The rare days of summer

This summer has been really strange. Mostly rainy. Ok, I think this is not so strange at the end, for a finnish summer. But the water is still too cold for swimming. I hope it does not stay that way.

Here a little collection of photos from a forest nearby. It is a nature conservation area and very beautiful. We found a pond full of tadpoles last week. The kids are looking forward to go check them again if they have grown…

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This last picture is from another forest, I love how the plants make it look really dreamlike. But I do not know their name. If you know how they are called, please leave a comment, thanks!

Reflections on midsummer

I love the days around the summer solstice. Mostly because it is so quiet. Most finns are away in their cottages and the city is empty.
The celebrations around midsummer are an important tradition for the finnish people. Originally is is an pre-Christian tradition. The only negative are the drunken people coming home after midnight, yelling at the streets.

“The celebration of Midsummer’s Eve (St. John’s Eve among Christians) was from ancient times a festival of the summer solstice. Bonfires were lit to protect against evil spirits which were believed to roam freely when the sun was turning southward again. In later years, witches were also thought to be on their way to meetings with other powerful beings.”
(Quote from wikipedia)

Although we do not celebrate midsummer, the days are always a change to take a step back and relax.

This morning I was amazed around fajr. The lake was all foggy and the other side was not visible at all.

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The fog was coming from the lake. So quiet and peaceful, the air smelled so fresh.

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About half an hour later the fog was everywhere.

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Another moment to treasure…

Summer flowers

A little collection of summer flowers…
They remind me, that this life does not last forever.
It is a glimpse in the universe, a breath, a blink of an eye.
It will perish, like these flowers.
Few days in the summer they bloom and give us joy, only to wither away and die.
So now is the moment to enjoy and to live to the fullest. Do not weep over yesterday, do not worry about tomorrow, for those do not exist.

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Sunflower

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It’s the little things…

…that make me happy. A moment with your family, a cup of delicious tea, a smile from your child…

Today was an awesome day. We went on a little mountain with a gorgeus view between the trees…

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Made a little campfire

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(The wood was bit too wet for a proper campfire, but we got our food warm :) )

And saw just beautiful nature

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I am not sure if it is officially summer yet but it felt like summer, so this is officially the first summer post!

And what could make one more happy than a beautiful day with the family!

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I met a friendly couple…

… last friday. Fridays are always special to me, but this one was great. I met two very busy, but also very friendly swans. They were so busy eating at the shore that they did not mind at all, me getting very near. Very slowly I approached them and one just glanced once at me and went on eating. It was an amazing moment, what huge and beautiful birds they are! Here 2 of the snapshots which were not too bad…

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I feel so blessed to live in a country in peace and have eyes to see, ears to hear and a wonderful family around me…