snow

Our almost snowless driveway

Spring road, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Signs of spring are in the air (or road)! Driveway is almost free of snow now. All other places in our yard are still very white but we can see slow process here. Well, this is already a T-shirt weather for the Finns!

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Promise of spring

Steep slope ahead, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

As we are now having some plus degrees, snow is melting. Well, we have so much snow that our boys are able to use their sleds still but now I feel that spring is really approaching. It is a great feeling; sun is shining and my mood is high!

Kicksled fun

Kicksled fun, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Kaapo’s godfather Tommi brought an old kicksled for us. I and Tommi fixed it and now it is in the working condition and has a new red paint on it.

It really moves fast and is very handy here in countryside when you want to go from place A to place B in the winter time.

We are having new snow at this very moment. I am not that happy about it because it seems that we are going to have spring time in June or so. Sigh.

Keeping the tracks open

Keeping the tracks open, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

I have always found snowmobiles very irritating vehicles. They are very noisy, extremely smelly, and produce lots of exhaust gases. And many of the snowmobile riders do not know where you are allowed to drive one. I accept when the snowmobile is used for reindeer cattling or for going to ice-fishing. The sport-usage of snowmobiles should be banned in my opinion.

Greetings from Snowland

Greetings from Snowland, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

This morning it was -23 C still so it seems that our spring is not starting very soon. Although sunshine is somehow warming up already but it is not intense enough to melt the snow if the base temp is so low. I am now counting spring all those days when we will not get any new snow. I think that is a very good rule now and gives nice spring feeling at least.

He loves snow

He loves snow, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

To love snow is a quite essential ability here in Finland. Our sons do love the white stuff! I think it is a real blessing to have four totally different seasons.

Somber woods

Somber woods, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

It was a very dull weather yesterday and I went shooting in our yard. I looked in the forest at our backyard and took few shots of the woods. Even if the forest looks very gloomy, I like the result what I got. The photo delivers exactly the feeling I was having at that very moment. And actually those tree trunks are very beautiful if you just want to see their beauty.

Our place in winter sun

Our place in winter sun, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

This winter has been very snowy and lately also very cold one. Snow everywhere plus -37 C is a cool combo. Well, actually we are very much used to this kind of a weather but because our winter lasts almost six months you have to complain at least littlebit in some point. 😉