Unwelcomed visitors

Last Thursday (30th October) I drove to the cabin to drop off the trailer.  When I got out of my car I noticed part of the door frame laying on the  veranda floor.

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On closer inspection I saw that my cabin had been broken in to!!

They had gone through all the draws


and containers


They found the keys to all the doors, but destroyed all the doors and locks anyway.

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There were 5 other cabins that were also broken in to, including Teres’ parent cabin where they also broke 2 windows.

They took a variety of tools and cans of petrol and diesel + my neighbours grandson’s snowmobile!

We spent the weekend at the cabin, but instead of a relaxing, fun weekend; I spent the weekend cleaning and repairing doors.

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On Saturday it snowed heavily, but we got out ok with the cars on Sunday.

snowfall lapland


A reindeer stuck in a tree!!

A German woman telephoned me today from Wildnisdorf Solberget. She could not speak Swedish and her English was not so good, but I understood her to say “there has been an accident and a reindeer is stuck in a tree!”

She was living there alone so I agreed to come straight away and help her. These pictures show what I found when I got there.

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The reindeer had been laying there all night.

With help from a local reindeer herder, we felled one of the birches and then lifted the reindeer up and released its leg. Once it had got the feeling back in its leg, we were pleased to see that it started to walk around and soon after started feeding.

It could be a long winter.

Last Thursday night and during most of Friday 20cms of snow fell.  It then turned to rain and by Monday most of the snow had disappeared!! Apparently the weather lore that I wrote about last time does not apply if the snow melts due to rain!!

There are a large number of mice and voles at the moment, and consequently the local population of Hawk Owls has increased.

Hawk Owl Lapland

Local weather lore

Thought I would write about a couple of examples of local weather lore relating to the first snow of winter.

  1. If the first snow to fall settles under the trees, the snow will remain.  If there is still bare ground under the trees, the snow will disappear!
  2. If it snow’s three times without the snow melting, then the snow will remain for the rest of the winter.

The snow has settled under the trees and it has snowed three times without the melting so it would appear that the snow is here to stay!!

A night at the cabin

I had planned to travel to the cabin early on Saturday morning, but we had a significant fall of snow here in Nattavaara on Friday I so I had to change the tyres on the cars, from summer to winter tyres.

I arrived at the cabin in the middle of the afternoon, with the temperature already below freezing, but surprisingly there had been very little snow fall there.  I made fire in the cabin to get it warm inside,

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and then gathered some pieces of scrap wood and made a bird table.

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It only took about a half-hour before the birds started to come and feed.

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By the early evening the cabin was warn inside and cosy with light from both the oil lamps and the open fire.

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I slept well and next morning I got up early and drove home.  Will this be my last visit to the cabin this year….we shall see.