First flowers

It was warm enough last week to finally get my first flowers of 2011 out. Pansies are always my flower of choice for the beginning of the season. They can take even a bit of cold without needing a lot of work since I know I will not keep covering them every night. (Tried one year and I lasted 5 days with the plan…)

If I buy a bigger amount for many boxes I drive to my favorite flower grower’s garden but this time I got just the first hanging version from up town to make our front door entrance more appealing. I chose this variety since I adore multicolored ones.

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Intoxicated by light

This has been an amazing Easter weekend, light and warm. It is the time of the year when I get intoxicated by light. Now if you are not living in Scandinavia, this might not open to you at first. But the fact of life around here is that a part of the year we are virtually in darkness: it is dark when you go to work and again it is dark by the time you get home. That is probably why I adore Xmas so much, the light in the dark. But right now, in the end of April, it is a huge joy to be living here. When the weather stays good, which it did for the whole Easter, light is everywhere and for long hours. Now that we moved to summer time the sun comes up right around 5 am and goes down between 9 and 10 pm! It is now 7.30 pm and I am sitting in my garden enjoying the sun to the fullest.

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Palm Sunday

As is proper with a blog taking inspiration from Xmas inspired joyful feelings, I truly love traditions. In our household anything can become “we have always done this” after just one go. If not traditionalized by me then Jr. or Ms. Teen can always be counted on to remember even miniscule things as “always been, always will be”. To this effect I was so joyful this Palm Sunday when we had the biggest number of kids coming around to “virpomaan” in recent years. Last year we had so few come around I was worried this tradition is not going to last.

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