I woke up to very heavy rain this morning and it continued all day!!
I made pancakes for breakfast using de-hydrated egg and milk powder. I have to say they were surprisingly good.
Last autumn I found a nice Birch bur on a fallen tree http://naturallore.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/autumn-in-lapland-23rd-september-2008/ and so I decided to start carving a kåsa from it
Lacking a vice I had to come up with innovative ways to secure the bur while cutting it
I had begun roughing out the shape the previous evening
and gradually it was starting to take shape
I always shape the inside before working the shape of the outside
I had been told that the bur would cut like butter and be easy to carve but I found it incredibly hard work
I have a nice piece of Reindeer antler that I wanted to use as the handle
and so I spent time shaping the antler with a piece of Granite to achieve a good joint
My evening meal was simple but still tasty and enjoyable. Dried sausage, onion and mushrooms fried with split peas beans and oats, with a little vegetable stock added.
After frying a little water is added and simmered for 20 minutes
It has been very quiet for birds today due to the rain; I male Smew and 1 Whimbrel flew over calling