We are back from England

We travelled back from England last week with my 83 year old dad who has moved here to live with us.

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Unfortunately we all have colds and a sickness bug at the moment, but we have still been able to sit and enjoy the sunshine here in Lapland

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Birds are now arriving in large numbers including Redwings, Fieldfares, Tree Pipits, Brambling

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Snow Buntings have arrived

We have about 50 Snow Buntings at the moment but I have not been able to get any really good photo’s of them

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We also have a Mountain Hare which visits the bird feeder just outside our window every evening at 9pm

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Our new utility room is now completed

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Emma has her hammock set up on the veranda and sits out there relaxing, even though its only just above freezing!

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This weekend we travel to England to collect my dad and move him here to live with us.

This might mean that I do not write anything here for a couple of weeks.

Dad’s bedroom is completed!

In 10 days we travel to England to fetch my dad who is moving to live with us.

His room is now just about completed (here’s a before and after)

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Work continues on the toilet and utility room adjacent to his room

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One week ago the first Snow Buntings (Plectrophenax nivalia) appeared one week ago, but I have not managed to get any photographs of them as yet so here is one from a couple of years ago.

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The Tengmalm’s Owl has stopped singing and I’m not sure if that’s because it has a mate on eggs or if it has moved somewhere else….time will tell.

It’ time to air dry mest again

I have been mixing reindeer mince, beef mince and a variety of herbs and spices this week

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in preparation to make air dried sausage.

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They will take three to four weeks to dry.

We have a pair of Greenfinches that have arrived this week, which is the first indication that spring is here.

The weather at the moment is cold again (-24 this morning) and so the snow has stopped melting.

The sun has reappeared

At the end of last week the sun reappeared and because it gets higher above the horizon now, the temperatures are getting warmer (+10 degrees C as I write this).

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Because it is warm, the snow is falling from the roofs of houses and buildings and it can be very dangerous if you are standing in the wrong place at the wrong time.  The snow from our roof came down last night

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Our electric provider is also out now with a helicopter which has a cable with weights attached under it.  This they use to remove snow from power-lines and trees to prevent power-cuts.

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Last weekend was Emma’s birthday so we were pleased that the weather was sunny and we could be outside

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I have just also received the results of my scan and I have a slipped disk at the exact same place as in 2012 https://naturallore.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/recovery-continues-slowly/.  It is most likely that I will have to have another operation to remedy the problem.

It just doesn’t stop snowing!

It’s been some time since we last saw the sun. It’s cloudy every day and most days it snows.

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This is the most snow we have had during the time that I have lived here.

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At least the temperature is above freezing now, so the snow is also melting.

Another couple of weeks to go and then the first birds of spring should start appearing.