Posts Tagged ‘Arctic’

Happy New Year! Doglets are out today wearing baby socks. It’s -40°C today – courtesy of Siberia. This morning, before we put the socks on, Oskar refused to put more than two paws on the ground and therefore, had to be carried. They can stay outside a lot longer with the socks on. The masking tape around the ankles starts to freeze and crack pretty soon though but it’s still better than no socks. We have proper doggie boots too, but they come off just as easily and are a lot more difficult to put on 8 paws of two very excitable cockers. Roll on summer!



Winter wonderland

Posted: December 19, 2016 in Photography
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This is how it looked here yesterday. It was the last day before the polar nights and the length of the day was about 15 minutes. Today it is zero. For the next 5 days. There is not an awful lot of snow here now, only about 35 cm (just over a foot) and it is -5C at the moment. It looks like winter wonderland with a thick frost everywhere. Unfortunately they are forecasting rain for tomorrow which would mean bye-bye for the frost and some of the snow, too. Let’s hope they are wrong with that forecast.


I knitted some very, very tall socks. They go as far as the legs do. If only I had garters but I don’t and hence I used safety pins to keep the socks in place. Luckily I had tights underneath to pin the safety pins to. This was earlier in the winter when it wasn’t quite as cold as it is now. I would not go out wearing just tights and tall socks right now. Not even socks as tall as these.

If you want to make your own, the pattern can be found here.

Stripes with Docs

Probably doesn’t come as a surprise that it’s been rather wintery up here. Even the locals here wonder when the temperatures might go up a bit again. For a while it was about -40°C, then it stayed below -30°C, and then all of a sudden it went up to -14°C. On these latitudes that’s a heatwave! It was short-lived and the next day we were back down to -30’s. And it’s been like that ever since.

I’m a southerner and only been living up here for less than 10 years and I’ve never seen these sorts of temperatures AND thick cloud at the same time. Extreme cold has always come with clear skies previously. Strange.


These pictures were taken in -30°C. No wind luckily.


Walking on back country is not really possible without snowshoes. On the picture below is yours truly on a walkies Arctic style. I’m feeling not unlike the Michelin Man – I have layers on top of layers. It gets rather warm while walking but it’s amazing how quickly one cools down once stopped for taking pictures.

Winter style walkies

Cold on the outside but toasty on the inside!

Cold on the outside

See how cloudy it is? But, there’s the sun!! It’s getting higher and higher now and just two days ago the polar nights ended even in Utsjoki, which is the northernmost place in Finland. We’ll be blinded by the sun soon! Give it couple of months or so.

A speck of light

Still, I like winter. I must have said it many times. I wish that one day I could travel somewhere like Svalbard, Greenland or Alaska to see some proper winter stuff. We don’t even have any polar bears here 🙂

Birch grove

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a nice Christmas time. I can’t believe how quickly the year 2015 came and went. They do say that time seems to run faster the older you get, but this is ridiculous! I mean, last year only seem to have lasted about half a year, 7 months tops. I hope this doesn’t mean I’m getting old! Surely not!!

Anyway, we are heading towards spring now! Before that, however, we here in the Arctic are waiting for a cold front from Moscow. It’s -21C at the moment and by midweek it should be another 20 degrees colder. Did you see the full moon at Christmas? I didn’t because it was cloudy but I did take a picture two days earlier:

Almost full

I’ve never really thought about it but apparently this was very rare: the last time there was a full moon on Christmas Day was 1977. 2015 and 1977, not only saw the full moon, but also Star Wars. Is that a coincident?

The second picture was taken at the same time. It’s the moment before dark, apply called the Blue Moment. It was very misty on the other side of that hill. I was just coming from there. I was planning on taking pictures of the Christmas lights but it was too misty, so I didn’t. Back on the other side of the hill, on the side where I live, it was completely clear. Cold though, -24C at the time. A day later, 0C. It’s been a roller coaster.

