We have had quite a long spell of warm weather with temperatures above freezing during the day but unfortunately it is always windy and it doesn’t mater from which direction the wind blows, it is always cold!
Snow Buntings arrived in our garden on 29th March.
We have spent a lot of time ice fishing
But we haven’t caught any more fish.
Lsat weekend we made some traditional flat bread which we usually carry with us when we are out and about.
Those of you familiar with Zebra Billy cans will know that they come supplied with plastic clips to hold lid in place. The problem is that the first time you use the can over an open fire, the clips melt.
I have seen on the Internet that people make their own metal clips from wire but I found a much simpler method using bulldog clips.
As you can see in the picture above, the first step is to remover the black metal part of the clip.
There are already two holes in each side of the handle of the Billy can where you can insert the clips.
With the lid placed on the can, mark the point where you need to bend the clip and then remove it and place it in a vice to bend it. Once bent, replace the clips back in the can.
When you pull up the handle, it pushes in the clips and locks them in place and the lid is held tightly.
Today is the first day for over two months that we have seen blue sky. We can’t quite see the sun above the horizon yet.
Over the Christmas period it has snowed every day and I have had a lot of work to clear the snow away.
We have now completed alterations to one of our bedrooms and are very pleased with the end result.
During the spring I made some Greenland wax and I have been using it now to waterproof my cotton clothing.
The wax has to be heated so that it melts into the cotton.
I have a spoon and a spatula that I carry in my food kit and I have also been thinking about making a tong, but I saw a YouTube video where a guy used a titanium spoon and fork in a special adapter to make a tong so I thought I would try to make something similar.
I found a small piece of spring steel and purchased some heat shrink tube.
I drilled a recess in the handles of the spatula and spoon so that the sink tube would shrink in to them to help hold them in place.
I put the spring steel in the shrink tube and them inserted the spoon and spatula into to ends of the shrink tube and heated it.
And then the tong was completed. I can remove the spatula and spoon and insert them when I need the tong.
Generally the temperatures are still only just a few degrees below freezing. We have more snow now but nothing like the amount we would usually have. The trampoline frame you can see in the picture below is usually half or even completely submerged by now.
I hope that 20021 will be a much better year for everyone than 2020 has been!