I have been busy making items for Solberget Vildmarksbyn.
Some Birch bark containers, a kåsa and a large knife.
The knife handle is made from Birch bur, Moose horn and sheath leather.
and the cup is also made from Birch bur. A local reindeer herder gave me 10 out of 10 for the quality of this Kåsa which pleased me greatly!!
Don’t much to write about I’m afraid.
We had temperatures down to -20 degrees C over the weekend, and then it became warm again (+4)and now it is -18 as I write this. We have very little snow at the moment, but I’m sure it will come soon.
Hope I will have more to write about soon!
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.
On closer inspection I saw that my cabin had been broken in to!!
They had gone through all the draws
They found the keys to all the doors, but destroyed all the doors and locks anyway.
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.
On Saturday it snowed heavily, but we got out ok with the cars on Sunday.
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.
Thought I would write about a couple of examples of local weather lore relating to the first snow of winter.
- 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!
- 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!!
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,
and then gathered some pieces of scrap wood and made a bird table.
It only took about a half-hour before the birds started to come and feed.
By the early evening the cabin was warn inside and cosy with light from both the oil lamps and the open fire.
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.