Coltfoot and ice.

Today, at Good Friday, was a very cold day, only 0° C, 32° F. The sun was shining for a while. We were driving around to see some hints of disappeared spring. Our lake was sleeping under ice. Coltfoot was in bloom by a stone warmed by the sun. Two so different photos. Coltfoot is in Finnish leskenlehti, a leaf of a widow, maybe because it is alone in bloom so early in spring.

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Jäinen järvi

Vi-Purrs by Jeanne Foguth. Book Review.

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Vi-Purrs by Jeanne Foguth, the Sea-Purrtector Files Book 3

Close your eyes , feel warm winds of Haiti on your skin. Suddenly you see a car,  a grey king cab, driving slowly. Behind the wheel is a man, a very hairy man, in the car sits two adult cats, one kitten, a rat and a chameleon.

Xander the Purrtector is, of course, there,  the other adult is Sharkey. Do you remember her from the Red Claw? She has already finished her education and is a Purrtector herself, too. The kitten is Mischief, the stubborn apprentice of  Xander. The chameleon is helpful Mars. The driver, Rufus, and the rat Scar are from the terrible laboratory of a mad doctor Moreau, who made weird creatures by mixing different DNAs.

Xander, “James Bond” of Catamondo,  is again in Haiti to find out that the explosion in the lab really destroyed everything, because they have  heard news that something weird is still happening. The Purrtector of the Dominican Republic has disappeared and somebody has an evil idea how to destroy  the whole Catamondo. This mission is not the easiest, suddenly the furious hurricane hits the island and at the same time dangerous bird flu spreads rapidly.

Jeanne Foguth is obviously an expert of feline behavior and she compounds in a very lovely way our habits with cats every day life.

The book, as the Red Claw and Purr-a-Noia, has the same two levels, telling how it is possible to live all together, in peace. Just think the group in the car, they could eat each others, but no, they have a mission and they will succeed in it together.

I highly recommend this book to everybody , it is a book of very special cats, but also an adventure book full of information of Haiti, its flora  and fauna, and a book of friendship.

Kristiina Rantasalo

Book Review: Purr-a-noia by Jeanne Foguth.

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Xander the Hunter, one of Catamondo´s Purrtectors, receives a message from Haiti. Purrsey Lourdes, Purrtector of Haiti, tells that her country is in revolt. She needs help and advice how to keep peace on her jurisdiction.

Xander reads her message for the tenth time, and recollects how beautiful eyes she has. So who can say no, and Xander sails with Whispurring Winds to Haiti.

There starts an adventure, dangerous and twisted. Following Xander`s paw prints a reader gets to know Haiti, is`s history, religion, people and it`s animal kingdom and Xander finds out there is now really something wrong, as Purrsay said.

Xander gets new friends and enemies.He learns to know what is wrong and where.  Who is that lovely little girl using a pink flower as a rain hat, why Xander is having a talkative scarf?

Reading this book like an adventure book, I had a feeling I am adventuring with Xander ” James Bond” Hunter. These two heroes have an ability to make sudden and  right decisions and also react immediately. They know  High-Tech equipments and they really use them. They both remember beautiful eyes, too.

This book has, like Red Claw, many levels, it is an adventure book with a social meaning. This book shows how important is education, health care to every one, cats, dogs, humans. It is also  a book against racism. Jeanne Foguth has a talent to tell all these issues in her own way. The riots started in this book when kittens and puppies were planned to have only one school.

If you want to know about the end of this book, I tell you it is really a happy end.

 

 

 

 

Skiing.

In Finland every municipality has places for skiing, big centers or smaller ones.In small places are only ski tracks and maybe a hut with a possibility to make fire like this one we visited today in Vatula, in a town of Ikaalinen.

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A hut.
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Do you see those small windows?
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Guide signs. Reitti and ura means route, kota is a hut, laavu is a wicket.
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Traffic signs. Dogs have their own park near ski tracks.

 

 

Thousands of Bridges.

Finland is a country of thousands of lakes, islands and rivers. So we have always needed bridges, thousand of bridges.

Here is some of them, old and new ones.

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The old bridge of Inkula.
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A new bridge in Inkula.
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An old bridge in Soikka.
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A bridge in Laitila in winter.
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A bridge in Laitila at summer.
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A new and old bridge in Panelia.
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A bridge in Mansoniemi.
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A bridge in Puumala.

Kesäkuu. June. Июнь 2016.

We have now a winterstorm with heavy rain. So it is an excellent time to look back to the days and light nights of last summer. All these photos are taken in the evening or at night.

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Midsummer night by the Gulf of Bothnia, Kasala, near the town of Kristiinankaupunki.
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Laitilansalmi, the strait of Laitila, Hämeenkyrö municipality.
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Water lilies, Karvianjoki, the river of Karvia, Kurikka.
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A field full of hare´s-tail cottongrass, Kurikka.

Sleet and flowers.

The world here is totally grey, rain, sleet, snow. I was looking photos in the computer, some many photos, waiting something to happen, so here is flowers for this grey Tuesday.

What do you do with thousands of photos in your computer, just keep them there or do you have cleaning days to destroy some of them?

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suopayrtti

hortensia-ja-lintu

 

 

My Christmas Tree.

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My name is Kosmo and I live in faraway Finland. I got my own Christmas tree in the beginning of December. Dad went to our forest and when he came back, he had this tree for me. He put it outside the kichen window, because I am laying around and watching the garden on a windowsill. So I have been able to see it all the time. Oh, I forgot, it has candles, too. This photo is taken on Tuesday after snowing, it still looks very pretty.

 

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