Our home spruce, a sad story.

We moved to this property On July 2010, and we had a beautiful spruce in our yard.

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Year 2010.

Then a storm, year 2015, cut off the treetop.

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The spruce without the treetop, now on the ground.
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The spruce died and it is time to cut it down.
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Making plans.
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Cutting of the branches.
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Here he is, my husband.
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The plan was to cut the top of at first, the whole trunk woud have destroyed the berry bushes. The rope was needed to quide the top to the right direction, I was on the other end of the rope.
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Sawing the top off.
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This is a falling direction, hopefully.
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The top is down, and in the right direction.
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Then the trunk.
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The trunk falling.
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This is what is now left of our majestetic spruce.

 

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Panda life in Finland, in Ähtäri Zoo.

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Lumi, a happy panda.

We visited Ähtäri the Snowpandahouse 16.8.2018. Here is the story of these two pandas with cute photos.

During the visit by Chinese President Xi Jingping to Finland last April, China and Finland signed an agreement on joint research on giant pandas. According to the document, a pair of pandas was sent to Finland in January 2018 and live in Ahtari zoo for 15 years. They are a gift from China to mark our nation’s 100 years of independence.

The Snowpanda House of Ähtäri Zoo is an impressive complex. Upon examining the complex in November 2017, the top experts of China’s State Forestry Administration’s panda centre stated that the building and the outside enclosures are the best outside of China. The Snowpanda House includes a viewing space where the public can see the pandas spending time in their outdoor, in wintertimeolaying in the snow,  and indoor enclosures.

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The pandahouse has a huge view window wall to a pine forest and a play ground with a waterfall and versatile tools for climbing and playing.
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Pyry, Hua Bao, taking a nap after eating bambu.
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Lumi, Jin Baobao, is awakening.

The two are a four-year-old male panda, named Hua Bao, and a three-year-old female, named Jin Baobao.  Their new, Finnish names are Pyry, “Snowfall”, for the male, and Lumi  “Snow” for the female.

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Lumi going out after a smell of a carrot.
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Oh yes, a carrot!
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Tasty?
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Oh yes, so tasty!
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Lumi walked in, and there was a surprise, a carrot again!
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Lumi tasting a carrot she found.
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She is an entertainer.
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She loves carrots!
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Pyry has been sleeping all  the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July, a new heat record.

Last July was the hottest one since the year 1941. The average temperature was 19,6°C/ 67,28°F. The temperature was over 25°C/ 77°F during 27 days. You might think this is not much, but remember  the Arctic Circle crosses Finland. We are located between the same latitudes as Alaska.

The rainfall was remarkable lower than normally. In this area it was raining twice.

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Roadworks every summer.
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Working hard.
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Rain.
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Problems with freezers in a shop. Water ran down inside the doors. Looked really bad.
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Miss July.