It is a sign of spring! – We heard the blackbird sing for the first time this year here on Monday evening this week. It sounded like magic. 🙂
Swans, too, have been loud, by the lake, lately. We usually hear them in the evening and/or at night. Yesterday for example they were quiet in the evening, but at around 2 am then, they were very loud again.
The first five pics on Thursday:
Morning! It had been snowing / sleeting just a bit again…
That did not last long, it was +5 degrees Celsius again in the afternoon:
The little oak tree still has some of its leaves.
Yesterday, on Friday:
No snow good morning!
But it was windy again in the daytime.
Garden campfire in the evening. We have had campfires in the garden lately as we have been building the garden shed…
And late in the evening it suddenly started to snow when I was standing by the fire. It was Real cold winter snow, and for a while it came down like here in the pic above.
It´s still -1 degrees Celsius, and it´s (enough) windy again as well.
The shed. Plank by plank… We have been building this garden shed, now there´s the roof and the walls. This has been a lot of work and fun. 🙂
I´m not gonna talk about that white stuff (snow) now.
It was wonderfully sunny on Thursday and yesterday…
In our garden yesterday:
In the greenhouse:
This was flowering black-eyed Susanvine last summer.
Ivy plants green in the greenhouse!
And pics today:
By the way, this mug and that mug in the beginning of this blog post, and a cup or two more… I found them all on Thursday in two different second hand shops, again, on the spots where they give their remaining stuff for free, and the mugs are like new. Always funny… 🙂
Outside it was sleeting into my coffee mug…
Birds were chirping loudly…
`A lot on the plate´again… Well, don´t we all have. About just reading… I have been reading some Japanese which is interesting and I have also been reading some professional literature in order to ´get my level up´ and by that I mean that I´m of course (?) on the lowest level, so to speak, so there´s only one way to go from here and therefore I ought to be quite excited about things, I guess… :p
And now it´s raining… “Okay, bye!”
And sleeting again a bit later… It´s been sleeting many different times today.
No permanent snow cover here in the southernmost part of Finland this winter – I guess it´s safe to say this now, at this point in time. Umm… so we already had ´the seventh snow´, ´the eighth snow´and ´the ninth snow´for this season here where I´m living. (At least these we´ve had, I may have forgotten ´one more snow´, but I can´t even count these anymore.) So a bit snow for a few days, a few centimetres of snow for two or three days, and so on… As it has been this winter. And then, again, fricking warm weather, temperatures above zero degrees Celsius, Rain… I am so fed up with this. And hey yes, it started to snow on Wednesday this week and now we have `the tenth snow´for this winter. A few centimetres of snow we Had. – It lasted until today, it´s Sunday today, and the snow is already melting.
The amount of snow in centimetres in Finland yesterday. Oh, the northern part of the country and Lapland…
The next four pics I took here in our home village on Friday evening when we were coming back from grocery store 🙂 :
By the lake Pyhäjärvi. Lit by our car, hmm… Some ice… an ice cover and snow on the lake for that time…
On the same spot, looking up… The moon was bright again!
Travelling in the woods… A bumpy road.
Ended up in an ice rink…
Yesterday, my morning coffee, snowman in the middle of the oak trees…
This was a week ago. We have not seen this before! The leaf buds have already begun to open in the bush, in late January!
And our small common hazel shrub has already begun to open its leaf buds….. This Picture I took yesterday.
Oh yes… This was on Wednesday late in the evening. This was my third time on skis this winter. Well, it took me a while, but I finally learned :-p that, this winter, whenever there´s enough snow, I gotta go cross-country skiing, immediately, in our yard. Just go!
Whoa! A eucalyptus sauna whisk, we had this for the first time last week. Usually we have Finnish birch sauna whisks, but now we wanted to try this eucalyptus (from Ukraine) whisk, because we found it for half the price in a local grocery store. And we loved it! The whisk was thick, the leaves were wonderfully long and they didn´t fall off. It was very good to hit yourself with it. And the scent when you split the leaves a bit and crush them in your hands is lovely. A nice and a rather exotic experience. 🙂
In these pictures… I believe this was our ´seventh´snow, in January this was. Well, this winter it does not matter what day it was or is now…
The last three pics I took today:
I started watching cross-country skiing again… Either watching cross-country skiing or dreaming of doing it…? :p
A broken record here. Umm… so we already had some snow again. It was ´the sixth snow´for this season here where I´m living – a few centimetres of snow for one day, just for one day. And then the snow melted. So no snow now, again…
The next three pictures I took yesterday:
Well, this was kinda white in colour here yesterday morning. Frost all over, and the sun was shining, too. This mug is my new mug that I found on Friday, in a second hand shop, on the spot where they give their remaining stuff for free there. This mug is like new and just what I need this winter.
