At last, the temperature visited below freezing point and it is starting to feel like mid-December. On Sunday, we finally dropped by to have a look at the artisan stalls at the Christmas Market on the other side of the river only a couple of blocks from here. It was the last day of the market that had been open in the recently renovated old storehouses on the Luostarin Välikatu, the cobblestone street that used to lead from a Dominican monastery to the town centre and the Cathedral (above), and at the Old Great Square (below) every weekend since late November. The artisan stalls at the present Market Square will be open until the 22nd.
Later that afternoon, we drove to the Kakskerta island to sing (that’s me) and listen to (that’s hubby) some of the greatest Christmas carols together with a churchful of people of all ages. I’ve been arranging the final kitchen cabinets plus uncovering the decorations. In a few days, our new home will be dressed for Yuletide. Now that we are living in a downtown apartment I don’t think even snowless conditions will cast a shadow on the season if only we would be spared from rain.