Surprise weekend at a cottage

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cottage weekend

cottage weekend

I feel both very relaxed and very tired after the weekend. I spent it at a cottage on the countryside with a small group. It was also one of my sister’s surprise birthday party. Who knew keeping a secret from your sister was that stressful? It was all worth it though. The look on her face, when I took a snapchat video and told her where we were going, was so pure and joyous.

A weekend in the middle of the nature was also something, I very much looked forward to.

I feel very relaxed, because for two days, I didn’t browse my phone or watch TV. For two days I basically had no electricity, no running water or the sound of speeding cars in my ears. I feel peaceful, because I got to lay on the grass, swing in the hammock and float around a pond on a floating device. I also got to see a rare butterfly, carry my own water from the well and dance through the night.

But I’m also very tired. I’m tired, because mosquitos liked to not only eat me alive, but also keep me awake with their annoying buzz. I’m tired, because I hunted for two days. I hunted for horseflies. But only when they came at me which was only constantly. I’m not sure if the word ‘horsefly slayer’ suits me, but that’s what I like to call myself. And I guess I’ll admit it – I’m also tired from dancing through the night.

Ah – the pros and cons of spending some time on a summer cottage. The count for mosquito bites is uncountable, but you just can’t beat a weekend in the middle of the nature. The feeling of waking up, opening the door, and being basically in the middle of the forest is just beautiful.

And coming home, taking a shower, scrubbing all the dirt from your feet and watching your favorite tv-show is also quite awesome.

sisters
photo: Inka Lähteenaro

Weekend at a cottage

ice hole swimming

my cottage weekend

cottage ice hole
What wouldn’t you do for that perfect instagram photo?
frozen lake
Straight from the cover of Vogue

Not everyone knows that I’m actually quite the country girl. I’m not afraid of going to a cottage with no running water or electricity. Quite the opposite – usually those extreme conditions make the trip even more enjoyable. Though on this particular cottage we had electricity.

What else? Well I…

… went ice hole dipping eight times – that’s a personal record

… sat in the sauna for almost three hours – also maybe a personal record?

… fell on my arse quite gracefully while running naked to the ice hole

… walked on a frozen lake and almost got a heart attack, when my boot sank a little

… bought new rain boots, which were surprisingly comfortable to walk in (and I dare myself to use them in the city as well)

… laughed a lot

… won Trivial Pursuit after a long and excruciating game

… fell even more in love with the Finnish nature

I thought I would just share this little update of my weekend and share these photos (which I personally love, and I have to say my sister’s phone has superb camera). I hope your Easter was relaxing!

And hey, remember to participate in the jewellery giveaway on the earlier post.