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what a beautiful blue sky! i'm looking out on more gray rainy chilly weather this morning, so your sunshine is delightful :)
Yes, we have had a beautiful Easter weekend. Another month, and perhaps the ice&snow will be gone, too...
That's such a huge open space!!!!How long are your days this time of year?
That´s a lake! I have a picture taken in the same spot last summer, it´s in this post:http://www.viktoriasbookshelf.blogspot.se/2012/09/home-is-not-so-bad.htmlWe passed the vernal equinox two weeks ago, so our days are slightly longer than our nights. And this will continue until Midsumer´s Eve, when the sun just dips slightly below the horizon. We are not above the polar circle, but more or less, June and July is one long day.
That's CRAZY. I have never experienced anything like that, although, in Manchester I remember the winter days being (somewhat) abnormally short. So on your longest days, the sun goes to the horizon, dips below it and comes back up? How does this affect the way you sleep?
Also, When does the lake thaw out?
The lake thaws out sometime in May. It can vary a few weeks, depending on the temperatures. When we celebrate Walpurgis Night, on the last of April, there is still some snow left, but not much. I hate the thawing period and pretty much keep my head down (in a book) until the bird-cherry starts to blossom, which to me is when it´s summer for real. That´s in June. On this page you can see maps of the ice roads that open every winter in January. They are very important to the islanders, much of transportation goes on in the winter, when you can drive to the islands:http://www.lulea.se/samhalle--gator/gator-och-offentlig-plats/isvagar.htmlBeing deprived of light in winter can be a real danger to one´s health. I use a sunlight lamp every day during the dark season. If I don´t, I get really to-the-bone tired, unattentive, and depressed. And sleeping can be hard in summer. For many it´s worse in the spring, the transition can be really hard, and spring-depression is common. We use dark blinds, and I have a sleepmask on often. I suppose I am conditioned by now to fall asleep just by the feeling of elastic around my head ;-).