Finnish Midsummer

This is the time of the light. Night never comes. In the dusk of midnight it is lovely to sit in the garden and just listen to the still night. It is the time of magic.

In Midsummer Finland shuts down. If your country does not celebrate Midsummer I take it you do not experience the total lightness of the Midsummer and the total darkness of winter solace. Up here in the North Midsummer is a national holiday. On Midsummer (always a Friday nowadays) the groceries close at noon. Almost all groceries and shops stay closed on Saturday also.

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Midsummer weather

Weather is always a good subject to talk about. Safe, neutral, everyone can say something. Small talk savior if you get stuck, right? Well, in my view it is twice a year a serious business. First and foremost: “will there be snow on Xmas?” and secondly “what is the weather going to be like on Midsummer?”

Since Midsummer is tomorrow, I am going to concentrate on the second one. For weeks now the tabloids have had headlines predicting Midsummer weather: “Check the weather at your Midsummer location”, “Will it shine or rain on Midsummer”. Poor meteorologists are on TV every day several times a day trying to tell the nation of 5 million people how this Midsummer will turn out to be.

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Goodbye Big Man

Dear Clarence,

Sometimes the happiness and joy is joined by sorrow. Today is one of those days. Your music has brought so much joy to so many and today we feel utterly sad to hear you have passed on. It is always hard to let go, one always wishes for a little more time, for a few more songs.

I Thank You for all you have given to me and to the world. Since this is what makes our human race so great: our capacity to touch each other through words, pictures and sounds and our capability to record those same impressions for future generations to enjoy. So I take solace in the fact that even though you are on your way beyond the stars, we will always have your music.

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My new friend Bella

As a kid I used to bike as soon as the weather would permit for as long as it was possible till winter came. Back then if I had to get to a hobby I either biked or walked. Which was quite ok, since the getting to the gymnastics practice was part of building a better physic also. Nowadays my kids bike to hobbies but especially during winter we take them when possible, which at some point makes the week feel like a constant battle to remember which time I need to be available each day.

 I did not own a car when we had Ms. Teen. When I went to work I would first bike to the opposite direction with Ms. Teen (who of course back then was not teen yet) and both our bags. After dropping her off I would ride my bike to my office. When we had Jr., I said enough is enough. There is no way I will transport the three of us AND our bags on a bike. So we bought me my first own car. It was a red Suzuki Alto which served me well until I put my foot down hard up the road from our house and the Alto said “screech” and then never said anything anymore. I then upgraded to a Nissan Micra (black) then was handed down our Ford Escort STW (white) which I drove until the guy helping to batch it up each year asked Mr. Tee not to bring it by anymore. So I now have my most expensive car to date, a used Peugeot 106 (red). With the parade of all the cars ended my biking days. I was surprised to realize that 10 years had gone by without me riding a bike.

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Cottage life in Finland

Dear Reader.

It has been the hottest beginning of June since… well, forever I think. Finland is basking in the sun and the temperature in my hometown is a lofty 27 C today evening. And it is 7.30 pm. The sun is shining still into our garden and life is just about as jolly as it can get.

Ms. Teen left for cottage with grandma and grandpa this morning and I have to say a lakeside haven is just what the doctor ordered. But since it is still two weeks before my summer holiday starts no such luck for me.

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My Happy Thought for June 2011

My garden.  That is my Happy Thought for this June.

 I am not much of a gardener but what little I can and do I enjoy so much. Especially now that summer has just started I am still all full of juice for gardening. I bought a mini greenhouse and am currently pre-growing sweet pea and sunflowers.

 Of course this year the greenhouse did its job well in May but little did I know that summer would start in beginning of June with a real heat wave. Still, I think the greenhouse is a lovely addition to my garden. Once all this pre-growing is done (any day I just take the time to plant this little things) I will fill it with summer flowers in pots.

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