I read recently that Finland has five seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and November. While it’s true this month is dark and wet, here are a few reasons it’s not all bad…
Warm weekend breakfasts at our favourite cafe
Practising the art of Christmas ginger biscuits
Taking the shot before Miko steals the dough…
Discovering ‘new’ bars that are old favourites of friends
Just a spritz of alcohol behind the ears….@Strindberg
Buying Norwegian salmon cooked over hot coals outside work
Enjoying wine tasting and dinner on a wet Thursday night
Photo: Angela Lee
Still getting around without full winter gear
Anticipating the best parts of a good Finnish winter
Natural History Museum
Remembering that Santa will soon be on his way (on a bicycle powered by oars)
Talivisirkus (Winter Circus)
The chance to wear my favourite boots to work
Having to use Miko’s umbrella when I can’t find mine
Seasonal office attire
New winter socks
Finding out my bank thinks I’m a dame
My bank’s bathroom door
….and waking up to a ground cover like sugar on cornflakes.
First snow of the season
It’s easy to miss home at this time of year. Christmas for us signals the start of summer holidays – long hours of sunshine, songbirds, swimming and sand.
One thing about living in Finland however is the intensity of each season. It’s good for me to remember that winter here can be beautiful …. and it’s not forever.
One place this is evident is Töölönlahti – it’s a great bay to walk around and witness the incredible changes as they take place.
9th October 2014
2 December 2014 – starting to freeze
Ducks on ice
4th January 2015 – frozen
7th January 2015
23rd January 2015
And something to look forward to! Same place, different day (taken 3rd August 2014)