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Beloved ramadan memories

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The most beloved moments in Ramadan,

the quiet peace of the night hours,

my heart, left on the prayer mat

my soul, full of joy

quiet dark moments

The rising of a beautiful moon,

marking the end of these beloved days…

almost over

The sky after fajr,

bursting in the most amazing colours,

full of peace and remembrance

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What are your most beloved ramadan moments? Share them on the comments, I’d love to hear…

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Sunset … again

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Another shot from our trip, a fountain on the lake, and well, the sunset.

People are complaining that sunsets are a cliché, something overdone, thousand times seen.

For me, every moment alive is a blessing from Allah, and none of these moments are in vain, so is every sunset a new end for a lived day, which will never be lived again. And every end for a day means inshaa Allah, after the dark, a new dawn, a new day full of endless possibilities.

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The longest day of the year

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Alhamdulillah, today was really a beautiful day, not really warm but so quiet. Most of the finns are out of town today, so I enjoyed the silence.

Yesterday, the night before midsommer, most people lit a huge bonfire to celebrate midsommer, we had no bonfire, but the skies had their bonfire of their own. A huge rainbow to east …

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and the most beautiful colour to the north.

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coltsfoot

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What a strange name for such a nice flower! It is a sure sign of spring.

What a wonderful time of year this is, the birds are full of music, the sun kiss your cheecks, the blue sky amazes with it deepness, the little clouds sail forth. The trees bud, awaiting to burst into a green symphony.

Here a little coltsfoot, picture taken last week. The scientific name is Tussilago farfara, and it was used as a cough medicine in the past. Really interesting, how many wonders on this earth we pass by everyday, our thoughts at our jobs, on facebook, what to cook today, how to pay the next bill… And as conclusion we miss the daily little wonders…

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About facebook and all the social media, there is this really thought-provoking video, have you seen it yet?

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A short glance

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… on our long awaited “spring-process”.

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Most of the lake is still frozen (some pictures will follow inshaa Allah, last week I had a really interesting encounter with a bike on melting ice) but this little river kept itself ready for the birds. There are two ducks somewhere in the grass, but they are too good hidden in this picture.

The bridge on the background has the text “tell us your story” written on it. Not really deep…

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Signs of spring

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It has been a really strange winter. First, we got early snow, which melted all away after couple of weeks. Then the snow came back in january, which is really late, all the dark times were hard to manage.

Then the snow melted too early in february, we had really spring feeling in early march already. Well, last week there was snow again, but yesterday it rained for the first time! Today morning was really beautiful, the sun is shining and it smelled so good outside.

The lakes are still frozen, but all the snow above had melted away, I could see people skating on the lake, must have been fun :)

buoy on a frozen lake

buoy on a frozen lake

The snow has gone, but the lake is still icy

Frozen lake but no snow

Frozen lake but no snow

On a summer day you can see inside the ice. We went to the harbour, the kids had fun in fishing little ice floats.

A sunny harbour in spring

A sunny harbour in spring

And we catched a good one:

Crystal clear ice float

Crystal clear ice float

But the sun is warming now, and the ice will melt really fast. A couple of days later the lake’s ice is covered with water already

A melting lake in the sunset

A melting lake in the sunset

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