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…

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…

Coldest winter days so far

Yesterday was the coldest day in Southern Finland so far. Our meter showed 24 degrees below zero, but I think in the morning it was actually closer to 30. Despite beautiful bright skies and sunny weather, I stayed inside and warmed up the fireplace, watched too many movies to mention and in the evening relaxed…

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…

Enter snow, exit darkness

This is what I woke up to today. Not a bad sight for Christmas Eve. It had been snowing at least 20 cm more in the night, and the snow just kept on coming. I sipped my morning coffee and felt happy. During the day, it started snowing like, well, pouring rain. I had to…

Frozen trees, calming melodies

A thick fog covered everything in the Helsinki area on December 19. This handsome sailboat was lighting the Pohjoisranta harbour. I was on my way to a Christmas concert by Lumen Valo, a classical vocal ensemble. The ensemble’s name literally means the Glow of Snow, and that’s exactly how the music felt like: ‘interplay of light and dark…

Summer is over, but we still have crochet

Why is it that Finland has to have such ghastly weather? There’s a chance that the three summer months (June, July, August) are nice and warm, but not this year. I mean please. Most of the year we live in cold darkness (with our warm hearts of course), but during the months with more light,…