How long does five years of sunshine storage last?
I had five years of sunshine stored up from the UAE when we moved here. Everyone was so worried about how the dark winters here would affect me, but I saw it as some much needed Reverse SAD therapy.
Well, I think my sunshine stores ran out yesterday. We were on a bike ride and it was only a couple of degrees above zero and between bouts of fickle sunshine, we were getting snowed on. SNOWED ON. I try to keep a positive attitude about weather (it is a skill I had five years to hone in the UAE), but I confess that if I were a swearing person, I would have...sworn. Like, it's April. It's THE END of April. And my son is still wearing a snowsuit and winter boots when he plays outside.
I remember last year that spring/summer burst furiously and suddenly upon us right around Vappu on April 30th. Literally on a Monday we were wearing winter coats and on the following Saturday we were wearing short sleeves. So I am gritting my teeth until then.
And now I know how long five years of sunshine storage lasts: two Finnish winters.
PS, yesterday marked two years since I came to Turku for my interview, and it's a milestone I cannot help but mark. When I was here on my own in April 2015, I took pictures of the river and the cathedral. Yesterday, we rode our bikes to the ruins of the oldest church in Turku, discovered in 2013 and dating back to the 12th or 13th century. So I didn't get my annual photo of Tuomiokirkko, but I'll take random medieveal ruined kirkko instead!