Although we will unfortunately not be able to move to our new house until DECEMBER!!, the current owner has kindly agreed that I can start some of the jobs that we need completed before the winter.
The first task is to complete a 20m2 out-building where we can keep snow scooters, cycles and other outdoor equipment.
A neighbour kindly gave me three telegraph poles which i planned to use to construct a base for the out-building.
I measured and marked out the location for the new out-building (the old building you see is unsafe to use and will have to be demolished)
Once marked out I began cutting the poles to length.
and then jointed the poles at the corners to form a flat, level base
I am heading off to the mountains later this week on a fishing trip, but when I return, I must begin construction of the out-building. Fortunately there is something keeping an eye on what I am doing.
Not much has happened over the last week so I thought I would show a picture of three knives I have made recently.
The materials used are; moose antler, half tanned leather, sallow root bur and birch bur.
Yesterday reindeer were gathered up into a corral to mark the calves.
Each calf has a unique series of cuts made into it’s ears to show who owns the calf
Some of the reindeer are already growing a nice set of horns ready for the breeding season in the autumn.
Some of the reindeer were tame enough to feed.
As usual we made fires and grilled sausage and cooked coffee.
Not really much to write about today.
After returning from England I developed a cold and now have a lung infection, so haven’t been out much.
The weather here is still relatively cold (10 – 15 degrees and just above freezing at night).
Unfortunately we are not going to be able to our new house until December, when it’s likely to be 30 below and 2 metres of snow!!
Hopefully will have more to rite about next time.
I haven’t written for a while because I have been on a family holiday to England for two weeks.
During our visit we visited London and saw some of the site such as,
Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
The London Eye
and St James’ Park where we saw many birds
We went out on a boat trip along the river Nene with my aunty and uncle
and saw Great Crested Grebe
and Mute Swan
We went swimming
and spent some time at the sea side crab fishing and sunbathing.
I have located two different pairs of breeding Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) during last weekend.
They nest in holes in trees. This nest site was made by a Black Woodpecker.
One pair have large, mature young that can already fly and so were difficult to photograph
The other pair however, have young that have just left the nest and although they cannot fly, they are very good at climbing. They were very difficult to locate sitting in trees.
But once located, they did not move.
While carving a Birch spoon today I chopped my fingers with the axe (I was keeping an eye on Kelly instead of concentrating on what I was doing). I had read an article on Facebook that Cayenne Pepper is very good at staunching the flow of blood so I tried it out.
It did not stop the bleeding within 10 seconds as the article states, but within a minute it had stopped. The base of the fingers is not an easy place to apply a dressing, but I have taped the two fingers together and that seems to have worked ok.
We were at the cabin last weekend. On Friday it was warm and sunny
Kelly enjoys cleaning and tidying, which is good because I don’t!
She also also becoming very interested in nature. In this picture she was learning about ants and they get in your nappy!!
We wanted to have curtains in front of the beds to make it darker when sleeping, during the 24hrs of summer daylight and hide the beds away during the day.
We couldn’t find a curtain at the right length so I decided to make one. The hangers for the rail (which are screwed to the ceiling) I made out of pieces of Birch, screwed to pieces of Pine.
Then I cut, pealed and dried a Pine sapling (this I did two weeks previously)
Once it had dried and sanded and smoothed the sapling.
Here’s the rail fixed in place
and here’s the curtains in place
I spent a lot of time trying to photograph birds, but there are very few birds this year (probably because spring is so late. This Siberian Jay is the best picture I took.