Three swans were flying to the lake.

So we drove to the lake, where is some free water, but they were not there. To see swans arriving is a great moment, the whooper swan is our national bird and the first signs of spring. We have had now sunny days, after a long gray season, snow is melting, and the weather is warmer, today +6C/ 42F. Now we are waiting to see cranes on the sky. The spring is here always like an explosion, everything happens fast, in some weeks winter is gone, birds are making nests and the first crocuses stick their heads towards the sun.

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Birches.
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Still snow.
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The sky is so blue.

A white veil. Valkoinen huntu.

The cherryplum trees “Podarok of St. Petersburg” are in to blossom. In two sunny days the trees are suddenly full of small white flowers, every branch is fully covered with these flowers. At the end of August these trees have small, yellow and very sweet plums.

We planted these trees inthe spring 2012, they were about 1,20 m/ 3,5 ft high.

Poda puut

Poda lähikuva

Poda oksa

Our spring is late.

Our spring is late about three four weeks. Here is some photos taken 18.5.2016. At the same day this year, today, we have nothing, our trees and plants are just trying to awake. The temperature is warmer, today + 10°C/ 50°F. Now it should be almost  summer temperatures, not like an early spring. Do we have summer this year at all?

The years 1866-1868 were terrible years here, lakes were frozen at midsummer. Then it was a warmer period and people could seed grain and potatoes. But the first snow came in August and destroyed everything. The next summer was cold and rainy. The famine was here, people had nothing to eat. They left their homes, started to walk from house to house begging. Roads were bordered with starved bodies. They were buried to graveyards together, nobody knew who they were. About 8% of the whole population died to hunger and diseases. Some villages were empty, no one survived.

If you are interested to read of these famine years in English, click the link.

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Kirsikka viime vuosi

Where is the spring?

It has been snowing and raining for days, the temperature is below 0°C,  32°F at nights. Yesterday evening we saw a hedgehog walking in the snow and we gave it cat food. This hedgehodg has slept the wintertime in it´s house in our yard. Today snow melted away in the afternoon, but this night will be cold again. Our spring is soon one month late.

Today by the lake Kyrösjärvi.

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Coltfoot and ice.

Today, at Good Friday, was a very cold day, only 0° C, 32° F. The sun was shining for a while. We were driving around to see some hints of disappeared spring. Our lake was sleeping under ice. Coltfoot was in bloom by a stone warmed by the sun. Two so different photos. Coltfoot is in Finnish leskenlehti, a leaf of a widow, maybe because it is alone in bloom so early in spring.

Voikukka

 

Jäinen järvi

Joutsenlauantai. Swan Saturday.

Tänään pelloilla oli tuhansia joutsenia. Laskin yhdellä pellolla yli 200 joutsenta. Linnut söivät, hoilottivat, tanssivat ja nukkuivat.

Today thousands of swans were on fields. I counted in one field about 200 swans. The birds were eating, singing, dancing and sleeping.

 

Katse

Joutsenett kaukana

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Tanssien ja syöden