A strong heat wave, called Lucifer, attacked Europe last week and Lucifer´s tail hit for us two warm and sunny days, Thursday and Friday. After that a thunderstorm Klaara visited us on Saturday and Sunday.
A sad story with almost a happy end.
After loading photos of geese and ducks I noticed interesting reflections in the water. These birds were inside of a glass house.
The snow leopard or ounce (Panthera uncia syn. Uncia uncia) is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. It is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species because, as of 2003, the size of the global wild population was estimated at 4,080–6,590 adults. Fewer than 2,500 individuals may be reproducing in the wild. As of 2016, estimates for the size of the global population vary from at least 4,080 to about 8,700 individuals. ( Wikipedia)
Some information, Ähtäri Zoo website: “Ähtäri Zoo was established in 1973 and nowadays houses 65 animal species of Scandinavian forest zone. The zoo is spread in 60 hectares, in a very nice wide natural environment, surrounded by different terrains and vegetation. There is a 3 km and a 1.5 km walking routes and approximately 300 animals. It is open every day throughout the year. The most popular animals are our bears, endangered snow leopards and new animals takinies from Himalaya, endangered as well.”
There is two bear cubs, 1,5 years old and they are playing, like children do.
Today, instead of normal rain, we had a thunderstorm.
Hmmmm, I mean I´m sleeping in the rain.
It is coldest summer in twenty years. The sky is like a gray blanket above houses. The nature seems to like it, lots of water and sometimes a warm day. Everything is so green and all the flowers blossom.
We have many magpies living in your garden. This one, born in spring, is very talkative. It sits on a top of a tree and imitates our speech.
We have seen the sun today!
Yes, the temperature at nights has been now under 0°C/ 32°F twice. This is very strange, like the whole spring. Last winter we had not much snow, the spring was cold and rainy and two weeks late. Some birds just visited us and turned back to warmer areas. Thirty years ago we have had as cold June as now. In the daytime in July is has been about 20°C/ 68°F.
Many flowers and trees didn´t blossom at all, but this lily, in Finnish the name is shadow lily, Lilium Martagon, is in full glamour.
How much you pay for your gasoline? Here is our prices in euros for a litre. One gallon is 3,785 litres, one litre is 0,264 US gallons.
And thank you for answering with a Midsummer rose, who decided to blossom now.
After a rainy and cold days, the temperature is now +25°C/ 77°F. These warm winds made our lilac tree blossom, I have never seen it so full of flowers as now. I am sorry I can´t have the odour in the photos. Our garden is like a perfumery.
Happy people were having a party last weekend.
We made yesterday our traditional Midsummer Night drive to see the sunset and the sunrise on the west coast.
We started at seven o´clock in the evening. At first we needed gasoline for the car.
The sky was full of heavy clouds, but we wished the wind will blow them away while driving to the west coast. The temperature was only +13°C/ 55°F.
We continued our trip to Kiili, in the town of Kristiinankaupunki, a very famous place to watch the sunset at Midsummer night. We were there about eleven o`clock.
It is midnight.
After seeing the sunset we started the trip back home.
It is a live camera in the fjell Saana in northern Lapland. If it is not working, let me know.
Yötön yö is nightless night in Finnish. The sun is above the horizon till the end of July.
These photos are taken yesterday In Panelia, a village in southwest Finland. A camera does not tell the truth how huge these fields are. Long, long ago this whole area has been under a sea.
This blog has been very quiet almost two weeks. We had some real summer days, then it started to rain. It was good, because it was such a long dry season we had to water our trees and plants, but to take beautiful photos of rain was difficult.
I had also problems to transfer photos from the camera to the computer, I didn´t find any reason why, and today everything worked quite easily.
What was the first surprise? It was and is a cat. We saw in winter a grey cat in our yard when it was more than -20°C/ -4°F cold. We tried to take it inside, but it was very fearful and ran away. We didn´t see it again and we thought that it didn´t survive. When the few summer days came, so came this cat back. It was a tiny cat, just skin and bones. After feeding it stayed in our yard. So we continued to feed her, no more “it” and one day my husband carried her to our sauna, as a quarantine place. She just slept and ate for two weeks and then she started to explore the house.
Kosmo knew that we have a cat in sauna, the girl was spitting and growling there. Then they were allowed to see each others shortly. Kosmo was at first very angry, and I think, jealous, too. Day by day they got more common time, it was hissing and fighting at the beginning, but every day was better, and yesterday I saw Kosmo licking her head.
