I am happy to report that the Woodsfamily has arrived at our new home in eastern Finland! Actually, we’ve been here almost a week now, but haven’t had Internet access (other than via phone) until today. Most of the major work involved with moving and setting up is behind us, so we can start turning our attention toward enjoying life in our new area, which also happens to be our old area. What I mean by this is that we have returned to the incredible maze of water, land and islands of the lake district of central/eastern Finland where we lived before our short stint in the Helsinki region.
Here’s a shot which I think is pretty indicative of this largely coniferous sub-arctic lake region:
What’s interesting is that, in relocating several hundred kilometers/miles to the north, we’ve gone “back in time” in terms of the progression of the seasons. It’s colder here, there’s still some snow lying around and there are fewer signs of spring in comparison to the warmer southern coast. So we are now “reliving” several weeks of late winter/early spring as the winter recedes to the north.
It’s a perfect time to dust off my spring and summer gear and start thinking about the things I’d like to do this warm season. I’ve got a long backlog of ideas for crafts, projects, bush cooking, fishing, woods exploration, gear testing and so much more. I’ve also been planning the Woodsboy’s first overnight camping trip, a week-long backpacking trip with the Woodsbabe and a much-anticipated wilderness outing with a fellow blogger from abroad, so be sure to stick around! 🙂