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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Cottage life in Finland

Dear Reader.

It has been the hottest beginning of June sinceā€¦ 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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