A new construction under way

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.

telegraph postsI 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)

location marked outOnce marked out I began cutting the poles to length.

starting foundationand then jointed the poles at the corners to form a flat, level base

foundation completedI 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.

hare lapland

Three knives

Not much has happened over the last week so I thought I would show a picture of three knives I have made recently.

knivesThe materials used are; moose antler, half tanned leather, sallow root bur and birch bur.

Reindeer calf marking

Yesterday reindeer were gathered up into a corral to mark the calves.

calf marking lapland

Each calf has a unique series of cuts made into it’s ears to show who owns the calf

reindeer calf

Some of the reindeer are already growing a nice set of horns ready for the breeding season in the autumn.

reindeer

Some of the reindeer were tame enough to feed.

feeding reindeer

As usual we made fires and grilled sausage and cooked coffee.

coffee braek-2 coffee break

Mmmmmm……..

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.

Family visit to England

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,

Buckingham Palace

buckingham palace

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

houses of parliment

The London Eye

london eyeand St James’ Park where we saw many birds

heron st james park

We went out on a boat trip along the river Nene with my aunty and uncle

boat-1and saw Great Crested Grebe

great crested grebeCormorant

cormorantand Mute Swan

mute swan-2 mute swan-1

We went swimming

kelly learning to swim

and spent some time at the sea side crab fishing and sunbathing.

sunbathing crab fishing

Hawk Owls plus an accident with an axe

I have located two different pairs of breeding Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) during last weekend. 

Hawk OwlThey nest in holes in trees.  This nest site was made by a Black Woodpecker.

hawk owl nest

One pair have large, mature young that can already fly and so were difficult to photograph

Hawk owl young-1 (1320 x 990)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.

Hawk Owl chick-3 (990 x 1320)But once located, they did not move.

Hawk Owl chick-4 (990 x 1320) Hawk Owl chick-2 (1320 x 990)

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.

handIt 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.

Curtain rail completed

We were at the cabin last weekend.  On Friday it was warm and sunny

kelly enjoying sunKelly enjoys cleaning and tidying, which is good because I don’t!

kelly cleaningShe also also becoming very interested in nature.  In this picture she was learning about ants and  they get in your nappy!!

learning about natureWe 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.

birch hangers for curtain railThen I cut, pealed and dried a Pine sapling (this I did two weeks previously)

curtain rail-2Once it had dried and sanded and smoothed the sapling.

Here’s the rail fixed in place

curtain railand here’s the curtains in place

curtains on railI 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.

siberian jay