Clear here, misty there

Almost every Christmas time I make at least one new candle holder. This time I recycled some empty glass jars. I cut out some pages from an old book, cut out an image in the middle and decoupaged the page onto the jar. Then I just tied some baker’s twine to the top. The holders look rather nice in the dark.


Hello, it is I, Sari! I used to blog here. It’s been almost a year since my last post. There is no drama as such in my disappearance. To say that I’ve been busy would be an understatement. To say that I’ve been lazy would be the understatement of a century. The longer I left it, that more difficult it became to write a post, and eventually not posting became a habit. That’s all there is to it.

I’m still crafting (obviously) and I’ll try and post pictures of my creations as and when I get my blogging head properly screwed on. I still live up on the Arctic with two mad dogs and an Englishman. I still love the seasons (all 8 of them!) and the landscape up here, and although I’ve been taking a lot less pictures than I used to, I’m sure I can find some for you to see. The whole year since I last posted has been bobbins, weatherwise. Last winter it would not stop snowing and summer was like winter, only with less snow, and this winter had a very sluggish start. Up here we like the winter to be winter-like, you know, cold and snowy, and usually it is. This winter, however, the temperature has been up and down and the winter doesn’t really seem to know whether it’s coming or going.

The river below has frozen over and melted again many times over the past couple of months. This pictures was taken sometime towards the end of October.

River Kitinen freezing over

This is practically my back yard! The picture was taken in November after it finally snowed. We have over half a meter of the stuff now! I’m a sucker for useless information and here’s something that happened just about a week ago: A tiny spot just where we are was the coldest tiny spot in the country (-30,2C) and at the same time the temperature in the south coast of Finland, about 1000 km southward from here, was +6C. That’s a difference of over 36 degrees, people. Isn’t that fascinating?!

Early winter morning

And lastly the compulsory picture of the mad dogs! Do I need to say that they are as mad as ever? Well, they are. Here they are enjoying the swamp (the same place as the previous picture) after it just froze over in October.

Dogs on the frozen swamp

So, there you go. I’m still live and kicking and will be back shortly with more stuff. Happy solstice! The day is going to get longer now and in two days time the sun will rise again here – if only for a few minutes, but still. It will rise. See you soon.


Posted: April 29, 2014 in Photography
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I’ve been meaning to write an update on all things Arctic, but somehow that hasn’t happened. I do have some pictures I need to edit and then I’ll have my rant. Yes, a rant – that’s how crappy the whole of the winter has been. But here’s a quick update on what’s going on at the moment. It’s 29th April and spring was nicely on its way. There was still some snow left here but it was mostly in ditches and forests. Roads and gardens were just about snow-free. Until this morning, that is. This is the scene I was greeted by this morning. It’s what we call ‘takatalvi’, which translates as ‘back winter’. It’s what happens when spring is already here and then winter comes back with a vengeance.

Luckily we still have the winter tyres on the car. Funnily enough though, I’ve just booked the car in for next week to have the summer tyres put on. Let’s hope this stuff shifts by then.

The dogs are completely indifferent about this. They don’t care. Both of them did a nice pose for the camera, but the phone camera I was using has a really long lag time and by the time it takes the picture, the dog is already doing its thing, ie sniffing away somewhere else.

It’s the Labour Day celebrations this week. People usually do picnics and get rat-arsed and as I was shopping today and saw an Australian wine called ‘Chill out’, I thought ‘why not indeed?’  I’ll not bother with the picnic though. I’ll just ‘chill’ and ‘rat-arse’ instead, like a good Finn.

An update on ‘the Arctic winter that never was’ to follow shortly.

PS. These pictures were taken this morning. It’s been snowing non-stop ever since so the landscape is totally different this evening as I’m writing this, and it’s supposed to carry on snowing till midnight. It never rains but it pours, as they say, and since it’s the Arctic after all, it sleets and snows instead.