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July, a new heat record.

Last July was the hottest one since the year 1941. The average temperature was 19,6°C/ 67,28°F. The temperature was over 25°C/ 77°F during 27 days. You might think this is not much, but remember  the Arctic Circle crosses Finland. We are located between the same latitudes as Alaska.

The rainfall was remarkable lower than normally. In this area it was raining twice.

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Roadworks every summer.
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Working hard.
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Rain.
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Problems with freezers in a shop. Water ran down inside the doors. Looked really bad.
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Miss July.

Long, hot summer. Pitkä, kuuma kesä.

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Our country has very beautiful places by rivers and lakes.

An extraordinary hot weather started at the beginning of May and still continues. At daytime the temperature reaches up to 30°C/ 86°F, nights are too warm for sleeping 20°/68°F, we dont´t have air condition in our houses. A normal summer is about 20°C/68°F-24°C/ 75°F. The biggest problem is drought, we have had only about five rainy days during this hot season. Trees, plants and wild animals are suffering from the lack of water. They are wandering to find a river or a lake.

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Yesterday in wilderness.
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A typical scenery in Finland. The very high humidity is seen in the photo.

Enjoy the summer, soon everything is covered with snow, says Kosmo, and wishes happy days to everybody !

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And now something you have never seen. A city of Rovaniemi is located at the Arctic Circle. This phto is taken by Eerika Saravuoma and it tells how hot the weather is.

Porot ovat viihtyneet tänä kesänä Rovaniemen keskustan tuntumassa rannalla, vaikka siellä olisi uimareitakin.
Reindeers at the beach drinking and cooling themselves.

Pesäpallo, the national sport of Finland.

 

These photos are taken in Ikaalinen, a town among the most beautiful tows in Finland. The pesäpallo game was between the home team Ikaalisten Tarmo and the guest team Kannuksen Ura.

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In a town of Ikaalinen.
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The home team Ikaalisten Tarmo.
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The guest team Kannuksen Ura.

Pesäpallo (Finnish pronunciation: [pesæpɑlːo]; Swedish: boboll, both names literally meaning “nest ball”, also referred to as “Finnish baseball”) is a fast-moving bat-and-ball sport that is often referred to as the national sport of Finland and has some presence in other countries including Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, and Canada’s northern Ontario (the latter two countries have significant Nordic populations). The game is similar to brännboll, rounders, and lapta, as well as baseball.

Pesäpallo is a combination of traditional ball-batting team games and North American baseball. Pesäpallo was invented by Lauri “Tahko” Pihkala in the 1920s. Pesäpallo has changed with the times and grown in popularity.

The basic idea of pesäpallo is similar to that of baseball: the offense tries to score by hitting the ball successfully and running through the bases, while the defense tries to put the batter and runners out. One of the most important difference between pesäpallo and baseball is that the ball is pitched vertically, which makes hitting the ball, as well as controlling the power and direction of the hit, much easier. This gives the offensive game more variety, speed, and tactical aspects compared to baseball. The fielding team is forced to counter the batter’s choices with defensive schemes and anticipation; Pesäpallo becomes a mental exercise.

 

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Hitting the ball.
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Jumping.
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Running.

The manager has an important role in pesäpallo, leading the offense by giving signals to the players using a multicoloured red fan. The defensive team play is directed by the manager’s orders and hand signals by the fielders.

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The manager giving orders.
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  A multicoloured fan.
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A nest judge.
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A judge working.
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Playing.
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The game is over.

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Pesäpallo was a demonstration sport at the 1952 Summer Olympics, held in Helsinki, Finland.

Pesäpallo/ Baseball text Wikipedia.

 

The raccoon dog in our yard. Енотовидная собака.

This was a surprise, because they don´t show themselves normally.

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I was watching out of our kitchen window at midnight and I saw this. For a second I thought it is a huge cat, then I recognized it. Supikoira, a raccoon dog.
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We put cat food out late in the evening for our hedgehogs, and he/she is after that food.
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“Where is that food I smelled?1

More information Raccoon dog.

The warmest May ever!

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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.

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Flowers on an apple tree.
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A Wood Anemome.
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Fire wood for the winter done.
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Our young Horse-Chestnut has two flowers.
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I got a great tan.

The Mystery Continues. Who is Baba Yaga? Кто Бáба-Ягá?

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!

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https://www.historicmysteries.com/baba-yaga/

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.

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The Russian Baba witch riding on her mortar, carrying her broom in one hand and a child in the other. Victor Vasentsov

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.

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Baba Yaga’s hut standing on its chicken legs, 1900. Ivan Bilibin.

So, have you ever seen her?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter is back.

After yesterday´s snowstorm all the signs of Spring have disappeared and we live in a totally white world.

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We drive in snow canyons.
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A path to our house.
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The sun is melting snow little by little.
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The backyard.
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Snow everywhere.