Not so many chanterelles but a great year for ceps (boletus). We had a risotto al funghi tonight with forest mushrooms.
Wet and windy weather on its way so I decided to improve the wind breaker around the red birch tree. The winds off the sea are funnel up the Pojo fjord and come straight through our area. When the tree is a bit bigger and stronger we will be able to take the wind breaker away. I think we will also build up a natural wind breaker of red alder on the lake shore.
A few weeks ago we read an article in the local Espoo newspaper about a birch tree in Matinkyla (near where we live) which had mysteriously turned red. No one is quite sure why this happens, Our own tree comes from a wild birch tree like the one in Matinkyla which morphed into a red birch. It is quite a rare occurrence.
The rowan trees (pihlaja in Finnish) are covered in berries. They are yet to turn bright red though. The trees are short of water and the leaves are already turning brown. This tree is on the sandy moraine ridge behind the cabin, which is a sun trap.
There is a saying in Finnish that rowan trees never carry two loads: either lots of berries or lots of snow. So, plenty of berries means we are in for only moderate snowfall-