The season is changing

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You remember how I notice the changing season twice a year? Once in the autumn and once in the spring, according to the decreasing or increasing amount of daylight in Finland?

The past few days it has been so dark and gloomy in the mornings that the change is near. Winter is coming, as they say in Game of Thrones. By the way, I’m now reading the second novel Clash of Kingsbut rumour has it winter will not yet arrive to the seven kingdoms in this book.

Last year I started the countdown towards more daylight sometime in September, and stopped counting in early February, when the days were filled with more light again. I think I’ll do the same this year. When counting in weeks it does not feel quite so bad.

Some posts ago I mentioned the funny little squirrel who’s working on his winter stash of acorns. Well there he is in the pic. You might not see it clearly, but there’s an acorn in his mouth and he’s running fast. I haven’t yet figured out where his stash is, and he probably forgets it too by the time winter really comes.

Despite gloomy mornings and crispy air, interesting stuff is happening. I’ve joined a writers’ group, and we’re meeting tomorrow for the first time. As I’ve said before, this is a key element of surviving the dark autumn and cold winter: plenty of interesting activities that keep your mind busy.

♠ In the meantime: Our forests are full of berries. Most of them are left there to rot, as Finnish people simply can’t or won’t pick them all. Many companies working in the berry industry have brought workers from abroad. Today we’ve seen the first human trafficking incident related to foreign berry pickers. Very interested to hear what comes out of this.

♣ Song of the day: The 1975, Robbers

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