We spent three days at the cabin last weekend. It rained on Friday and Saturday, but fortunately I spent most of the weekend work in the cabin.
I completed the work fixing tongue and groove panels to the walls and I fixed skirting boards around the floor.
I also completed fixing up coving around the kitchen ceiling. It can be small details that take so much time to complete, like joining two different types of coving in a corner.
On Sunday the sun was shining and so I spent some time photographing birds including this Pied Flycatcher
and House Martins collecting mud to build their nests.
The temperature last Friday was 30 degrees C and and after working out in the heat all day, when we arrived at the cabin, both myself and Emma headed straight to the lake to cool off.
Initially the water was cold, but after a couple of minutes it was warm and relaxing to be in the lake
I spent most of the weekend working on the cabin. This time I was fixing tongue and groove boards around the living room walls, one metre high.
We will then have wall paper on the walls above the boards
Emma was bored, so I asked here to draw a picture on the wall where the boards were going, and she also wrote about our family, so that in future years when the boards are removed, someone can read about who was living there before.
I put up a hammock as a chair on the veranda and Emma spent quite bit of time sitting there birdwatching.
We have a pair of White Wagtails nesting under the cabin roof and they spent a lot of time catching insects.
There were also Black Grouse displaying nearby in the evening.
We will be spending three days at the cabin this coming weekend.
Two weeks ago when staying at the cabin I took this wintry picture.
Last weekend we were at the cabin and after two weeks of exceptionally warm weather (which is still continuing now) with temperature up to 29 degrees in the shade, the same view now looks like this.
I spent most of last weekend dragging trees to the cabin, cutting them up and splitting them.
Wood from two years ago in our outside wood store
had to be moved to our inside wood store to be used over the next year
and then the new wood had to be stacked outside.
I spent quite a bit of time fishing but caught nothing. So on Saturday night I put out my fish-trap in the lake and when I checked it next morning, there were fish in there.
There were sixteen Perch in total
Most of them I put back in the lake because we did not need them, but the larger ones I kept.
I had left my Little Acorn camera out overnight at the cabin to see if any animals came to visit. I was surprised next morning to see that a Reindeer had been to visit in the middle of the night.
Myself and Erik walked in the forest. We eventually decided to stop and make fire,
and cook coffee and some lunch.
Close to where we made fire, we found a couple of really nice Birch burs.
Later during our walk, we found a site where a fox had killed a Capercaillie.
I could not understand why there was a lot of mouse droppings in one are, but then realised that this was actually the crop contents and that this bird had recently been eating Birch leaf buds.
We spent the afternoon fishing but again did not catch anything.
At 6pm we loaded our kit in the valp and Erik gave me a lift to my car. As we drove along the track I had walked to the cabin on, I spotted fresh bear tracks.
The tracks were from the previous day and it was not a particularly large bear that had made them, so if we had travelled in the opposite direction the previous evening we might of seen it.
I spent the morning gathering wood and splitting logs. Late morning I heard a vehicle and eventually my friend and neighbour Erik appeared. He had been ploughing the road to our cabins with his military valp and it was nice to see that I would have some company.
He drove up to his cabin and made fire to get the cabin warm and then came to join me for coffee at my cabin. Later in the afternoon we decided to try and walk across the marshes to another large lake.
There was still a layer of ice under the water so I wasn’t too difficult to get across to the lake.
As we walked back across the marsh there were quite a few Wood Sandpipers, Spotted Redshanks and Greenshanks feeding there. This Green shank sat up in a tree watching us.
We spent the evening fishing, but did not catch anything.
Later in the evening we drove around in the forest (the Valp will go just about anywhere!!) looking for birds, Moose or bear but we only saw a Capercaillie.
New bird species for the year were a pair of Smew on the cabin lake, a Dunnock and a Rustic Bunting singing at the cabin.
I decided to start my day off with a good breakfast. Curry and cheese bannock bread, with fried sausage!
Most of the day was taken up finishing off the new ceiling.
Over the fireplace, where rain water had leaked in before I bought the cabin a 2,4m long ceiling bearer was completely rotten. I needed to replace it before the ceiling could be completed, but did not have anything long enough, so using my saw and axe
I made a housing joint to connect two shorter pieces together.
There were over 100 Bramblings feeding on seed I had put out and so a took a break mid-morning to take some photographs of them.
Because the walls and roof of the cabin (like most older properties here) is insulated with saw-dust, you get a continual fall of saw-dust when you are working. To reduce the amount of saw-dust falling from the ceiling I have placed newspaper in all the gaps and open spaces.
Saw-dust falling all the time also meant that I got very dirty. So each evening after I had finished working, I filled my solar shower with warm water and hung up out side the cabin so that I could shower and get clean.
The only new bird species today were a pair of Goosander.
I awoke next morning and it was snowing heavily. I estimated the time to be around 6am.
The main reason for my visit to the cabin was to remove the ceiling in the living room and replace it with a new one.
After making breakfast I started pulling down the ceiling.
I remembered that Teres had little radio in the cabin, so I turned it on to listen and find out what the time was. As I started fixing up the new ceiling panels the 8am news came on the radio. This means that I had got up at about 4am!!!
It took most of the day to get half of the ceiling completed. The 3.6m panels kept bending as I tried to put them up and this made it very difficult to connect the tongue and groove joints.
I made a great tasting meal with food items I had available and thought I would write up the receipt;
1 tin of Cambells Mushroom soup, 1 tin Baked Beans, Carrot, leak, onion, pepper, mushrooms, 1 stock cube, pepper & mixed herbs, tomato ketchup, powdered soup an sausage.
I fried the sausage and vegetables in a little oil. Then I added a water and seasoning and cooked for 10 minutes. Then I added the soup and tomato ketchup and cooked everything for another 15 minutes. Finally I added the beans and powered soup (to thicken the mix) and coked for five more minutes.
The snow had stopped late afternoon and after that there were both Spotted Redshank and Greenshank present on the marsh. There was also a Restart singing in the evening.