In Finland we have a strong and long tradition of rag rugs.
During the summer we wash them outside, preferably by a lake or the sea, and hang them to dry in the sun.
At the end of the Midsummer weekend I went Along the Illby Creek with my kayak. The starting point was 12 km from Strandhagen and I was able to paddle 6 km before there were too many stones ahead and I had to turn back. Here is some pictures from that wonderful sunny evening that became a foggy night before I was back.
Midsummer is one of the most important feasts during the year. Most people leave the cities and go to enjoy summer to a cottage, preferable by a lake or the by the sea. Fortunately Finland has lots of lakes and a long sea shore so it is possible for most people.The main topic around Midsummer is of course the weather. This year we haven´t been that fortunate, but it didn´t rain too much and in the evenings the sun appeared.
Here are some photos from a kayak tour I made one of the evenings in the archipelago nearby Strandhagen.
On this small rocky island there is only one tree, a rowan, and a rose bush that is a little special as it has has both white and red flowers.
The new generation.
My favourite birds! Haematopus ostralegus, Oyster catcher in english, Strandskata in swedish and Meriharakka in finnish. It is the national bird of Faroe islands and there they call it Tjaldur, a nice and easy name to remember.
On Saturday it was the last day of school for all pupils and teachers and now they enjoy ten weeks of holiday!
The summer season at Strandhagen started on Friday and we have been happy to have several German guests since that. And I have been happy to practice my German, though I am afarid that my german skills actually never will be any better. I feel so sorry for my german teacher that struggled with me for five long years at school.
This picture is taken by the corner of our house earlier in the spring. Huge animals.
We have been asked for more pictures of Strandhagen´s cats, and we are more than happy to do it! Until last autumn we were happy to have three loving cats Maja, Fjalar and Hjalmar. Late in the summer Maja, 16 years old, who had suffered from a weak heart passed away. She left a big empty space in our home and lives.
Kung Fjalar is the king as his name says. He walks like John Wayne and keeps all intruders away from the home range.
Hjalmar is the gentleman in the family and a very good hunter.