Snowmobile sled

I have started making a sled to pull behind our snowmobile.

The runners are part of a bed that I made a few years ago

My idea is that one or two people can sit on the sled and another person can stand on the back.

I will write more about this project when I have done more work on it.

Kelly enjoys our weekend walkso in the forest. Every hole she finds, she has to investigate to see if anything is living in there.

I just hope we don’t find an inhabited bears den!


A brief visit to the cabin

Last Sunday we drove to the cabin. The temperature outside was -8 and it was very cold in the cabin.

We made fire in the stove and then went outside to chop wood and clear snow.

We then went for a walk and found evidence of Beavers.

They had felled 2 large Aspens This is the first time I have seen evidence of beaver at the cabin for 9 years.

It was still cold in the cabin when we went back in, so we made coffee and then a hot meal.

Dad was not wearing warm clothes unfortunately and even after we had eaten,he was still very cold, so we decided to go home.


While driving to work on Tuesday, I saw a male Capercaillie  standing in the middle of the road.  He wasn’t bothered by vehicles passing at 90kms per hour, but as soon as I slowed down to take a photo, he ran away.  I did however manage to get one reasonable photo of him.

As you can see, the snow has been falling.  Last night there came 6cms more snow and yesterday morning the temperature went down to -19 degrees C.

BBQ and the search for the olive tree

On Saturday we had a bbq at lunch time (it was -4 degrees).

autumn bbq-nattavaara

I then went for a walk in the forest with Kelly, to a lake not far from where we live.  We made a little fire.

kelly with fire

We also made a boat from a piece of Birch, Birch bark and a Whooper Swan feather

kelly with boat

It sailed very well on the lake.

boat on water lapland

On Sunday we returned to the same spot with the family.  The girls built a shelter.


I took a packet of olives with me and the girls had to then search for the allusive Lapland Olive Tree!

We also cooked bannock bread over the fire, and spread Nutella in them.

bannock bread and nutella

Still sick

Still not getting out and about due to pneumonia unfortunately, but I am getting better.

Last weekend we purchased a Moose calf from our neighbour, which he had shot and will provide us with 45kgs of meat for the winter.

moose meat lapland

Here in Sweden you can not just go out into the forest and shoot a Moose.  You have to pay to be a member in a hunting club, and each club is given a quoter of Moose that they can shoot.  The meat is then divided between the members of the club.

Fortunately the Sámi people have land where they have to right to hunt Moose, and so we could buy a hole calve directly.

Kelly is still at home and today she has been baking.

kelly baking

She has baked Nuttela cookies.  The recipe is very simple;

1 egg

150g Nuttela

150g plain flour

115g caster sugar

We also added chocolate chips to the mix.

nutella cookie dough

They are then baked in the oven 180 degrees for 12 minutes and then allowed to cool.

nutella cookies


I spoke too soon..

Many thanks to those of you who wrote messages to us when Kelly was in hospital.  She is now home and getting better.  Unfortunately. I now have pneumonia!


Even when feeling not well at all, I have to find things to keep Kelly from being bored, so this morning, so I found three toilet roll tubes, which we cut into rings

toilet roll tube crafts-1

and then we have been using the rings to make different things. Here’s some examples;

a flower

toilet roll tube crafts-3

a butterfly

toilet roll tube crafts-2

and a hare

toilet roll tube crafts-4

And now for a weather update…..the first snow fell last night, but it has already melted now.

This time it’s not me that’s sick

I had planned to spend last weekend at the cabin, unfortunately Kelly became very ill and so instead we had to drive her to hospital.

After a series of tests, they diagnosed pneumonia and I have spent five dayso living with her in her hospital room, while she received intravenous antibiotics.

Thankfully she is now getting better and has been allowed home today.