Easter at the cabin

Last weekend we were at the cabin for four days.

We spent most of the time fishing

ice fishing at cabin

and enjoying the sun

mettajavi 2013

There was also a lot of coffee cooked and sausage grilled over the fire

family around fire (Medium)

I also used the Swedish Fire Torch to cook coffee

swedish fire torch

I caught 8 large Perch

perch

Sebastian and myself also spent time driving snowmobiles with his grandfather and our neighbours

snowmobiles (Large)

on top of a hill (Large)

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!!!

Christmas trees

Myself and a neighbour have been out with snowmobiles in the forest looking for  a couple of Christmas trees.

We have been having some very strange weather here for over a week now.  The temperature has been above freezing for over a week now and it has been raining.  This makes it a little more difficult to drive the snowmobile because it sinks in the snow, we managed to get around without getting stuck.  We found two nice trees on land that we own.

We saw a group of Reindeer that seemed to be on their way south to the Arctic Circle!!!!

Roe Deer!!!

Emma was keen to see the Reindeer, so we set off to look for them, using her “spark”

Many people use these here.  They have two thin metal runners and either a chair or basket on the front.  Emma sits in the chair and I stand in the back and move the spark along the ice by pushing with my foot on the ground.  You can move very quickly, but of course it doesn’t work in deep snow.

It was not long before we spotted the first Reindeer

As we sat quietly and watched the herd gradually moved closer and closer until they eventually crossed in front of us.

and more

We also had a very unexpected find while we were out……

Roe deer tracks!!

Emma wanted to travel further into the forest to look for animals so we headed off on the snowmobile.

 

Easter weekend – part 1

We spent the weekend at the small settlement of Sammakko (meaning frog in Finnish) with Jenny, Hasse

and the children where we hired two small cabins for the weekend.

On Saturday we were joined by many other people who had come to watch or participate in the annual snow scooter drag racing competition.

The competitors have to race two at a time from a standing start along a distance of about 50 metres.

The winner goes through to the next round until finally 1st, 2nd and third place winners are achieved.  Each competitor pays 300 Swedish Krones to enter and this is the prize fund.

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In the evening myself and Hasse went out with the snow scooter for a couple of hours at dusk, listening for owls in the forest.  Hasse heard an Eagle Owl call briefly but I heard nothing.

Out for a drive and a walk

Enjoying my new freedom to be able to get out and about in my car, I decided to drive out to an area of forest to see what I could find and hopefully film and photograph Reindeer.

I have now purchased two sets of military ski’s from my friend Toby but until my ribs are better I cannot learn to ski, so for now I have to use scooter trails (they have compacted the snow) to get about.

although if you step to far to the left or right you drop down to the top of your thigh or even higher

I found numerous tracks of a large canine which were too large for fox but did not seem quite large enough for an adult Wolf at least, but I can see no reason for a large dog to be traveling around so much in the forest on its own.

There was also a pair of Siberian Jays in the trees from time to time

I never managed to find any Reindeer but typically as I drove home, two ran alongside my car!!