Are they back . . .

. . .  or didn’t they in fact not leave after all

This year both swans and geese have been seen on the fields and in the lake still after Christmas. Which is very unusually. Yesterday, on the way back from the supermarket, it surprised me to see two swans in the lake. So, I wonder, didn’t they leave at all or are they already back. Do they know there will be no winter here at all. There has, so far, not been practically any snow at all. Only a few centimeters a few time. A little frost and a thin layer of ice on the lake a few times. It feels like early spring. But . . . one never knows. I remember a couple of times winter arrived in February. Which brought both freezing cold and plenty of snow. Well, whether will it be winter or not I’m so happy there is more daylight every day.

Full Moon

Well, almost. It looked amazing. Tomorrow it is officially full. Thumbs up it will not be a cloudy afternoon/evening. Photos taken at 4:35 pm.

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Lux Helsinki 2020 Light Festival

We have only been once before to the light festival event in Helsinki. I think it was six years ago. It may have been the first time it was arranged. This time the event is from 4.1. – 8.1.2020. The route starts from the Senate square where the Church is lit with the art SunWind. Then it continues for about a 2,5 km long route where are 8 more arts to experience. The opening was yesterday at 5 pm. There was a lot of people. At the second stop, The Bridge, the line was looong. It felt like I stood in line for hours. But, from there on it was easier. The weather was nice. No snow, not slippery but, the wind was a bit chilly. So happy I was wearing enough of warm cloths. After the stop at number 5, the Large Fire Tornado, which is a kinetic fire installation which flame reaches a height of 16 m, we went home. There are four more arts we didn’t see. So, we either go to see them or then not.

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A Mouse . . .

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Date Balls (again)

Date BallsI have called them date balls. Yesterday I found out on the internet that they also are called date/nut balls, date energy balls, vegan balls and healthy sweets. Thumbs up for the healthy. Plus that they are delicious and quick to make. Yesterday, when I started to make them again, my son suggested a new flavor. He happened to have salted liquorice powder. I love salted liquorice (salmiak). So, I was happy with the suggestion and rolled six of the balls in the salmiak powder. I try not to eat salmiak liquorice too often as it is not very healthy. But, I think a few date balls rolled in little bit of salmiak powder is okay. I know my balls are date/nut balls but, I still am going to call them date balls.