(Cross-posted on my Jacob's Blog.)
True to form, the Midsummer Rose has bloomed in the Kampitie Garden.
Yesterday, Annikki and I went on a stone collecting trip invited by Matti (Masa) Moisa to his special place on the beach in Martiniemi. It was a fascinating experience as we had to go through quite unspoilt forest to reach the small rocky beach that Matti has converted into a rock museum.
Annikki was wild with excitement as she saw the wild flowers including the Lily of the Valley and many more that I do not know the names for. But she knew them all, bringing to the fore the immense valuable knowledge in my better half's brain.
Matti has constructed one small stone castle on the beach, which is his morning sunbathing castle. He is busy creating his second castle which will serve as his evening sunbathing castle!
Here are a couple of pictures of the stones in his stone museum.
This copper coloured stone took my fancy.
Matti has developed his own rudimentary, but obviously very effective, technique of moving enormous stones to their resting place on the beach.
The scenery from the beach was truly breathtaking.
One of the beauties of Matti's collection is the stone-age computer keyboard!
Here is the haul of stones that Annikki and Matti made yesterday. It appears to be the start of a beautiful friendship!
On our way home after a most enjoyable evening on the beach I saw my first ant-hill in Finland. I just had to stop and take a photograph of it.
Thank you Matti for such a wonderful evening in the wilds of Finnish nature just half an hour from the centre of Oulu!
This Sunday's CHAFF meeting will be very small as most people are out of town for Midsummer, but do join us at the Pailin Restaurant (Kenttätoe 9, Kasarmi Area, 90100 Oulu) at 13:00 hours, as some of us will be there, as usual!