13 toukokuuta 2022

Friday Bliss #191- Spring Mix


May has continued chilly & rainy with day temperatures around 15 C and nights close to zero. 
This means that new growth is very slow. So far only ground covers and maples are blooming,
lilacs showing tiny buds.








Yesterday was a historical day in Finland. President Niinistö and Prime Minister Marin
said yes to Nato in a joint statement and that Finland should leave its application
without delay. In less than three months there has been a radical opinion change.
 Even PM Marin said in January that joining Nato during her government is highly unlikely.
The latest opinion polls show that 76 % of the Finns are for Nato.

Day before yesterday when PM Boris Johnson visited Finland a reporter asked president Niinistö
that isn’t applying for Nato considered a provocation by Vladimir Putin. 
Niinistö said that ”You caused this yourself. Look in the mirror.” Video on Youtube.


Handsome grandson Anton (the one who plays icehockey) celebrated his Old People’s Day. 
Old People's Day (de äldstes dag in Swedish) is a celebration by second-year 
high school students, the most characteristic features being formal wear and 
a dance performance, 'old dances’. This happening is celebrated throughout Finland 
and the boys are handsome and the girls beautiful in their princess dresses.




Koivut ovat hiirenkorvilla  ❤︎ Birches show ’mouse ears’ ❤︎


Happy Spring Weekend!

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47 kommenttia:

  1. Good morning Riita,
    there is a lot to see and beautiful flowers.
    It's cold where you are, we have the most beautiful weather here and I'm happy when I can go outside.
    Politics is such a thing and I won't say anything more about it. I don't understand any more.
    Have a good time and I send you my best regards, Eva

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. I don’t talk much about politics either, but this decision is very important to Finland. Have a sunny weekend.

      Poista
  2. Both the photos of flowers and dances are absolutely beautiful. Anton looks very handsome. Enjoy the slow spring.

    -Soma

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. The vigor of the spring is unbelievable, even if it has been cool. The green is wonderful for the eye 💚💚

      Poista
  3. Your photos are beautiful, even if new growth is slow. I thought of you when I hear the news about Finland. Keep safe.

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thank you. Hopefully everything goes well in regards to Nato.

      Poista
  4. Pretty flowers are blooming everywhere. Your grandson has grown into a handsome young man.

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Anton is a nice and handsome young man indeed.

      Poista
  5. Your grandson looks smart and handsome. True, May has not been any special, so far.
    Happy weekend! 🌷

    VastaaPoista
  6. Draga Riitta,
    Neinelesul joc si otravitorul interes politic al lumii paleste, pe langa magica PRIMAVARA si minunata FAMILIE!!!
    Adorabile poze.
    Imbratisari,
    Mia

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thank you for your comment Mia, sunny weekend.

      Poista
  7. Lovely photos of the ball - how charming! And the flowers are beautiful. The Nato issue must be stressful but realistically, it's only provocation if your neighbor planned on invading. If they stayed on their side of the border, then you being in Nato or not is irrelevant. It is unbelievable really that any of this is happening. Good luck

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Russia’s attitudes, lies and attack on Ukraine are really incomprehensive. All this has stolen most of my energy. But the awakening spring is a great thing.

      Poista
  8. You show flower-power from the spring - beautiful blossoms and the trees with mai-green looks so hopeful. Yes my mother and I hear the answer and it was a really good answer from your president!
    Greetings from Germany
    Kirsi

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. I was very proud of president Niinistö. Even his English sounded better on the interview with Boris Johnson.

      Poista
  9. Dearest Riitta,
    April was (mostly) cold and rainy here, but spring has arrived in early May and summer has started in the last few days. Yesterday we had 30 degrees. It's raining again today, but that's supposedly just a brief interlude before a summery weekend...
    Yes, NATO membership is now being discussed everywhere, including in Austria. I am in a conflict. I was always happy to live in a neutral state, but of course I also see the threat.
    Your grandson Anton is really VERY handsome. I find it funny that the festival is called Old People's Day when I look at all these young people :-)
    I wish you a wonderful and happy spring weekend, too!
    All the best, Traude

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Hi Traude,
      I’ll explain a bit the idea behind The Old People’s Day. You see, those who will take their student examination in the spring leave the school dressing themselves as small kids. So now the second year pupils will be the oldest of the school. I hope you got the idea.

      Yes Anton is smart, handsome and sporty. Every mother-in-love’s dream 😃

      Poista
  10. Lovely flowers and gowns! It is good to see good these days. 💕

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. The young look really sweet dancing old dances!

      Poista
  11. Yea for Finland!!!!! If all the good people stand together we could change the trend toward darkness and nastiness.. there is more goodness in the world than evil. Your grandson and his dance are heart warming, all the kids are so beautiful. Your pictures are all so pretty, perfect shadows and light

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. We are happy indeed now that this decision has been finally made! Young kids are all so beautiful. Happy weekend Leeanna.

      Poista
  12. Thank you for hosting. Wishing you and Finland all the best!

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Warmly welcome Cloudia, nice to get to know you.

      Poista
  13. ...it's tough living next to a bully!

    VastaaPoista
  14. Yes it is, but could be worse.

    VastaaPoista
  15. Hello Riitta, What a handsome young grandson you have. I have never heard of this celebration of "old people's days" and think it would be a lot of fun. Spring is such a beautiful time of year and I imagine you are so glad to see the early flowers blooming. The war in Ukraine has certainly caused a shift in thinking in many parts of the world.

    VastaaPoista
  16. The big change in opinion is understandable! Your handsome grandson is looking good in formal gear:)

    VastaaPoista
  17. Lovely flowers and the young people look fantastic!
    I hope the villain is defeated soon.

    VastaaPoista
  18. beautiful pictures of spring with delicate flowers. i like the maple blossom very much - here it's already over! anton is a very handsome young man. the girls will fawn over him ;))!
    have a sunny and warm weekend, dear riitta!
    mano

    VastaaPoista
  19. Spring flowers are lovely! Your grandson is very handsome and the dancers are very pretty.

    VastaaPoista
  20. Dear Riitta,
    I have another post for you :-)
    Happy Sunday and hugs from here,
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/05/monatsruckblick-auf-den-april-teil-2.html

    VastaaPoista
  21. PS: Didn't my other comment (from yesterday) get through?

    VastaaPoista
  22. Dearest Riitta; I always love to see gorgeous flowers from your country♬ Oh; I LOVE the way you make collage. I wish I will learn how to do from you; I know it is not possible though p;-)
    Lots of love; Miyako from Japan

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. I made these collages using Photoscape Miyako Warm greetings.

      Poista
  23. Liebe Riitta,
    der Wetterunterschied zwischen Finnland und Deutschland ist schon sehr groß. Wir haben hier mittlerweile um die 30 Grad tagsüber und Nachts fällt das Thermometer nicht mehr unter 10 Grad und es regnet auch viel zu wenig. Da scheint mir das finnländische Wetter besser zu sein.
    Ich kann gut verstehen, dass Finnland Mitglied der Nato werden möchte und sehr wahrscheinlich auch wird. Leider muss man Putin alles zutrauen.
    Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen Sonntag.

    Viele liebe Grüße
    Wolfgang

    VastaaPoista
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    1. 30 C is very hot for me, I prefer it cooler. Today Finland has made an official decision to apply for Nato membership. I think Sweden will do the same.

      Poista
  24. Me encantan las flores, tu nieto se ve muy guapo y los demás en el baile. Espero que a Finlandia le vaya todo bien, siempre te recuerdo cuando oigo hablar de tu país. Besos.

    VastaaPoista

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