The cabin has arrived.

The cabin was loaded on the back of a trailer on Friday

cabin-3

and driven to our new house

cabin-4

On Saturday we went fishing with Teres’ parents.  As usual we made fire and grilled sausage

fika

We have even managed to get my dad into green forest clothes now!

dad eating

Emma caught 4 small Grayling, which we put back again.

emma grayling

and on the way home we saw some Common Cranes feeding

common cranes (1314 x 976)

Cabin on the move. 

I’ve had a busy week and haven’t had time to write before. 

The cabin that I bought a few years ago and put on our garden at the old house 

My neighbour here at our new house has helped by preparing the ground for the cabin 

and another person in our village came with a larger tractor

to lift up the cabin so that we could get under to put more insulation under the floor. 

Tomorrow the cabin will be loaded onto a trailer and driven here to our house. 

More pictures next time! 

Tying flies

Emma is here at the moment and today I have been teaching her how to tie flies for fly fishing 

Her first attempt is better than most I have made! 

These ones that ones that I make  (black with a red tail) I catch Grayling with


I have been training to build up the muscles in my stomach and back using exercises from a physiotherapists 

and it is really helping my back.  Unfortunately my pelvis is displaced and because of my slipped disk there does not seem to be an easy solution to get it back into place. 

Swifts and a weekend at the cabin

Last weekend we were at the cabin.  Teres was out on the marshes picking Cloudberries

cloudberry-2 (Medium)

and Kelly was in the forest picking Blueberries, which she ate on her cheese sandwiches!!

kelly eating blueberies

One day Kelly had nothing to do, so I created a fishing game for her.

I cut a piece of Willow and attached a piece of cord to it

kelly fishing game-3

and at the other end of the cord I attached a “Birch hook”

kelly fishing game-4

Kelly stood on the veranda with her fishing rod and then I placed toys on the grass below, and she had to hook them

kelly fishing game-1

and then pull up them on to the veranda

kelly fishing game-2

This kept her entertained for much longer than I had imagined.

Today I have been to Hakkas where Professor Susanne Åkesson from Lund University was catching Swifts.

Lapalnd swift

Here nets are being set up at the nest sites to catch Swifts (Swifts here in Lapland are a little special because they nest in holes in trees)

setting net-1

The Swifts were weighed and DNA samples taken.  the two birds caught today were already ringed, but if birds are caught that are not ringed, then a ring is put on.

When young Swifts leave the nest, they can spend up tp 10 months in the air without landing!!

A weekend in the mountains 

My friend Tommy ringed and asked me to spend a weekend in the mountains with him fishing and testing his new boat and outboard motor.   

I said no because we would be sleeping in a tent a i could not sleep on the ground because of my back problems.  He called back a few days later and said he had bought a camp bed and thick mattress for me to use and so although I was a little apprehensive, I agreed to go.  Tommy’s son and ex wife were also with us. 

We packed the boat and drove to the mountains,  backed the boat trailer into the water and backed the boat off of the trailer and then we were on our way.

The water in the lake was 6 metres lower than usual and so we had to watch for rocks under the water.   After about an hour we arrived where we planned to camp.

We camped about 15 metres from the waters edge and as I cannot carry a rucksack, I only had a drying with my sleeping kit and another with some food and medication. 

The others stayed in a tipi 

but it was so hot that I slept outside

I spent a lot of time around the camp because it was uncomfortable for me to fish from the boat.

It was very hot on Saturday  (over 30 degrees) and the scenery was just beautiful 

I could not cast a fishing rod very well because of my back pain, so I stood next to a stream

and let the stream water carry my float or fly out into the lake and I caught some really nice Grayling.

Over the weekend there were over 100 fish caught. 

Grass of parnassus

Before moving to live here in Lapland, I managed Chippenham Fen National Nature Reserve where we spent much time, money and effort to re-establish a plant called “Grass of Parnassus Parnassia palustris”

Grass of Parnassus

which grew there until the late 1980´s, but we never succeeded in getting it back again.

Here it grows very commonly.  We even have it along the edges of the track to our house (the above picture is taken at the edge of our track).

I have only noticed it growing there because we bought Kelly her first cycle and we now go out with her at least twice a day.

kelly with new cycle

It’s not been an easy time for Kelly during the last few days, because she has thrown her dummies in the river, to give to the baby fish!! and now has to sleep without her dummy.

kelly dummies

Kelly enjoys fishing, though soon gets bored when she does not catch anything.

kelly fishing

I have mad her up a special fishing set.  The rod is really an ice fishing rod and i bought a small reel for it.

kelly fishing rod

It works so well that I have one myself now, as with my back problem it is not so easy to cast a full size rod.  I cannot cast so far out, but as many of the fish are nearer to the edge, this is not a problem.  I have caught 2 1kg Rainbow trout with this set-up.

My dad has settled in now and is really enjoying spending time with Kelly and the rest of the family.

kelly and grandad

 

A surprise visitor

This week we have had a fox cub coming to visit our garden.  I first saw it in the meadow

fox cub-2

and called it in towards me

fox cub-3

The closest it ha been, is one metre from me

fox cub

I have also found and picked and eaten the first Cloudberries (a relative of the Blackberry) of the year, which is incredibly early!!

cloudbery

I am grateful to Teres, Emma and my in-laws who spent last Saturday painting the outbuilding that I built last year.

outbuilding painted-2 outbuilding painted-1