Category Archives: Weather

Summer Solstice xià zhì 夏至 Jun 21st

This year the summer solstice falls on the 21st of June. This event is celebrated in many places. Not surprisigly in Sweden and Finland it is a big holiday with lots of public festivities. It is a holiday tied to … Continue reading

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Hot Summer Days and Light Summer Reading

We are finally getting days of heat and humidity, the kind that will have clouds piling up by noon and dark skies by two or three. The wind begins to pick up and you hear the thunder. It means working in … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – A Day of Recreation

I really wanted to get out and do something different on the Monday of the holifay weekend but most activities were on Sunday or Saturday when I volunteer at the rescue thrift. Finally I found that a local museum, The … Continue reading

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Grain in Ear máng zhǒng 芒种 Jun 6th

On June 6th the solar term of Grain in Ear began. China is divided by climate into a wheat growing north and a rice growing south. At this time in the north the wheat becomes ripe and in the south … Continue reading

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Small Full (Grain) xiǎo mǎn 小满 May 21st .

On May 21st we moved into the Chinese calendar solar term of Small Ful. This refers to the grain and seed crops which are now beginning to become plump, but are not yet ripe. As an example, my blackberry bushes … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Longing for a Real Living Space

The weather has been conducive to growth and with everything going on the lawn was out of hand. My neighbor Nelly offered the use of her power mower and in desperation I accepted the offer. The grass was just getting … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – The Farmer’s Market is Back

Last week the farmer’s market opened. The few vendors that came did not have much but I got some nice spring onions and leaf lettuce. There were some hothouse tomatoes. Unlike the store hothouse tomatoes these were quite red so … Continue reading

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