True to my Finnish roots, I’m taking a few days off to enjoy the midsummer. It’s especially important for me this year when it’s practically impossible for Husband and me to visit Finland to see my family and savor the summer.
While the black nights here in the south are exotic to me (Massachusetts is south to me – I grew up only two hours away from the Arctic Circle), they’re no match to the magic of the white summer nights in the north.
Both the Playfully Grownup Tumblr and my personal one will keep tumblin’, however, and I will keep an eye on Playfully Grownup on Etsy. I’ll resume posting here on Thursday 25th.
Hyvää juhannusta! Glad midsommar!
During the covid-19 pandemic, many people in my social bubble have turned not just to handcrafts but to video projects as a way to pass the time and provide comfort. I’ve seen a wide spread of projects and inspiration as a consequence, and enjoyed every one. Here’s an example.
Polokkarit is a 25-year-old folk dance ensemble based in Oulu, Finland. They recorded a polka performance that respects physical distancing recommendations.
(P.S. Beware of one blurred-out NSWF moment – I’m kinda flabbergasted that they left it in.)
Poikkeustilapolkka – Polka in Quarantine by Polokkarit Kansantanssiryhmä on YouTube
They tell a bit about their polka video on YouTube:
“At the moment most of the world is in lockdown mode, but the Finnish folk dance group Polokkarit has found a way to combine dancing and social distancing. Ever since Finland introduced official COVID-19 restrictions, weekly video calls have gathered the group together to practice, keep in touch and socialize. These sessions resulted in an idea of ‘Polka in Quarantine’, a video piece for celebrating International Dance Day with the aim to help ease the group’s yearning for dancing together and at the same time brighten the day of people all around the world.
“The whole production of ‘Polka in Quarantine’ was carried out remotely. The piece introduces the variety of Finnish polka steps in the characteristically cheerful Polokkarit style while offering the dancers’ national costumes a long-awaited outing as well. The video features 29 Polokkarit dancers altogether, scattered to different parts of the country due to the pandemic. Despite the physical distance, this video piece brings the dancers together, thanks to Finnish polka. As well as demonstrating a variety of traditional Finnish polka steps, ‘Polka in Quarantine’ also gives the viewer a unique chance to take a peek into Finnish homes.”
Love it! It’s also nice to see glimpses of familiar places in the background.
Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.
Because it’s been a tough few days: here are more signs of spring from our yard.
See – there’s a clear bulge. I think we’re going to have a flower soon! And the flowering pears have leaf buds!
I happen to love spring. This year it’s felt even more crucial and wonderful.
Very typically of this year’s winter and spring, and of course just after posting on the blog about signs of spring, snow happened.
This dim photo is from the evening of Tuesday 24th. We got about an inch. Very little is left now, though, so I really expect this to be it for the month.
Apart from the ladybugs, which have come out early (and in droves!) this spring, there are other, earlier-than-normal signs that spring is on the way.
Our roses are putting out their first leaf buds…
…the bulb greens are peeking out from the ground…
…plus, occasionally, we even see moths:
And just yesterday afternoon we were treated to the first turkey tom mating display of the season. Can’t deny that’s a sign of spring!
Wishing to you and yours good health, happiness and love. Stay safe.
For the U.S.: Happy Thanksgiving!
I’m taking a few days completely off to enjoy friends, family and food.
I’m both amazed and delighted over how long wild flowers blossom around here:
Granted, they’re not terribly flashy like cultivated ones, but they do give bees and other pollinators sustenance long into the fall season and provide splashes of color, too. (We keep our yard purposely toxin-free for the bees.)
Today happens to be both Easter and Earth Day. Happy Easter Earth Day, then!
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on Flickr (CC BY 2.0).
If the above’s the Earth part, here’s the Easter part. 🙂
Benson Kua on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).
I love both images, as different as they are.
Hope your week has started enjoyably!
While looking through my photos for the last snowfalls in recent years, I ran into this striking April sunset from a few years ago:
The little pond is just down the street from us. I quite like living in the woods! 🙂