Saturday, 26 June 2010

Hyvää Juhannusta kaikille

It was my first midsummer living here in Finland. Friday was a national day off and the only night of the year it is legal to fly flags through the night. It rains according to rumour 4 out of 5 Midsummers. It has been sunny and hot all week so we thought we may get a hot midsummer. Its sunny and warm today (Saturday too) but you guess it, late afternoon on midsummer it rained!

It was a very enjoyable day, we went to Jouko and Kati's summer cottage. My hayfever didn't enjoy the drive there but as soon as we got the side of the lake it got better (phew). The day was hot and sunny. As soon as we parked the car and got out then the mosquitoes started looking for places to bite.

Hanna, Antti, Miia, Vesa, and the kids were also there. We sat on the pier by the sauna as the smoke and breeze kept most of the mosquitoes away. Lunch was barbeque =) (nom nom). After lunch was fill up the paddling pool and waterfight time. The benefit of a sauna when the lake water isn't water part fill paddling pool with water heated in the sauna!!! Surface water temperature of the lake was 21C!

Eero has a cold and was making animals from pine cones and sticks. Then we watched world cup Portugal Vs Brazil. Then the rain started. We took the party inside and talked. The kids had thrown the pine cone animals in the lake by now saying they wanted to go for a swim. Then we left for the drive home (good call from original camping as we would of gotten wet!!)

cone and stick elk

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