Blogging has been very low on my priority list for a long time now but I’m going to try to sum up my summer in one post.
The weekend after Eddie’s course it was time for the big move. It was a really hot day and we have too much stuff but with some help and a lot of sweating we got all our stuff moved to Lauttasaari. I’m still trying to get used to not living in the immediate center of Helsinki (I really miss Eerikinkatu!) and I’m not feeling quite at home here yet, but at least the surrounding area is beautiful. As might be expected when two people who have both lived alone for a long time move in together the start of our life of living together has not been exactly easy. But with time I hope that we will figure things out. A friend told me recently that after living together with her husband for 15 years it now finally starts to feel like they’re in sync with each other. So maybe I shouldn’t expect too much after just three months… :)
View from the watch tower behind our house
In June, as Arttu’s summer vacation started, we travelled to Greece. While Finland was cold and rainy Greece was warm and sunny. We spent two days in Athens and four days in a little town called Agia Marina on the nearby island Aegina.
Midsummer and the week after was spent at the summer-house. The weather was sunny but still pretty chilly. We participated in the annual MC-HC (Midsummer Challenge – Hard Core), a competition arranged by the family every midsummer. It’s started out as a triathlon many years ago but has later reformed into a multi-sport competition with a varying amount of contenders participating each year. It’s of course supposed to be a fun and not too serious competition but once the competition starts everybody always takes it dead seriously. Anyway, somebody wasn’t too good at reading maps and we didn’t do too well but it was pretty fun.
…and impatiently trying to move forward
Then it was time for my sister’s bachelorette party. A surprised bride-to-be was treated to a day of friends and fun in a sunny and surprisingly warm Vasa.
Pole dancing was one of the things on the program
In July it was time for the annual Houtskär summer retreat. I was only supposed to stay for one week but I ended up staying for two weeks. The weather was great, very warm and sunny, and the company was also great. I enjoyed assisting Petri and Juha in the shala and practice felt really nice. In June I was given Chakorasana and as a “summer challenge” my teacher introduced me to Bhairavasana just before she left for her summer vacation, a challenge indeed. To my surprise Petri taught me the final leg-behind-the-head poses of the third series in Houtskär and had me start working on the first arm balance, Urdhva Kukkutasana A. Compared to Bhairavasana Skandasana is a piece of cake, although Bhairavasana is starting to come along now also, and to my surprise even Durvasana is possible, although everything but straight so far. Urdhva Kukkutasana A is a fun asana, but quite tough as it comes at the end of a long series. I find the third series to be so much fun and very energizing. And although it’s a tough sequence it’s been nice to find that the asanas I once tought totally impossible are not so impossible at all.
After Houtskär and a few days in Helsinki I headed north to spend a few more weeks at the summer-house. We got about one more week of sunshine before it started raining. I spent a lot of the first week on the pier in the sun, reading a good book, the rest was spent picking blueberries and raspberries. When the weather got cooler I spent even more time picking berries, picking 30 liters in total. There was also a lot of planning done for my sister’s upcoming wedding.
And then came the long awaited wedding. What a beautiful day filled with love ♡