A new addition to the family 

On Saturday I bought a new snowmobile because we had so much trouble with the old one. 

The new snowmobile is a Lynx Yeti 550 wide-track

To test the new snowmobile I drove to the cabin to check that everything was OK. 

The girls are very pleased that we have a new snowmobile 

Even my dad wanted to have a ride. 

Spring is very late this year.   It has been very cold and the snow is melting very slowly.   We even had another 10cms of snow fall on Sunday. 

We have up to 9 Hares feeding in the garden every evening at the moment. 

Easter

It has been cold, with a north wind during most of the Easter weekend, so I set up my tipi on the garden so that we could sit out.

After we had installed our Woodburn Erik in the house we had a stainless steel heat guard left over, so I have made this into a little grill to use in the tipi 

I place it on stones to allow air to flow under 

Fortunately on Monday the sun did appear so that we could sit out. 

Sleeping mat pump

I have been reading about problems with mould in sleeping mats when you inflate them with your breath; especially in the Neo Xlite which I have.

I tried to find a 3V USB pump on the internet to inflate it with, but there isn’t such a thing, so I contacted Biolite to ask if they were interested in producing one to use in-conjunction with the USB port on the BioLite Campstove, but they were not.

So I have had to come up with an alternative idea……I have a dry liner dab in my rucksack, which has a valve in the bottom.  I fill the bag with air and then close the top.  Using a piece of tube, I connect the two valves from the bag to the mat

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I then compress the bag and the air flows into the mat

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The bag holds 50 litres so I only need a couple of bags full of air to inflate the mat.

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Last weekend I also tried making a tent out of my new Aqua Sil Guide Tarp, and I was very pleased with the result.

The width is 2,5 metres so there is more than enough room for my Thermarest Cot.

We have a pair of Pine Grosbeaks visiting our bird table at the moment, and I managed to get a decent picture of the male.

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Chaffinches, Yellowhammers, Greenfinches and Whooper Swans have also arrived for the summer.

Aqua Quest Sil Guide Tarp

I hurt my back last Thursday, so wasn’t able to do much over the weekend.  Fortunately after exercising my back is much better today.

I have just purchased an Aqua Quest Sil Guide Tarp.  Aqua Quest is a Canadian company. I have not had chance to set it up yet, but have had it out of the bag.  It is very lightweight, well made and packs down small.

Tarp Specs:

  • 20,000 mm hydrostatic resistance
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs / 860 g
  • Packed Size: 12 x 6 x 2 in / 30 x 15 x 5 cm
  • Total Area: 12.6 x 9.8 ft ( ca. 130 sq. ft) / 3.91 x 2.95 m (ca. 12 sq. m)

Features:

  • 40D RipStop fabric
  • Non-toxic dual Silicone & PU coating
  • Reinforced stitching
  • Heat taped seams
  • 17 reinforced webbing loops
  • Stuff sack included

Here is their website where you can see pictures and find out more information; https://aquaquestwaterproof.com/product/guide-sil-tarp-large/

I bought mine from a site on Amazon UK where they were selling them for under half the recommended price.

Doug Seegers

Last Thursday evening I went to see a country and western singer called “Doug Seegers in concert.

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I had never heard of Doug before and it was interesting to hear about his rise to fame.  He had been an alcoholic, living on the streets, when a Swedish music artist heard him playing music during the filming of her TV series.  Doug had written the song himself and she was so impressed, that they recoded the song together and it went to number 1 in the Swedish i-Tune charts.  This was the launch of his career and he is so grateful to the Swedish people, that he comes from Nashville each year to tour around Sweden.

You  can find more about him by searching on YouTube.

On Saturday evening I went out snow-shoeing in the forest to listen for owls calling.  I did not hear anything, but found a lot of tracks and feeding sign from Arctic Hares.

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Monday and Tuesday I was driving around the county with Dutch tour operators, showing them hotels and activity companies that their tourists might be interested to visit.

On Tuesday we were in the mountains and visited my friend Per-eric, who showed them his reindeer, joiked for them and talked about Sami culture.

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Later in the day we visited a Sami Camp, where they spent the night.

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Gällivare Winter Marknad

Last weekend it was Gällivare Marknad.  A chance to buy such items as dried meat, skins, bread and much more.

It was really nice weather on Sunday, so we had a BBQ.  I used the opportunity to try my Biolite Campstove with pellets. I weighed out 1kg pellets, and wanted to test how long they would last.

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1kg pellets gave 2 hours cooking time and a litre of water boiled in three and a half minutes (just as fast as burning wood).  The pellets however were much more difficult to ignite.

Once a hand full of pellets had burned down, I found that if you added another hand full with the Biolite fan on low, it created a really effective emergency smoke signal

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If the fan was switched to high, the pellets would then ignite again.

I know that Spring has finally arrived here in Lapland because yesterday I saw 11 Snow Buntings where I work.  The arrival of the first Snow Buntings is always the first sign of spring for me.

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Ice fishing 

Last Sunday was the first time for two years that I have felt fit enough to go ice fishing 



Unfortunately there was 30cms of water on the ice

so my feet got cold after an hour

I did not catch any fish, but it still nice to be out and it was a good opportunity to test my Biolite camp stove 

I still use my reindeer horn ice fishing rod that I made a few years ago