Our year started with a huge snowstorm. More than 100 000 households were without electricity for hours.
The winter solstice occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. To us this day means our days are getting longer and the sun will show her face.
Our days are now really short, the sun rises at 9. 30 a.m and sets at 3.09 p.m. We haven´t had daylight at all, because the days have been cloudy and rainy. As you see in the photo here is no snow.
On Sunday, the 14th day of October, the temperature was 21°C / 69.8°F. It was the warmest day ever in October. The sun was shining, we were sitting in the garden and a young squirrel was watching us. It was so cute, as they always are.
The city of Ikaalinen is among the most beautiful cities in Finland. It is surrounded by the lake Kyrösjärvi in three sides. One specialty is an old linden alley by the lake. I tried to find out how old those trees are, but didn´t find any information of them.
We moved to this property On July 2010, and we had a beautiful spruce in our yard.
Then a storm, year 2015, cut off the treetop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the summer, soon everything is covered with snow, says Kosmo, and wishes happy days to everybody !
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pesäpallo was a demonstration sport at the 1952 Summer Olympics, held in Helsinki, Finland.
Pesäpallo/ Baseball text Wikipedia.
This was a surprise, because they don´t show themselves normally.
More information Raccoon dog.
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.