February Twilight.

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After the sunset.
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Gettind dark, amazing blue is turning gray.
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More snow than in ten years.
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Saturday January 19, shopping.

At noon was -!5°C/ 5°F when I noticed we have to go to buy groceries. So I made a list what we need.

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Cat food, bird seeds, something for us.

Then clothes, it is COLD.

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I am ready.

It was cloudy, not much light and the photos are taken mostly in the car with a phone.

The first stop was on our village, for oat seeds for birds. They had no seeds and they had thrown their Christmas tree out.

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It looks sad.
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At 13.50 o´clock driving to the nearest town, 14 km or 8,6 miles.

The second stop is for cat food. We are now in a town called Ikaalinen.

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Our malls are small, and like always in our photos, no human beings.
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My hubby looking for treats for Kosmo the Great, 17,63 pounds, 8 kilos.

The third stop is for birds and for us.

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As I told, no human beings or anything else moving. Birds seeds and rye bread, butter, sauerkraut, potatoes, cookies, and smoked fish.

The fourth stop is very well-known almost around the world.

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More than one car here. We bought salad dressing, apples, carrots, yoghurt, coffee, frozen fish ,ice cream, more fish, cream, cheese, cream crackers, crisp bread, chocolate, candies, spaghetti, tofu, sugar, feta cheese, red onions, cabbage, peanuts, tuna in tomato sauce…

Now we are ready to drive home. It is getting dark. In wintertime here is a blue moment before dark. It is now about 16.00 o´clock.

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Our village and the blue moment.
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Christmas is still here.

At home.

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Hubby carrying all the bags in, seeds and peanuts for birds 15 kilos, 33 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our home spruce, a sad story.

We moved to this property On July 2010, and we had a beautiful spruce in our yard.

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Year 2010.

Then a storm, year 2015, cut off the treetop.

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The spruce without the treetop, now on the ground.
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The spruce died and it is time to cut it down.
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Making plans.
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Cutting of the branches.
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Here he is, my husband.
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The plan was to cut the top of at first, the whole trunk woud have destroyed the berry bushes. The rope was needed to quide the top to the right direction, I was on the other end of the rope.
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Sawing the top off.
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This is a falling direction, hopefully.
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The top is down, and in the right direction.
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Then the trunk.
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The trunk falling.
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This is what is now left of our majestetic spruce.

 

Panda life in Finland, in Ähtäri Zoo.

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Lumi, a happy panda.

We visited Ähtäri the Snowpandahouse 16.8.2018. Here is the story of these two pandas with cute photos.

During the visit by Chinese President Xi Jingping to Finland last April, China and Finland signed an agreement on joint research on giant pandas. According to the document, a pair of pandas was sent to Finland in January 2018 and live in Ahtari zoo for 15 years. They are a gift from China to mark our nation’s 100 years of independence.

The Snowpanda House of Ähtäri Zoo is an impressive complex. Upon examining the complex in November 2017, the top experts of China’s State Forestry Administration’s panda centre stated that the building and the outside enclosures are the best outside of China. The Snowpanda House includes a viewing space where the public can see the pandas spending time in their outdoor, in wintertimeolaying in the snow,  and indoor enclosures.

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The pandahouse has a huge view window wall to a pine forest and a play ground with a waterfall and versatile tools for climbing and playing.
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Pyry, Hua Bao, taking a nap after eating bambu.
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Lumi, Jin Baobao, is awakening.

The two are a four-year-old male panda, named Hua Bao, and a three-year-old female, named Jin Baobao.  Their new, Finnish names are Pyry, “Snowfall”, for the male, and Lumi  “Snow” for the female.

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Lumi going out after a smell of a carrot.
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Oh yes, a carrot!
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Tasty?
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Oh yes, so tasty!
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Lumi walked in, and there was a surprise, a carrot again!
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Lumi tasting a carrot she found.
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She is an entertainer.
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She loves carrots!
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Pyry has been sleeping all  the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.