About time!

You know how lists are the greatest way to actually avoid writing coherent sentences? My plan today is to share a few lists with you. Why? Well, the countdown is over, we have reached the magical minimum dosage of daylight again, and I’m on fire. Thank you daylight! If you’ve never experienced the darkness, it might…

Lessons in life: avoid Finland in November

November in Finland is murder. It’s just as beautiful as a summer’s day in Mordor, or a day spent in a windowless house without any lights.  You wake up, it’s dark. You come home from work, it’s dark. It’s not the nice and soft kind of darkness. It’s wet and rainy and awful. Pitch black. Some…

Autumn turning to winter

This is how it looks. White, delicate, crispy, and beautiful. These photos were taken around 7.30am this morning in Southern Finland. The temperature was just below zero, skies were clear, and I knew it was going to be a beautiful morning. ♥ In the meantime: If you are into photography and nature, you should check…

The season is changing

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…

Mathematics of sunshine

This is how much sunshine we have had lately. The picture kind of says it all. The past winter has been incredibly grey and dark, really, not only in my imagination. I saw this piece of comparative statistics on Suomen Kuvalehti weekly magazine today. The data is from the Finnish Meteorological Institute. As for us Finns being…

Countdown is over, today is the day

Now it’s official. The countdown is over. We have got our daylight back. So far I’ve only seen it in the afternoons, but this morning at 8 a.m. I did not need to put the lights on. It’s not mid-February yet, but we’re not too picky. Today’s the day. We have 8 hours and 6…

First tulips of the season

Look at the first tulips of the season. They are beautiful, so full of colour and energy – just like the best kind of friendship. We’re now some five weeks away from mid-February, when days will start to have more daylight. It’s not in the distant future anymore, it’s right around the corner. I’m going to…

Light blue moment

These were taken in a small town in Southern Finland, where I spent Christmas. It was 10am in the morning as I took the German Shepherd out for a walk. But it sure looks like it’s 4pm. When did I last see blue skies? Did we have a day or two now in December? Can’t…

Zero snow in Malta

The snow started falling in Finland when December began. Luckily I was travelling on the beautiful island of Malta for the first week, and I managed to experience only the first day of serious snowfall before leaving. While I was admiring the blue sea and white sails in the Mediterranean, Finland received more snow. And…