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!

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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After so many weeks … the sun!

Oh what a beautiful sight this morning. I saw blue sky! What an amazing sight, which I haven’t seen for weeks. It was few grades below 0 Celsius, the ground was frozen and the clouds were missing.

Well, on a day like this, you have no other choice then to get out of the house, as fast as you can. Directly after duhr (midday-prayer) we got in the car and drove to a beautiful place called Riihivuori. Here a short collection of pictures on this great late november day in middle Finland.

The view from up there was just fantastic, and it was the only right thing to do. With the sunlight-cache now filled up, we are prepared for the next grey days. We even found a woodpecker in the forest, hacking a tree.

I love those moments in the nature…

Foggy autumn days

Autumn days get really foggy sometimes here. One day the fog was so tight, it did not go away until the sun was far over the zenith.

These are few pictures from the last weeks foggy days.

I loved most the moment in the foggy wood. It was so quiet and peaceful, no birds singing, nothing making noise. Everytime I walk in the woods I say to myself, I have to get in here far more often. But then, in the daily grind, it is forgotten. Maybe I should print one of those pictures on canvas to remind me.

Short glimpses of the forests of north-karelia

It was a really sunny and hot day, about 30°. The forest was quiet, only few birds sung about that day.

First we arrived at a awesome place full of blueberriesblueberry

They were so tasty, I could not get enough of them. We tried to collect some for home to make a pie, but it was impossible. We had to eat them all 🙂

The forest had amazing feeling, smell and look to it. In english they are called “dry peaty forest” (said the dictionary), in finnish simply “kangasmetsä”

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There were these strange spots of white “lichen” (if my dictionary got right) everywhere, like white clouds on the ground.

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We saw huge dragonflies, flying around like helicopters…

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We climbed up to a mountain, called “rukkovaara”, and there was a beautiful view from the top…

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We did even find a geocaching hideout, the kids were excited about. It was a beautiful trip, some of those memories you do not forget easily.

A short glance

… 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…

There is always light

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater thar sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

On Joy and Sorrow
 Kahlil Gibran

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This post, and my thoughts, are with all human beings suffering from a depression.

I can only try, but never imagine, how hard it must be, when even the simplest things become difficult, that it hurts to get out of bed.

How hard it must be, that love ones around do not recognize it as a dangerous illness and keep telling to just do it and stop whining…

But I know one thing. It does not matter how hard it is, how dark everything is, there is always light. You may not see it yet, but it is there, for the change of dark and light is the way the world goes. Without sorrow there is no joy, without pain no happiness, and without dark no light…

Always…