We slept until late this morning, it’s so peaceful here at the Finnish summer cottage. After enjoying a brunch of pancakes with strawberries and yoghurt we relaxed on the terrace awhile soaking up the beautiful views.
We decided to take some exercise and go for a walk to pick some berries and mushrooms. Fortunately for me, my Finnish friend is also small and we share the same shoe size meaning that she could equip me with rubber boots for our forest walk. Equipped with a berry picking device ‘poimuri’ and little wooden baskets we set off on our way.
The plan was to try and pick some chanterelle mushrooms and also some blueberries. Our friend had some good ideas of where we might find them. There were plenty of the delicious chanterelle mushrooms to be found so we picked enough for dinner. Moving on to a different location in the forest we looked in swamps for cloudberries but they were not ready but we did manage to collect a bowl of blueberries to eat for dessert. I hadn’t used the ‘poimuri’ device before but they are a really clever invention, all you need to do is rub it along the blueberry bushes and then the berries magically drop off and appear in the container ready to transfer to our little baskets. Whilst walking in the forest I felt myself getting badly bitten, why oh why did I not bother to apply some insect repellent before setting off!
Returning to the cottage I needed to apply sting relief to my insect bites to relieve the itchiness, I was the only one to get bitten! With our produce we then prepared dinner making a delicious sauce using the chanterelle mushrooms to eat with some chicken and then for dessert we ate the blueberries we had just picked served with whipped cream.
We again spent the evening chatting on the terrace, sipping wine and above all enjoying the tranquil Finnish countryside overlooking Lake Saimaa.
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