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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
On Monday myself and Kelly will be travelling to England for a 10 day visit to my parents. I will be writing again when I return.
After breakfast, the bags and reindeer were packed.
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.
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!!
The first job of the morning is to take the reindeer to a nearby stream or lake to drink.
They take the opportunity to eat a little also.
After breakfast we packed all the food and equipment and were on our way, to cover a distance of 11kms to the next cabin.
The next cabin was at the beautiful Muddus Waterfall
We all cooked a meal together and spent a relaxing evening around a fire.
We had to cover a distance of 11kms during our first days trek. A reindeer can carry 25 kilo’s of equipment,
but ours were only carrying 14 kilo’s (including their own food which was dried pellets).
We arrived at our destination at 4pm
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!
I also climbed up the 18 metre high observation tower, but saw nothing.
The view was great though!