Winter Wonderland

The sun only just appears above the horizon now for a short time, but it does provide some beautiful colours in the sky.

lapland sunrise

The sun rises just over the trees behind our house and so for a short time we see some nice colours in the trees and snow.

kevin-warrington-house

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Snowmobile sled almost completed

Last weekend I continued to work on construction of the snowmobile sled.  I had previously found a large piece of plastic in a skip, which was perfect to have under the sled.

I warmed it and then moulded it to the shape of the sled and screwed it in place.

snowmobile sled - kevin warrington

I built a seat and floor, both of which can be removed so that I can use the sled for transporting equipment.

Its not completely finished yet, but Kelly could not wait to try it, so we took it out for a test run.

swedish lapland - kevin warrington

snowmobile sled - swedish lapland

I am very pleased with how it works!

 

Snowmobile sled

I have started making a sled to pull behind our snowmobile.

The runners are part of a bed that I made a few years ago

My idea is that one or two people can sit on the sled and another person can stand on the back.

I will write more about this project when I have done more work on it.

Kelly enjoys our weekend walkso in the forest. Every hole she finds, she has to investigate to see if anything is living in there.

I just hope we don’t find an inhabited bears den!

A brief visit to the cabin

Last Sunday we drove to the cabin. The temperature outside was -8 and it was very cold in the cabin.

We made fire in the stove and then went outside to chop wood and clear snow.

We then went for a walk and found evidence of Beavers.

They had felled 2 large Aspens This is the first time I have seen evidence of beaver at the cabin for 9 years.

It was still cold in the cabin when we went back in, so we made coffee and then a hot meal.

Dad was not wearing warm clothes unfortunately and even after we had eaten,he was still very cold, so we decided to go home.

Capercaillie

While driving to work on Tuesday, I saw a male Capercaillie  standing in the middle of the road.  He wasn’t bothered by vehicles passing at 90kms per hour, but as soon as I slowed down to take a photo, he ran away.  I did however manage to get one reasonable photo of him.

As you can see, the snow has been falling.  Last night there came 6cms more snow and yesterday morning the temperature went down to -19 degrees C.

BBQ and the search for the olive tree

On Saturday we had a bbq at lunch time (it was -4 degrees).

autumn bbq-nattavaara

I then went for a walk in the forest with Kelly, to a lake not far from where we live.  We made a little fire.

kelly with fire

We also made a boat from a piece of Birch, Birch bark and a Whooper Swan feather

kelly with boat

It sailed very well on the lake.

boat on water lapland

On Sunday we returned to the same spot with the family.  The girls built a shelter.

shelter-building

I took a packet of olives with me and the girls had to then search for the allusive Lapland Olive Tree!

We also cooked bannock bread over the fire, and spread Nutella in them.

bannock bread and nutella