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!
The weekend before last I went on a long walk in the forest
I even spent some time fishing in a local stream but caught nothing. Upstream there was a layer of ice
But down stream there was open water.
Last weekend however the snow and cold weather returned. As I write this it is – 19 outside.
I now have a Leatherman Skeletool which I use at work. It has pliers, wire cutters, a blade, a bottle opener and a screwdriver bits holder for Leatherman bits (two of which are included when you buy the tool). However, I really wanted to have a saw blade, so with just a few alterations to one of my Bosch jigsaw blades and a piece of tape, I made a saw blade
That fits securely into the bits holder
I also wanted to make an adaptor so that I could use standard sized bits (otherwise you have to buy a specialised bit kit). Some people have taken a standard bit holder
And reduced it down so that it fits into the Skeletool bit holder, but in stead of doing that, I divided the bit holder into two parts and found that the steel tube that holds the bits, fits securely over the Leatherman bit.
We were at the cabin last weekend. There are some beautiful autumn colours carpeting the forest floor now.
A moss that is wide spread in the forest is called Club Moss.
The yellow tops can be collected and left in a warm room over night they release a lot of spores which are high in natural oils. They have medicinal uses, but we’re also used historically to provide flash lighting when taking pictures. I demonstrated this to Kelly by dropping a cup full of spores over a lighted candle.
I have recently purchased a Biolite Solarhome 620 solar lighting and charging system for use at the cabin.
I was very impressed with the lighting it provided
And after I have tested it more thoroughly I will be writing a review.
Kelly made a boat while we were there which she wanted me to show everyone so here it is.