Solberget; Food and fire

The last day for our guests  was a day of  “food and fire”.

We began with my demonstration of different methods to make fire, and the different types of materials one can use to achieve fire.  I was really pleased because everyone achieved fire with the bow-drill.

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After fire-making, we created a large fire and placed stones into the fire to heat them.  We dug a pit in the ground  and then when the stones were hot, we transferred them

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into the fire pit.

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We prepared food to put into the fire pit.

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which included Salmon which we wrapped in wet birch bark.

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The packets of food were then placed in the pit with more hot stones.

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and left to cook for a couple of hours.  Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures once the meal was cooked!!

The same day we had a number of House Martins leaving their nests and I managed to get one nice picture.

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Leather crafts

I’ve guided a couple more groups this week while working at Solberget.

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We visited Arctic Circle and ate lunch.

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Last time I wrote about a leather craft workshop we had had, and I just had to put up some pictures of items people ranging from 7 – 70 years old have made.

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I was really impressed!

Back working at Solberget again

During the time I was unable to work, I changed my job.  I now work part-time in a General Store here in Nattavaara and part-time in Solberget Wilderness Village as a tourist guide.

Working in the General Store and looking after Kelly means that I do not have much spare time to make and do things, and so it is getting increasingly difficult to find things to blog about and so I am now considering the future of this blog.

Fortunately this week I am working as a tourist guide, so will have some things to write about.

Yesterday we took 25 guests out on a days wandering with four of our Reindeer, up to the top of Solberget (Sun Hill).  I talked about the wildlife and history of the area and talked about medicinal uses of some of the plants that we found.

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Once we reached the top, we made fire and cooked sausages over the fire, before making our way back down again.

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Today we ran a leather handicraft workshop, where our guests were able to make a hole range of items from Reindeer leather, including pouches, armbands, knife sheaths and necklaces.

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More work to complete the cabin

We currently have internet, but I do not know how long for.

I was at the cabin last weekend to work on the inside of the veranda that I built last year.  It was hot work as the temperature is still around 30 degrees C.

The walls and ceiling needed more insulation  and then the hole veranda needed to be lined with chipboard.   Here is how an interior wall looked before I started.

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I have screwed joists to the inside of the walls and put insulation between the joists.  The insulation was then covered with a bitumen coated paper.

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In this picture was can see that the ceiling is completed and most of the wall.

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After so much bird activity at the cabin over the last few weeks, there is now an ire silence as all the birds have now left on there migration south.