When we took that girl to our sauna, we decided to let her eat and sleep some days and then we will take her to a shelter. The end of a story: she is still here and her name Pippi, after the wisest cat we have ever had.
The second almost surprise was a postcard from Benji and Ms. Zulu in Florida. This photo of the card is not very sharp, but you see there our two doggie friends. Here is a link to their blog, which is full of adventures https://lifeofbenji.com
Our cherry trees managed to blossom in spite of a very cold spring. These flowers are like small work of arts, made of silk and amazingly beautiful embroidery.
Light green birches mean here so much. Dark and cold winter is behind. Warm days and white nights are here.
The cherryplum trees “Podarok of St. Petersburg” are in to blossom. In two sunny days the trees are suddenly full of small white flowers, every branch is fully covered with these flowers. At the end of August these trees have small, yellow and very sweet plums.
We planted these trees inthe spring 2012, they were about 1,20 m/ 3,5 ft high.
What a day we had, the first warm day! The sun and warm wind made a miracle under our old oak. In the afternoon it was all yellow. Yellow wood anemones had opened their buttons, and small Gagea lutea, I cound´t find an English name for it, we call it käenrieska, a cuckoo´s bread, I don´t know the reason. Just a guess, cuckoos are cuckooing at the same time these flowers are in blossom.
I have in my camera 50X optical zoom, and I took the last photo of a bird high up on the top of a spruce.
Our spring is late about three four weeks. Here is some photos taken 18.5.2016. At the same day this year, today, we have nothing, our trees and plants are just trying to awake. The temperature is warmer, today + 10°C/ 50°F. Now it should be almost summer temperatures, not like an early spring. Do we have summer this year at all?
The years 1866-1868 were terrible years here, lakes were frozen at midsummer. Then it was a warmer period and people could seed grain and potatoes. But the first snow came in August and destroyed everything. The next summer was cold and rainy. The famine was here, people had nothing to eat. They left their homes, started to walk from house to house begging. Roads were bordered with starved bodies. They were buried to graveyards together, nobody knew who they were. About 8% of the whole population died to hunger and diseases. Some villages were empty, no one survived.
If you are interested to read of these famine years in English, click the link.
Some of our followers have asked about our sauna, what is it like and what happens in our sauna. I found this great article, in English, written by Pirkko Valtakari, former executive secretary of the Finnish Sauna Society.
Here is the link http://www.sauna.fi/in-english/finnish-sauna-culture/
And if you “google” a word sauna, you will find pictures of our saunas, a cottage by a lake, a small sauna in an apartment and everything between these.
Please read it, if you have not been in a finnish sauna.
Inside this pile of leaves is a two room house. It is made so that water, rain or melting snow, can´t wet a sleeping hedgehog. The leaves keep the house safe and a little bit warmer. The house is in a quiet corner of our yard. The hedgehog, we have seen only one this spring, has made two doors. That white spot is a water bowl and in the evenings we give him/ her cat food.
Every autumn in newspapers is articles how to make a house for a hedgehog. Every year we have them less, traffic is the most dangerous enemy. These winters without snow and often changing temperatures also kill them, if they have shelter only of leaves or hay. They get wet and freeze, when the weather is cold again.
PS. It is snowing now.
We had three hedgehogs living in your yard during the summer 2013.
This Monday morning, 8.5.2017.
Last year, the same day 8.5.2016. Apple trees had buttons.
Prepairing for the winter, making firewood.
This winter is not giving up easily, snowing started yesterday in the evening and it is still snowing. I don´t know what happens to our flowers and trees. Our hedgehog was searching for food again last night in heavy snow. We feeded it and then followed it to see where it is going. Under the oak it lost the way home and my husband carried it to it´s home. He said that it was the first time in his life he was carrying a hedgehog.
The weather is still cold, but this morning the sun was shining and under our old oak, was this beautiful surprise.
It has been snowing and raining for days, the temperature is below 0°C, 32°F at nights. Yesterday evening we saw a hedgehog walking in the snow and we gave it cat food. This hedgehodg has slept the wintertime in it´s house in our yard. Today snow melted away in the afternoon, but this night will be cold again. Our spring is soon one month late.
Today by the lake Kyrösjärvi.