So the temperature went up again during the daytime yesterday, and in the evening it started to sleet a lot. Hmm…
And it was Raining at night.
This was on Friday, the first full moon of 2020:
And with a penumbral lunar eclipse it came. I took this pic a bit after 9 pm when the eclipse was on. Of course I knew I would not be able to ´catch the eclipse with my camera´, but I wanted to take pics of the full moon because the sky was all clear and the moon was so bright. And we saw the eclipse clearly. It was just nice. 🙂
And this was at around 0.30 am, I was still ´mooning´out there… I was awed by the brightness of the moon and by the landscape that the moonlight created there in the dark. And I was even able to catch three stars with my camera. 😀
On Wednesday it was time to take the Christmas tree to pieces… I found 41 cones in the tree! And some seeds fell from the cones as well. Hopefully at least one black spruce will grow from these.
The rest of the pictures I took today:
My morning coffee. I do need this mug…
No snow… But at least the sun is shining again – there´s the difference between November and January – sunshine in January.
I watched biathlon and cross-country skiing today. What to watch next…? Something short perhaps. ~Oh, things to do… well, maybe tomorrow…
Okay so the very tiny amount of snow we had melted. It was ´the fifth snow´for this season here where I´m living. So now, again, no snow…
So it´s what´s on television, Viaplay, Netflix, etc. that counts. 😉 This was on Sunday, my morning coffee… And I watched my favourite Christmas movie once again. AChristmas Carol, based on my favourite Christmas book, by CharlesDickens.
Snaps from yesterday, the last day of the year, New Year´s Eve it was:
Here in our home village, travelling back from grocery store…
By a December´s rose again… And the sun was shining, again! And the sky was clear and starry at night. It was wonderful. 🙂
Just a few of the many lovely lights outside around here last night…
The rest of the pictures I took today, on the first day of the year 2020, on New Year´s Day:
Well, it was a bit cold at night…
The sun was shining a bit today as well…
I started watching the New Year´s Concert of The Vienna Philharmonic. I love the tradition, and the intermission programme, too.
Green edibles growing in the kitchen. They are growing pretty fast. 🙂
BlackChristmas – musta joulu. – No snow here in the southernmost part of Finland. Until yesterday – a tiny amount of snow here where I´m living. Very tiny. So it has been this “it´s what´s inside that counts” thing at Christmas this year. Yeah, well, we already did have our ´fourth snow´, too, for this season, here where I´m living, after the third one melted, a bit more snow for some days there was again, but it all melted just before Christmas…
Now some pictures:
These first two pictures I took on Monday. We have our first ever Christmas tree in this house. Love the atmosphere and the scent!
~Christmas tree and Christmas food, chocolate, coffee, glögi and watching television, Netflix, Finnish Yle Areena, etc. and enjoying the outdoors a bit and reading, thinking… Mostly. Between Christmas and New Year as well.
And the tree even has cones! It´s black spruce.
I´m not usually on the track, but when it´s Christmas Day, I am. There is a bit longer uphill part there on the track, not a steep one, but you can really feel that you go uphill, and I was just thinking “What the hell am I doing here Now?” But at the end of the track, it all started to feel just nice. 🙂
Two more on Christmas Day,, at night:
White Christmas… lights, on the lilac bush in our front yard.
Outside our living room.
And the snow then finally:
Yesterday morning. A pleasant surprise and this really makes a big difference! Our ´fifth snow´ for this season is this…
In the daytime, still no natural light yesterday.
Coffee pic yesterday.
Hyacinth, the scent…
Yesterday evening, here in our home village.
Coffee pic by the rose bush Rosa Splendens, Valamonruusu.
It´s a colder day today, it´s -5 degrees Celsius, but they say that it feels like -11 degrees Celsius, now, around 11 am.
There was some natural light coming my way! 😀
The days are already getting longer. The length of the day today, here where I´m living, is 5 h 32 min.