Last Saturday i spent the day at my cabin. As you can see there is still ice on the lake.
and there is still a lot of snow on the ground
Very similar conditions to when I spent my first spring there in 2008.
I went for a long walk while at the cabin and found a trail of feathers
which led to the remains of a male Capercaillie
I imagine he had been displaying and was unaware of a Fox creeping up on him. You can see Fox droppings in this picture
I also found some fresh Mink droppings
Black Grouse were also displaying at the cabin
and there was a hare
The most common birds in the forest just now are Siskin
Reindeer are also calving at the moment
Of course while out walking I made fire, cooked coffee and grilled sausage!
The weather is getting warmer during the day (up to 13 degrees) and so the snow is melting faster. Summer migrant birds are arriving such as;
and Capercaillie display
Though I found a nice location to photograph beaver last week
the rivers and streams are now in flood and so the beaver are more difficult to find.
During the last few weeks when the weather has permitted, I have been out felling Birch trees. This is much work during the winter because before you can fell each tree, you have to dig down through at least one metre of snow to reach the bottom of each tree.
Once I had felled several trees, i cut them into desired lengths and loaded on to the snowmobile sledge and transported them home.
Last weekend (with my father-in-laws help) we cut the trees into logs
and I used Ingvar’s electric log splitter to slit the logs to help them dry. These logs we will use at our cabins.
I bought Teres a sewing machine for Christmas that will also sew leather. I wanted Kelly to have a small backpack she could use to carry nappies and changing equipment, so Teres had a go at making one and the result is very good!
The pack is held closed with a piece of Reindeer horn that I made into a toggle. The inside is drawn closed with a string.
The shoulder straps are made from leather and parts from a old rucksack.
The straps are attached to a key ring at the top of the pack.
Kelly loves her backpack.
We still have a lot of snow (about 1 metre deep) but as the days get longer and warmer, it gradually melts. We have been out enjoying the sunshine and the mince beef sausage which is now dry and ready to eat
Birds such as Whooper Swan, Greenfinch, Snow Bunting and Chaffinch are returning and just now we have an unusual visitor to the garden, a Siberian Nutcracker.
We had one in 2010 that spent the winter here, but they do not breed here.
Most of the weekend it was cloudy and snowed a lot, but we did get some brief periods of sunshine on Sunday and so Emma and myself joined friends out on the ice to do some ice fishing.
I caught a couple of decent sized Perch
and Emma also caught one.
Emma also boiled and decorated some Easter Eggs
We also spent time around the fire cooking sausage and coffee with Teres’ parents.
Actually managed to get to the cabin over Easter for four days.
The first job when we arrived was for me to hastily erect a fence around the veranda so that Kelly did not fall off.
When we were going to eat lunch, we realised that we had forgotten to take Kelly’s child stool with us, so I had to quickly construct one using off-cuts of wood and a broom handle.
We did not have enough space to take a push-chair with us, so Kelly travelled around in a pulka
and slept in it during the day