Marja-Leena Rathje
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Yesterday's surprise when the clouds lifted: the mountain tops dressed in white. Beautiful - the first of this fall.

The weather report warned of a chance of frost overnight: I scrambled to take cuttings of some of my pelargoniums and bring in a few pots.

No frost here last night. Today I potted up the cuttings, but have much more to do yet. Such a procrastinator am I, though I partially blame some uninvited guests (the rainy weather and this cold bug that is overstaying).

Marja-Leena | 22/10/2012 | 16 comments
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Beautiful misty mountains. Your pictures reminded me of something I wondered about the west coast ranges. I wonder why the Cascades in BC don't have the pointy tops? You only missed having Mt. Baker by a few miles :-)

I hope you're feeling better soon and that the frost stays away from your garden til the work is done.

Susan, that's a good question, something I'd never thought of. BC has many mountain ranges, probably the Rockies are the pointiest? As you probably remember, we can see Mt. Baker from many areas around Vancouver and the Fraser Valley and sometimes it looks so very close. It it weren't for that border... And thanks, I'm in a darn hurry to get better with so much to do in the garden and in the studio!

Frost like mist has aesthetic compensations as your photos demonstrate.

How absolutely beautiful -- like sugar-dust!

Brr! My tropical bones ache at the sight of those cold mountains. But it is beautiful and I know you love the cool and cold weather.
I'll be in Seattle soon, where the weather is turned, so I'm very glad for my wonderful alpaca sweater from Peru!

Joe, yes, the aesthetic indeed. I love the look of snow, if not always its existence too early in the year, should it have come down at our elevation.

Beth, yes, like sugar-dust indeed!

Hattie, I know you don't like the cold, being used to tropical climates. The Seattle weather is not far different from us, maybe a degree or two warmer in the daytime when I looked. That sweater must be gorgeous and will be just right in Seattle. Enjoy!

Be well.

(Curl up and read a book!)

We had an afternoon snow a few weeks ago, but luckily my nose was in a book, and I missed it....

Marly, thank you, my dear! I am reading some silly light Finnish fiction, books that were sent to me by a dear aunt in my youth. It's so long since I read these that I've completely forgotten them. My Finnish is improving... not sure if my mind is :-)

The weather keeps changing almost by the minute. Thought it was to be sunny today - had planned to do some more cuttings, little by little with rest periods in between...

our weather here should be taken a fast turn to colder this week. Hasn't yet, today, except in Lapland where it is snowing, but I'm going down South to Helsinki day after tomorrow and it should be below freezing everywhere by then.

I did know it before the weather forecast and that was because the tilts have been knocking on our balcony now about a week, setting in the window sills and definitely DEMANDING, and they know how to. Also berry eating birds came two weeks ago and emptied our rowan berries, so there are those two kinds of winter birds that tell exactly when the change happens.

I don't know if the scientists know how the birds know, but they do.

Marjatta, I just read that snow may be coming as far south as Helsinki so I hope you have no problems with travel and that you have a great time there.

I agree that the behaviour of the birds are a good weather gauge. In our garden there is small tree with ornamental red berries (I forget the name) that can last all winter, but in some years will be completely eaten up in a few days by hungry birds on their way south. Does that presage a colder winter ahead or did they not find enough food north of us? I've never figured it out.

My work has been over the top these past several months, and now I see this topped-by-powder-sugar-mountains. Lovely! And I can leave comments without frantically searching for the password. Why am I so organized in some things and so hopeless in others? I should live near mountains, which lend calm and beauty to the days.

Rouchswalwe, glad you are finding commenting easier since I went back to this present setup. Sorry to hear you are overworked. You would enjoy gazing on these mountains - welcome!

Marja-Leena, your photos are stunning.Those crystallized sugar mountain-tops, good enough to eat.
And the photos below as well - you're always discovering new miracles in the natural world, things we mostly miss because we're not paying enough attention.
Hope you're feeling better; this is the season for winterish malaise.
Sorry I'm such a rare visitor, you know how it goes! Have just finished self-publishing La Vie en Rosé.

Natalie, thanks for the compliments! Still working on the wellness front and made it out this morning to run some errands. Just before I went out I saw your post this morning about the book - congratulations on all that hard work! I need a nap now so will be back later.

Forgot to say that I posted those Hepworth drawings for a doctor-artist couple (the doctor now in Afghanistan.)

Marly, I hope they enjoy them as much as I have. Thanks!