Dream-time – peace time
What can I say! All your comments touched me deeply, and the wisdom behind them was so very evident. When writing this blog on Saturday, the weather is very fine-looking, there is a shadow of sun light over the horizon, the new snow has fallen on the ground and the temperature is only – 4 degrees Celsius. Peace on earth!
You may remember that the Finnish Independence day is being celebrated very soon. Ana Paula you asked how the day is celebrated. Well the Finnish President gives a formal reception in Helsinki; a couple of thousand people are invited, I don´t remember exactly the number. There are also other smaller functions all around the country and people at homes may light a candle. Candles are also burning on the graves of those who died during the war. The day is also a holiday; many people do all sorts of outdoor activity, such skiing, walking or just being together. Me and the “hubby” maybe are also going to spend the day outdoors.
Just a few words about the feedback from you; I was sorry to hear that there is still so much uncertainty, unrest and turmoil around the world. Kirsti thank you for replying to Mikhail, I also had a look at the Wikipedia site you mentioned, I did add a new link for those of you, who are interested to read more about the subject. Please note that the neutrality of the article is disputed.
So Christmas time is near. I mentioned that approximately 600 Charter flights arrive to Finnish Lapland in December. British visitors form England, Scotland and Ireland are been flown to experience the Christmas magic with us. About 115 000 visitors spend a few active days, mainly taking part in the outdoor activities, in the Finnish Lapland. You can well understand how important it is for Finland to host so many “tourists” every year. We still have a lot to do making our service packages such that they will appeal from year to year. Santa is of course one of the main attractions, snow we almost always have this time of the year, and I must say that we are also learning to buff up the service packages from year to year.
I have noted your request about the Finnish education system. I must do some research work before replying, as you may recall that I have lived abroad for about 12 years, and it is such a long time since I was at school. I promise to get some current information together. I myself am a life time learner.
The home work: Rachel thank you pointing out my weak points, using the articles is a difficult issue for me. I hopefully understood your very simple advice (a good counseling is always easy to comprehend). So I will have a go.
1. Tomatoes and cucumbers are grown in glasshouses.
2. Regarding the subject matters you have wished for.
3. We could hear a rattling while sitting.
4. To wish my parents a happy wedding anniversary.
5. The movie would give me a bad taste of the book.
6. The plot of the film was set in the history.
7. The building has…. The false ceiling is made of plywood.
The more I spend looking at the BBC Learning English site, the more convinced I became for it´s purpose.
The more I read about Australia, the more I want to go there.
It was too spicy a curry for Owen to eat.
It is too big a pile of laundry to do at once.
Vocabulary exercise: Spring to mind > pops to mind, Out law > a person without protection of the law (criminal), Bushranger > a person who has taken a law to his own hands, Strung out > stressed out, I am hard pressed > difficult to do something, Don´t get me wrong > by the way…
The Aboriginal dream-time legend was touching. Because of it, I took a photo of my tea-shirt with Aboriginal design. With this photo I want to say: Let us all dream of peace!
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