After a dreary December with no snow and brightened only by the Christmas season, the temperature plunged in January and we had several snowstorms. Most of January was beautiful with crisp temperatures from -25 c. (-13 f.) to -5 c. (+20 f.). We actually preferred the colder weather because it kept the snow fresh and dry. It was beautiful - truly a winter wonderland as reflected in the pictures below.
|We live in an older residential area. Nearby is embassy hill, with many old homes. This is one of Anne's favorites. We enjoy walking through this area.|
|Also nearby is Kaivopuisto, a lovely park. |
In the winter time it is a favorite for outdoor activities such as
cross-country skiing and sledding.
|The children dress in their snowsuits everyday. Outdoor walks are part of the pre-school curriculum even in the coldest of weather! These children are going for a walk through Kaivopuisto.|
|When the weather is clear we enjoy many beautiful sunrises (at 9:30 am) and sunsets (at 3:30 pm). The days are short and there is a real temptation to hibernate!!|
|The countryside also affords some beautiful scenery. This picture was taken at the home of one of the couples with whom we serve at the Temple. It is about a half hour from downtown Helsinki.|
|This is the National Museum. It is one of the neatest buildings in Helsinki. After a snowstorm|
the snow is piled quickly in squares and parks.
|Another Helsinki landmark, the Swedish theater at the head of Mannerheimentie, the main artery serving the downtown area. Note the snow piled on the side of the road.|
|Although the roads are plowed in most places the snow is also sanded and packed down providing a pretty efficient and safe "winter pavement!"|