can remove her hands from her body so she can have them do her bidding.
The Russian Baba witch lives deep in the forest in a hut that rests on giant chicken legs that can move around the forest to make it harder for anyone to find her. The windows serve as eyes to watch over her domain and the fence post around the hut is built out of human bones and is topped with human skulls. When her house moves it spins while emitting a screeching noise, until it comes to settle down with groans and creaks. And it prefers to turn its back toward all visitors.
So, have you ever seen her?
After yesterday´s snowstorm all the signs of Spring have disappeared and we live in a totally white world.
The wind is blowing from east, from Siberia, and this wind is cold, we will have near–30° C/ -22°F at nights.
Hi, it´s me Kosmo. I have noticed many cats taking selfies, and I wanted to try, too. I put the camera on the edge of a table and went under on the floor. That was a good idea, but the selfies, hmmm????
Snoops and Kommando Kitty here. Welcome to Cat Forum. We have a very special guest this month: Kosmo, who comes all the way from Finland. We didn’t know where Finland is, so we had to look it up. It is a LONG way from Michigan. And he speaks really good American cat (which is a […]
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