Easter ice fishing

My family have been at me cabin for a week over Easter but unfortunately I was not well enough to go with them.  Really disappointed because they had a Bear visiting the cabin each night and I could have got some nice pictures!!

I spent Easter at home, but did get out to do a bit of ice fishing, though I caught nothing!!


It was really warm in the sunshine, but there was a cold north wind blowing

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Of course I made fire to cook coffee

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and grill sausage

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During the weekend I saw the first Common Cranes of the year, Rough-legged Buzzard and Pine Grosbeak.

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Snow Buntings

The new contract mobile phone I have received (A Samsung Galaxy Express 2)  has NFC – Near Field Communication, as does my Panasonic TZ40 camera.  By touching the two devices together I can then operate my camera remotely via my telephone.  In the picture below you can see my camera out on the snow

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Sitting in my car I can then see on my telephone, what my camera is seeing and using the Panasonic Image App I can fully control the camera via my telephone.

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Here are the end results of some pictures I took of Snow Buntings..

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Crisp Bread

I tried making my own crisp bread last weekend and the end result was very pleasing.

The ingredients are as follows;

2dl maze flour

1/2dl sesame seads

1/2dl linseeds

3/4dl sunflower seeds

1/4dl pumpkin seeds

1/2dl olive oil

2 1/2dl boiled water

salt flakes

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First put all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly

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Add the boiled water and mix into a paste and spread over greaseproof paper in a baking tray.  Score with a knife to make it easier to divide into pieces once cooked and sprinkle a little salt over .

Place in the oven (pre-heated to 150 degrees) and leave for about one hour, until the mixture has hardened.  Remove and allow to cool.

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A hell of a weekend

I had a bad cold all last week, but on Saturday morning I went fishing with my neighbours again.

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I didn’t catch any fish again!

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Still wasn’t feeling 100% and had pain in my stomach all day.  It turned out to be a stomach bug and I spent the next 36 hours with diarrhoea and sickness.  Now I also have a lung infection, but hoping I will be feeling better soon.  Spring is here in Lapland and I really don’t want to miss it!!

Tracking article for The Bushcraft Magazine

I’m unable to work at the moment and can’t get out and about to do a great deal, so I have written a new article for “The Bushcraft Magazine” featuring pictures and descriptions of some interesting tracks and sign that I have found  in snow here during the past four winters.

The article will most probably feature in the next issue of the magazine due out in the spring.

This and that

Last weekend I made a hard leather case for my EKA Super Swede folding knife.

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I had three small scrap pieces of leather that I use to make knife sheaths and had to sew them together to make enough leather.  It was dark when I made this so the stitching isn’t so good quality.

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I have bought another car and I hoping this one will be problem free (for a while at least).  Its a Subaru Legacy, 4 wheel drive.

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and finally a couple of pictures of a Siberian Jay that I took today.

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