Swimming across the lake Pitkäjärvi is an annual happening arranged by the LaVi = Laaksolahden Viri ry. The total distance to swim is 2100 m. We were there for the first time in all these years. Neither of us taking part in the race. I would have loved to but my husband told me not to because he knows how easily I get cramps.
About 40 people participated. Picture just minutes before the start.
Then there was the toot . . .
Oh, they are fast . . .
First and second to return . . .
I was a foster child since the age of four. My mother = foster-mother always did her best to encourage me to keep in touch with my birth mother but I never really wanted.
When I got older we did meet occasionally. I now wish I had asked her, my birth mother, more about many things. Now of course it is too late as she passed away already long ago. Neither did I learn to know my brother who too has passed away.
After many, many years I really was very happy to meet my half-sister again. How wonderful of her to accept my invitation to come visit us. She has two sons. It would have been nice to meet both of the boys but the older one was at work. We were happy to meet her younger, 14 years old, son.
My half-sister and her son
My brother, half-sister and me. Summer 1963. Isn’t she a doll ?
Red Bull Show Run
Some weeks ago I told my husband Kimi Räikkönen is going to run his rally car in the Esplanade park. Can you believe he said he was not at all interested in the event ! The show run was today. I’m glad I was able to brainwash him to come. He actually admitted it was nice. My goodness they were driving fast.
Dear Friends, Thanks for having us there yesterday . . .
Our friends and hubby
It probably was the warmest day of the summer. We were swimming in the lake. No algae there. The water was warm. We were able to stay in it for as long as we wanted. Canelo was in the water for, I think, about three hours. The food was delicious. Yes, a perfect day !
Our friends found this beautiful butterfly on their patio some weeks ago. It had died because the right wing was damaged. At first I thought it was not a real one. Maybe somebody had left it there. No, no . . . they assured me it’s a real one. I took it outdoors and put it on a plant to take a photo. As you can see I have edited/photoshopped the wing. I wanted to give the butterfly his wing back at least on the picture.
Who wants to swim ? After seeing this I will not go swimming in the lake before next summer.
Looked out this morning. Ooops ! There was this pink lily. I had forgotten all about the pink lilies in our garden ! Hubby says it’s the beginning of dementia.
The snails and scarlet lily beetles have been doing a lot of harm in my garden. This morning I found this grasshopper, or is it a cricket, there. I can’t tell the difference between a grasshopper or a cricket. I hope the grasshoppers are not doing as much harm as the snails and beetles.
The red ones . . .
Of all my lilies the red ones changes the most in color depending on the light. From bright red when sunshine to almost black when the day is cloudy.
Now all of my different color lilies are in bloom . . .
Canon EOS 350D
I love my both cams but am using my Olympus much more often because of the weight.
Tomorrow is time to shoot the red lilies 😉
The color . . .
. . . absolutely beautiful.