Visiting Friends @ Summer Cottage

We were visiting our friends Thursday-Friday at their summer cottage. Good food, sauna bath, great company with a lot of talking and laughing. The day was sunny and warm but the evening a bit cold and windy, so none of us swam in the lake after the sauna bath.

When my friend and I looked at the flowers my friend spotted a beautiful colorful caterpillar. I have had photos of really beautiful caterpillars which I have had the pleasure to spot but unfortunately only once so far. It’s sad I can’t find the photos anymore 😦

For the last week and days there has been a lot about the Perseid meteor showers both in the papers and on the news. The best time to spot them would have been in the morning at about 2 am on August 12. Unfortunately it was a cloudy night. Now the night would be clear and we thought that we, with a bit of luck, would be able to still spot some. As we didn’t want to get up at 2 am  we went to lay on down folding sun chairs on the terrace covered with warm blankets at about 11 pm. Our husbands didn’t join us ! ? They probably didn’t believe we would see any. Such a beautiful midnight blue starry sky. Then we saw ONE ! We both were screaming look, look.  We stayed there for about 45 minutes and saw about 10-12. But afterwards I read more about them on EarthSky and on other sites as well and learned some or many may have been satellites moving with great speed. Well, next August there is again a chance to experience the Perseid meteor showers.

Yesterday morning, just before we were about to leave my friend said let’s pick some blueberries for you to take home. She’s a quick picker. Of the almost one liter I think she picked 7,5 dl and I about 1,5 dl. The smoothie we had this morning was so delicious with the fresh blueberries.
Flowers, phlox, lilies

Lilies, Phlox and Clematis

caterpillar

Look at the feet and the “hands”. Very interesting.

pine tree, twilight

At about 10:10 pm waiting for the dark.

blueberries

Almost 1 liter

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4 thoughts on “Visiting Friends @ Summer Cottage

  1. saxsilverain

    lucky you to be seeing the meteors (or satellites, but still!). i’ve been down with heavy flu again for the past few days, just when the weather is nice outside. argh!

    but anyway… that caterpillar is so cute! and it reminds me of my nephew, though he can’t even crawl yet, hihihi! 😀

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    1. aheikkinen Post author

      So sorry to hear you have been down with the flew. To get the flu once during the summer is crappy but twice is really unfair. Get well soonest.
      I hope to see more meteor showers next August. Thumbs up for clear skies.
      No wonder some call their babies “toukka(s)” ! 😀

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    1. aheikkinen Post author

      Laura, I’m glad there are hardly no bears here in the southern part of Finland where we live. Seeing one would probably frighten me so much that my heart would stop beating.

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