A tar kiln, a muffin, flowers… miscellaneous yesterday and today

It all starts with a couple of pics of peony flowers. 🙂 (Peonies earlier here and here.)

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peony

tar kiln

Yesterday evening and a summer tradition in the village of Sydänmaa in the municipality of Säkylä, here in Satakunta region: a tar kiln – the real making of tar in a traditional method. The tradition of making tar has its roots in the 1600s in Säkylä. This annual four day (& night) event has been created by skillful local volunteers for 20 years. Yesterday the tar kiln was set on fire, I took these pics right after the blaze started.

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Such a nice event and nice memories again! And the fire from the big tar kiln is so hot, I already started sweating as I was taking these pics. 😀

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And from the tar kiln we came back home to make some muffins. These are made of gluten free flour; a mix of buckwheat, potato flakes, ground linseed and psyllium. And dark chocolate and banana. We have made different kinds of good gluten free muffins before, this was again something different. 🙂

phacelia

And again flowers in our garden. This is some sort of phacelia, I don’t know how to say it better in English. In Finnish this is called kellohunajakukka. Lovely flowers and so charming the colour blue! Fairy-tale like. The seeds of these flowers were, by the way, planted by a man. 🙂

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maiden pink

Maiden pink. I planted the seeds. 🙂 It’s said that this is one of the most red wild flowers in Finland, if not the reddest. Actually it looks very striking with the colour partly being screaming neon red. Maybe I try to take more pics of this, too, later… This flower can be planted or wild in Finland, but it is, unfortunately, near threatened in the wild.

Pyhäjärvi

And today we stopped by the lake Pyhäjärvi

-Leena

More irises & peonies

Now a pic overflow with my favourite perennials. Yesterday I still took some rainy day pics, pics of irises, too. My first blog post about iris flowers here.

iris

iris

iris

A rainy day can be an inspirational and a lovely day to take pics!

iris

iris

peony

And today peonies again… peonies on a sunny day. My first post about peony flowers here (the rainy yesterday it was).

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peony

peony

peony

peony

peony

peony

One way to enjoy the scent is to take pics of the flowers… 😉

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peony

Those luxuriants… 🙂

-Leena

A bounty of peonies on a rainy day

Today is a warm and rainy day. It’s really nice to have some rain, because it’s been so dry for the garden for so many days now. And we don’t have to use tap water now, have to be grateful.

So, today, finally some big peony flowers, too, in Owlnature. 🙂

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peony

Great delights in the garden, the peonies… Lush…

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Still some buds, too.

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peony

Such a lovely scent… 🙂

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peony

Peony is one of the most charming flowers in a cottage garden or in a traditional garden… like in our garden.

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peony

Come out, come out…

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More pics of peony flowers later, hopefully. My favourite perennial! That’s why I had the inspiration to have a go now on a rainy day, too. 🙂

-Leena