Talking about the Helsinki Cathedral, I happened to witness a rare moment of sunshine on it a few days before Christmas. Or if I am supposed to believe a recent news report, it wasn’t that rare. They claimed that by the 18th this December had been the sunniest since 2005 for the metropolitan area. By then, we had had no fewer than 15.4 hours of sunshine as opposed to 24 minutes last year. Weren’t we lucky!
The ‘joy’ was short-lived. So far, the latter part of the month has shown us practically nothing but rain, rain and more rain escorted by fierce winds. Today was a cheerful exception: just grey.
I don’t remember this wet an end-of-the-year season ever nor one with such miserable weather throughout. But then again my recollections might go wrong. There might have been something equally bad in the past at a time when I could still stand some cold. Such a time feels so distant these days.
So does the sensation of feeling warm. Thank heaven we have now passed the winter solstice. In less than a week the Lux Helsinki event will light up the city. ‘The Blue Line’ (I told about in my post of last January here) will be accompanied by a fresh set of light installations we can’t miss whatever the weather. As long as we will be brave enough to step out of the car, that is.