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BBC LE Student Blogger | 09:13 UK time, Monday, 24 January 2011

From Leila, Finland


Some of you may remember me years back - from the time - when I was a BBCle blogger, I think it was 2007.
Since then nothing so very extraordinary has happened in my life. Luckily I am healthy enough and everyday life is somewhat in order.

But the time flies by, we have noticed that with our ageing father, who has just move to live in a rest home. It feels as yesterday when he still was a strong man and now he is getting weaker almost daily. His health has been swaying, now we are happy that he is better again and moves about on his own legs.
The picture of him was taken 1940 when he just entered a Finnish Army before going to war, as so many others did in those years.

Leila's father

This year we have had a lot of snow, in Southern Finland also. Here in Northern Finland the snow fall also has been plentiful. The picture below shows a fairly simple way of keeping small roads free of snow. Much more sophisticated snowploughs can be as wide as eight meters.


We are so used to winter conditions that our winter traffic is running more less as per usual; air, road, rail and sea, icebreakers are needed, that is for sure. With railways we have had a bit of bother this year, maybe we should go to Russia to learn! Russian trains are even more reliable during harsh winter days than ours are.
Heavy snow fall has many effects, for example houses have to carry a lot of weight because of snow fall. The picture tells more than my words; please have a look at my husband cleaning our cottage roof.

On the roof

Well, that is all, I hope you guys are happy and enjoy your life to its fullest.


  • Comment number 1.

    Hello, i'm from albania (sorry for my english but i'm here to improve this) and i like this topical subject from you.

    best regards

  • Comment number 2.

    hi iam iman from Palestinian
    the Blogging something wonderful, especially when we are engaged in other
    I liked your topic a lot and move me to a wonderful sense of winter and the fall of snow
    Despite the harsh weather and difficulty of movement and work

    i wish everyone success .

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Leila,
    Actually, I feel cold after your snowy story, but we got used to see this in Europe, to be specific not all of EU, but most of its countries.
    I am not sure if you really like this kind of weather or not, however I like it as I haven't been in snowy place all my life. I hope to visit your beautiful country one day and enjoy skiing.
    Finally, I hope if you and all your family are ok and in a good health, by the way, send my regards to your husband and try to help him.
    See you,

  • Comment number 4.

    Hei, I'm Bing Cheung. I'm a Chinese boy, who are a new college student. I like this topic very much. From it I learn much about different cultures without going abroad. When I came to middle school, I started learning English, which was a little late. I desire learning English well, so that I can communicate with others fluently. Aha, I find this web. Thank you for taking blog out to us.

  • Comment number 5.

    hi Leila I am Amr from Yemen, the pictures are wonderful specially your husband ,when was cleaning the roof , I not seen the snow in real life before just in TV or some pictures see you.

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Leila, it's been very nice to read your blog. Your pictures really refreshed me 'cause today the temperature is 39°C!
    I have to confess that I wouldn't be able to live in extreme cold condition.
    BTW, your father looks very handsome on the pic. Hope he feels comfortable in the rest home.

    See you,

  • Comment number 7.

    Hello dear Leila,

    It's so good to hear from you and what lovely pictures! I send my best wishes to your father and may he be healthy again. The picture of a snow covered road can't ever make me imagine that it is a road. Over here, it snows in the northern parts of Pakistan and it snows so much that the road communication is open only for six months when it's summer.

    Wish you all the best,


  • Comment number 8.

    Hello Leila,
    So glad to "meet" you! I wasn't part of the community in 2007 - so - little did I know that Leila, the commenter from northern Finland, had been a blogger before... I'm getting constantly surprised this month. Well, we Austrians look with admiration and envy to Finland - especially when the results of the "PISA" studies are publicised every 3 years or so. People here invariably ask themselves how it can be that Austrian students rank so low in those tests in comparison with many other countries, and in particular Finland. At the same time conservative forces here are totally unwilling to accept any major changes to the educational system...
    I personally associate Finland with fond memories of a round trip I took at a time when I was young enough to get an interrail ticket and old enough to be allowed to travel on my own... Phantastic, apparently largely unspoilt landscapes come to mind, and - to fit the cliché - elk on the rails forcing the train to stop for a little while.
    Best wishes, and may your roof withstand the snow!
    Elisabeth from Austria

  • Comment number 9.

    Alex, Iman, Dia, Bing Cheung, Amr from Yemen, Cris, Naheed, Elisabeth from Austria...

