Life Beyond Buckthorns

23rd of May 2017 came and went. Why is that an important date anyway? Well, it's the one-year anniversary of our life in Finland. On the 23rd of May 2016 my Mum picked us up from the Tampere airport and brought us back to the house, which was completely jam-packed with moving boxes.

Installation of Our PV System - Picture Journal

Another throwback Thursday post!

As our photovoltaic system is back up and producing effectively after a Finnish winter break, I thought let's take a little picture journey back to July 2016 when the PV system was installed!

When the Water Line Freezes

When I installed the electric water pipe heating I thought I was done. Until the temperature hit -22°C. We had that temperature for about 2 days and when that happened it resulted in a frozen water pipe. 

Installing Electric Water Pipe Heating

Our fresh water pipe enters the house sideways, which means we have a small hut attached to the house, in which the water pipes comes in from below ground and enter the house through the wall. This is pretty practical in a Rintamamiestalo.

A House with Two Fireplaces

As the header says, our house has two beautiful, old fireplaces, and finally both of them are operational!

Our Cozy Winter Home

The winter has arrived, and even though this is not the High North of Westerors it does get cold in here too. Well, we are in latitude 61°, which is not very high up in Finland but looking at it globally it very much is! We get the winters the latitude suggests: cold, snowy, long.

How We Chose Our Photovoltaic System

One of our early decisions when we started discussing moving to Finland was that we want to strive towards energy autonomy.

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Bee on a calendula flower
Blue cornflowers
4.6KWP Photovoltaic system on a house in Finland
Green peas growing
Biogas Workshop in Parainen, Finland
Pickled green tomatoes it is
Mega Zucchini ready for seed collection
Three deer in the snow