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,

fire in cabin

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

bird table (Medium)

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

siberian jay feeding (Medium)

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

evening in cabin (Medium)

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.


Work has begun to repair the boat house

Before leaving for England, I had a weekend at the cabin.  The boat house is leaning more and more towards the lake and I have not been able to store the boat inside for over a year now, so I decided (with help from Teres’ dad) to begin repairs.

boat house-1 (Large)

We attached a winch between the back of the boat house and the concrete foundation under the sauna and pulled the boat house backwards until it was reasonably vertical.

boat house-2 (Large)

I have then screwed fast horizontal and diagonal supports to the walls and roof  inside the boat house to keep it vertical once the winch was released.

boat house-3 (Medium)

This is just a temporary repair so that the boat house survives the winter.  Nest year the real work will begin to re-build it!!

3rd day in Muddus

After breakfast, the bags and reindeer were packed.

muddus cabin-2 (Small)

The reindeer bags have to be packed so that both weigh the same.  We have a small set of weighing scales to ensure they are the right weight.

packing reindeer bags (Small)

The last day was a 14km walk to where the minibus would collect us.  I was very disappointed with the nature in Muddus on this occasion.  We saw no sign of bears, no Moose and only 1 Golden Eagle, 1 Sea Eagle and 1 Capercaillie.

I hope we see more next year!!

2nd day in Muddus

The first job of the morning is to take the reindeer to a nearby stream or lake to drink.

reindeer drinking (Medium)

They take the opportunity to eat a little also.

reindeer in front of lake (Small)

After breakfast we packed all the food and equipment and were on our way, to cover a distance of 11kms to the next cabin.

me with reindeer (Small)

The next cabin was at the beautiful Muddus Waterfall

muddus waterfall (Medium)

We all cooked a meal together and spent a relaxing evening around a fire.

1st day in Muddus

We had to cover a distance of 11kms during our first days trek.  A reindeer can carry 25 kilo’s of equipment,

packing reindeer (Small)

but ours were only carrying 14 kilo’s (including their own food which was dried pellets).

walking with reindeer (Small)

We arrived at our destination at 4pm

muddus cabin (Small)

I set up my hammock and planned to sleep out, but there were so many biting insects later in the evening that I retreated to the cabin!

reindeer from hammock (Medium)

I also climbed up the 18 metre high observation tower, but saw nothing.

muddus bird tower (Medium)

The view was great though!

view from bird tower (Medium)