    I was happy to read you fancied my short introduction to Finnish winter.
    It is cold again, about -20 degrees, wonderfully bright day. We are leaving our darkest days behind us, and now onwards days are getting longer and longer so that during the midsummer the sun stays up in the sky all night and day.

    I recommend that if you are learning English, this site is one way to keep in touch with your studies. In particularly teacher´s blogs are always full of good advice and modern vocabulary. And alas, we students also have a story tell as Bing Cheung mentioned; travel around the world.

    Well, my best to you – old acquaintance and new virtual friends

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi Leila,

    First of all, I would like to wish your father good health and lots of nice days in the nursing home

    Your wintry photos are always so nice. Thankfully, it is not -20 degree here. However, the winter has returned to Slovakia. It is snowing right now and a thin white layer has already covered the ground.

    Best wishes,


  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Leila, thanks for your nice story & pictures... I was just imagining those heavenly scenes..., every where - every thing is white!! In our country, snow fall never happens(may be it last happened thousands of years ago in Ice Age)so when I see it in TV or on picture, I amused. we have a rainy season(one of total 6 seasons). In rainy season, sometimes it rains for days without stopping, at that time people love to stay home, pass their time by watching movies, reading books or simply listening melodies- especially "tagor" song.(we have lots of songs & poems on rain). Oh, another thing, there are some lovely foods that we arranged especially at rainy days. So, Leila, I am very much interested to know about how you people love to pass your snowing days at home when you can't go outside....

    Give my regards to your Father. Your husbanded looks very jolly minded & that's a nice picture, I think you took that one, then you are a good photographer. It's sure You both have passed lots of lovely days...& hope lots of lovely days are ahead...

    Thanks for reading. sorry, my article became big & English is not good.
    Arnob Sharif
    from Bangladesh

  • Comment number 12.

    First of all thank you Anita and Arnob Sharif for your comments also, yes I have taken the photo where my husband is clearing the snow from our roof top. The snow had to be cleared as it was covering the chimney pipe and also the air conditioning pipe next to the chimney in the picture.

    Many accidents happen every year when people are doing the snow work on roofs. As a matter of fact my husband had a safety rope around him, furthermore it was attached to my waist along with I was standing on the other side of house on the ground in case my husband would slip. My weight would stop him slipping all the way down, or the worst case I would have been pulled up in the air!

    Arnob Sharif usually the snow fall means that children and adults also can do lots of outdoor activity such as playing, skiing, ice-skating or just enjoy the weather, if it is not too cold as it is today for example being over – 20 degrees Celsius. Outdoor workers such as builders do not have to work outside all day in these conditions. It was interesting to read what you do when it rains days on end.

  • Comment number 13.

    Dear Leila,

    You are lucky! I live in Brazil, a tropical country, and I have never seen a snow wether. I really like the pictures. Congratulations for your text.

    Best wishes.

    Lourenilson - São Paulo - Brazil

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Leila,
    Nice photos, specially I loved the tractor with openig a snowy road.

  • Comment number 15.

    Dear Leila, the mate! Good to have one in the Oulu land. It´s wonderful to look and read you again! I am sory about your father, however, his army photo is great. I suppose he might be proud on Katrin, another horse rider in the family. Greetings to her, too! As ever, I like the picture of your husband Pekka, though, the invisible image of you being tied on the rope at the other side of the roof brought a bright smile on my face! Yes, the life in there needs surely twoo beings tied firmly. So, I can´t believe you are 61, that´s nothing meaningful at you. I´ll be 53 in a month but in opposite to yours my English knowledge sort of faded out! Hope for many new-year meetings yet for both of us! marianna

  • Comment number 16.

    Lourenilson, Taru and and Marianna, a big HI! It was such a pleasure to meet you again after a long time Marianna, my mate :)

  • Comment number 17.

    Hi dear leila , Welcome back to BBC Blog …. It 's wonderful to read an entry from your side again !As you said time really flies but that 's the life so please let 's don't lost the chances of be life with our families all get together : )
    I think cleaning snow with a shovel is so hectic and it requires powerful arm and using a safety rope was so necessary . In my teenage sometimes I used to clean the snow in our yard and after that my arms always hurt :(
    At the end sorry for my late comment . Hope you will understand me

    ( Plus I really enjoyed reading readers comment as well . happy to read your lines friends !)

  • Comment number 18.


    How to improve my english guide me please.:(

  • Comment number 19.

    I am newly join in BBC blogger and greateful to click of Ms Leila's blog.


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