Dear Pine, great to see you again, and great to see you are living and growing. I came past here yesterday and saw your trunk, which used to be bent, now fallen completely to the ground. Now when I look at it I see that there is a breech but you are not broken, you simply grow partly along the ground. Great that nothing worse happened. It is almost two years, yes, almost exactly two years since I was here so there has been time for many storms. I was nevertheless surprised, because this part of your trunk is really thick and strong. But things happen. I have been thinking of you sometimes because you were the first pine tree, the first tree that I started talking with. And here comes the wind. I already wondered where it had gone, because it is usually windy here on the western shore of Örö island. Yes, I visited you seven times in the year 2021 and you were the first pine tree or any tree that I started to talk to rather than write letters to. And that I have been doing more and more. And I thank you for the impulse to do that, actually. Thinking of what has happened to you during these two years it seems very obvious, because here you are lying now, although there are two trunks that rise upwards as usual. And what has happened to me, well. Partly inspired by you and also meetings with other pines here in Örö and elsewhere I instigated a new project called Pondering with Pines, Miettii mäntyjen kanssa, Funderar med furor, which I have worked on these recent two years focusing especially on pines. Not only tall old pines but all kinds of pines instead of trees in general. And I got a new home, a new apartment in Stockholm one year ago, or rather now, half a year ago, actually, which we share with my brother and his wife, in principle, although in practice I am the one living there, a week or two every month. And it’s really great. What else can I say has happened? I have visited some residencies, although not that many. This year only Mazzano Romano in Italy, near Rome. And there I expected to find many pines of the special Italian type or Mediterranean variation. Exactly in Mazzano Romano there were not so many of them, however, but more oak trees. And yes, I have written about pines and also visited some new pines. Right now I’m visiting a pine near Essingeleden in Stockholm and I’m talking with a pine in Kaivopuisto Park in Helsinki. I have also started a podcast called Talking with Trees with most of the conversations in English although a few I recorded in Swedish. And actually my conversations with you were the first group of podcast episodes that I published in Swedish. I wonder whether they were the first group over all, or whether my letters to the spruce on Harakka Island perhaps were the first ones. Well, it doesn’t matter, I’m telling you all this trying to emphasise how important you have been to me and still are, and how I wish that you will not give up but will keep growing even in this part that I’m now sitting on that is resting on the ground. In some ways it is perhaps easier not to have to withstand the wind but rather rest on the ground in peace, because there is room. And you have the same or almost the same light on the ground as high up while you pines grow sparsely here on the beach. Right now it is cold.The sand is glistening with plenty of frost and it feels strange to walk on sand that is hard as a snow crust because the surface is frozen. The light is wonderful and I know you like it, too. Now I will wish you a very happy end of the year. And a happy new year as well, while I don’t think I will be able come here again this year. This is the first time since the spring one and a half years ago, so it might take some time before we meet again. If I can come to Örö again I will surely visit you. All the best to you and take care.