Archive for June, 2015

Midsummer

June 22, 2015

We had a lovely juhannus, the Finnish midsummer holiday, on Saturday. In the morning we went to a local farm to pick strawberries. There are a number of farms in this area that offer strawberry picking and we’ve been to several, but we haven’t been to this one before. It was in a beautiful location and we had wonderful clear weather. The strawberries were small and sweet. We picked four quarts pretty quickly and had a wonderful time doing it.

Back at home, after lunch, I set up the grill for the first time this summer. I had some sausages, some vegetables, and some potatoes to try on the grill. The first batch of potatoes got burnt, but after that I tried again and got reasonably good results. The sausages and vegetables came out well. E made a mousse of strawberries, rice and whipped cream. We had a delicious dinner and dessert together, then had a sauna. Afterwards we settled in to watch some of our favorite tv shows. It was a wonderful, relaxing day.

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Swimming

June 7, 2015

A couple weeks ago we got a burst of hot weather and the pond warmed right up. I was swimming in the pond and figured I was done with the pool for the year. Then we got a burst of cold weather. Out came the long pants and flannel shirts and it was back to the pool for me. The weather has been gradually warming up again and I’m hoping that tomorrow I can get back in the pond. After being in the pool all fall, winter, and spring, I’m ready for the quiet and open sky of pond swimming.