In the middle of April we had some warm and sunny days. But, for the last three weeks it has been cold. I really hope the forecast for next week will be, as it says, temperatures about 19-20 degrees Celsius. Here are some photos of spring flowers and birds taken in April.
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.
Seurasaari/Fölisön is an open-air museum which celebrates its 110th anniversary this year. There are many old buildings transported to there from all around Finland. There are coffee shops, a museum shop and a church. There are held different events during the year. Workshops, events for children and Midsummer bonfire. Yesterday there was a crafts market. I can’t believe it’s 35 years since last time we visited the island.
After Seurasaari we went to visit Tamminiemi/Villa Ekudden which is situated close to Seurasaari. It was the residence of Finland’s presidents from 1940 – 1981. It became the Urho Kekkonen museum in 1987. He was the last president to live there. It was on our list of places to visit for many, many years. My husband have visited it a couple of times before but, yesterday was my first.
Of course I went back yesterday for more swan photos. And, probably will do so even during the next days as well. In 2017 there was a couple with a young swan which was so cute and curious. He swam towards me. His parents followed watching him carefully for him not to get too close to me.
Yes, it’s spring. It’s warm, plus 12 degrees Celsius today. There still is a little snow here and there. Also there still is a thin layer of ice on the lake except for a small area in the southern end of it. The swans like to stay there. I know many already have seen the the Liverleaf in bloom. I saw my first ones today.
Today is the first real spring day in my mind. Plus 10 degrees Celsius. Swans, Canadian geese and ducks enjoyed the small water puds in the lake. I think the ice will be gone by the end of the week. Checked the temperature, it’s actually + 14 C.
Earlier in the spring there were many more swans here. I was able to spot several couples. Some staying on this side of the lake and others on the other side. These two are the only ones staying here now. All the others have moved northwards, I think.
On Thursday we visited my childhood friend. She told me she’s got liverleaf in white and asked me have I ever seen white ones. Yes, I said. Remember, we together found them in the woods. We probably were about 11 years old. Gosh, time flies, that was 60 years ago. I was happy to see them once again as I haven’t seen a single one since that first time. Before we left she gave me two plants. Thumbs up that they will like it here and multiply.
I happened to see this swan family when we were on the the way to the supermarket. Oh look, look I said. I want to shoot a couple of photos. Make a u-turn. There still is some ice on the lake but close to the shore there is water. After a while the young swan got curious and came towards me. Maybe he thought I had some kind of treats or so. After staring at me for a few seconds he returned to his parents.