A very windy weekend at the cabin!

By the time we arrived at the cabin on Friday evening, it was already getting dark, so I did not get any work done.

It was a bright sunny morning on Saturday and the temperature reached a high of 12 degrees.  Unfortunately there was a storm in the mountains  and this meant that we had very very strong winds.

I built a new saw-horse

saw-horse (Medium)

and spent the majority of the weekend sawing up and splitting logs.

While sitting and drinking coffee in the veranda I was amazed to see the boat which Emma had built the previous weekend, floating past on the lake.

Emma boat (Medium)

Teres’ father needed help at his cabin lifting up a new wind turbine to generate electricity for his cabin (which wasn’t easy in a such a strong wind).

wind generator (Medium)

He then came to our cabin to help me remove  a damaged brake cable on our trailer.

removing brake cable (Small)

On Saturday evening as it was starting to get dark, 6 Northern Long-tailed Tits appeared feeding in the trees.  Unlike last weekend, this time I managed to get a photograph of one.

northern long-tailed tit (1125 x 849)

On Sunday morning I worked with Teres’ father again.  This time we felled some trees and built a new board-walk to the fresh water spring where we go to collect water.

board-walk 1 (Small)

board-walk 2 (Small)

board-walk 3 (Small)

We are hoping that we will get at least one more weekend at the cabin before more snow comes.

A hot weekend at the cabin

Two weeks ago when staying at the cabin I took this wintry picture.

snowfall in may (Medium)

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.

after two weeks (Small)

I spent most of last weekend dragging trees to the cabin, cutting them up and splitting them.

carrying logs (Small)

Wood from two years ago in our outside wood store

woods store-1 (Small)

had to be moved to our inside wood store to be used over the next year

wood store-2 (Large)

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.

perch in trap (Small)

There were sixteen Perch in total

a nights catch (Medium)

Most of them I put back in the lake because we did not need them, but the larger ones I kept.

Ltl Acorn Scouting Camera WINTER review

In January I received a Ltl Acorn Scouting Camera (model Ltl-5210A) from Mike at Wildlife Watching Equipment.  Mike was very helpful and even tested the camera for me before posting it to ensure there were no faults.  You can read about the camera’s specifications by clicking on the picture below.

live113847_cameraontree (Large)

The camera works like a security light.  PIR sensors detect movement and take a picture or video.

I had planned to use my camera out in the forest to capture pictures of animals that are not easy to get close to, such as Moose, Bear and Lynx but I have since found out that due to open access for all regulations here in Sweden, one must apply for permission to mount a camera in a specific location (which costs £300), and re-apply each time the camera is moved to a different location.  The only places were I can use my camera are on land that I own and that is where I have been testing the camera.

If you are interested to know what comes into your garden when you are sleeping or not at home, this is at great camera to use.

fox at night-1 (Large)

If you find tracks in the forest and are not sure what they are, this will also be a good way to find out.

The camera can take video/ and or photographs.  You can select how many seconds or minutes between each photograph also (I have it set to every five seconds).  All images are stored on an SD card.  The camera uses 8 AA batteries, but the camera uses so little power that I have not had to change the batteries at all and the camera still shows full battery.

There are three settings for the on/off button.  OFF when you are not using the camera, LIVE when the camera is set up in a location and TEST.  In test mode you can review pictures, alter camera settings via a menu or use the camera like a normal camera (press a button and take a picture (example below)

mum

The camera also performed very well at temperature as low as -35 degrees C.

However, I was hoping for good quality pictures to use here and in magazine articles that I write and that appears to be beyond the capabilities of this camera, due to two major issues.

The first is exposure.  The white snow causes all of my pictures to be dark and there is unfortunately no setting in the menu to adjust exposure (This is why I am writing a Winter review just now and will then review the camera again in the summer when the snow has gone).

siberian_jay-1

The second major issue is the focus, which also cannot be adjusted.  Unless the animal or bird fills the whole screen, the camera tends to focus on the background behind.

Red Squirrel-2 (Medium)

Red Squirrel (Medium)

Though I think in the picture the squirrel was a little to close to the camera!

Red Squirrel-3 (Large)

To resolve this problem you must have the background and animal close together, which is not often possible, but was with this Jay.

jay-1 (Large)

jay-2

I am confident that the camera will perform better during the summer and even with the issues I have had, I have still managed to get some nice pictures.

mute swans

Great spotted woodpecker (Large)

reindeer (Small)

great tit flying

Conclusion.

I feel that the camera does what it is designed to do and will meet the needs of most people, but does not meet my needs (in winter at least).  A software update which enables the use to adjust exposure would be a great addition.

What a difference a day makes!

We were out fishing on Saturday.  It was cloudy and around 0 degrees.  Unfortunately the fish were not interested in our bait and only Emma caught a fish, but the fish got off the hook as she took it out of the ice hole.

On Sunday the sun was shining and it was + 10 degrees.  I had to work as there was going to be an outdoor church service at the Arctic Circle where we have a Polar Circle Portal (this a picture from summer 2010)

polar circle (Large)

It was a 40km drive with the snowmobile

malmensvagen (Large)

malmensvagen-2 (Large)

I stopped halfway for a coffee break.

cooking coffee in fire

We had a number of people who travelled by snowmobile to the church service

snowmobiles at polar circle (Medium)

We provided food for everyone, which was fried reindeer meat and vegetables

reindeer meat (Small)

There were about 30 people present for the service and everyone had a great time.

people at polar circle (Medium)

people at polar circle-2 (Medium)

The weather continues to be warm and the snow is melting very fast now.

Clearing snow from the cabin roof

Today myself, Teres and Emma have been to the cabin.

Teres and Emma with snowmobile

There was a lot of heavy snow on the cabin roof (105cms in depth) which had to be removed!

clearing snow from cabin roof

While we were on the roof clearing snow, Emma was busy making things out of wood

Emma woodworking

We had a break for lunch and sat outside enjoying the sunshine.

lunch at the cabin

It took us about 4 hours to remove all the snow from the cabin roof.  Here’s how it looked when I first arrived…

lapland cabin winter 2013

and here it is after we had finished.

kevin warrington cabin lapland

Busy weekend

The temperature was -22 on Saturday, but it was a lovely clear blue sky, so I decided to head out on the snowmobile.

snowmobile nattavaara

In the forest and along the rivers edge the sun was shining on the tops of the trees

rane alven nattavaara winter

On the marshes the sun was shining brightly!

winter marshes nattavaara

On Sunday it was cloudy, but only -6 degrees, so we decided to go ice fishing.

kevin warrington snowmobile

It was also a chance for Emma to try out the new kelka I am building, so that she can come with us when we go out on the snowmobile

kelka naturallore

It’s not yet completed because I do not have enough money the buy all the materials and so the back section in made from scrap pieces of wood.

skoter och kelka

The inside is lined with reindeer skins so that it will be warm inside.  I will write more about it once completed.

reindeer skin

This was also a chance for me to try out my homemade ice fishing rod

kevin warrington ice fishing

Emma also fished and Teres made fire

emma fishing

We cooked coffee and grilled cheese sandwiches

coffee and grilled cheese

I learnt a valuable lesson while fishing……I actually caught a nice sized Arctic Char, but I picked it up to remove the hook I dropped it and watched helplessly as it disappeared back down the ice hole!!!!  The lesson is to move the fish away from the ice hole before doing anything with it!!!