I’ve been very busy recently. I have finally completed work on the cabin that we have near our house.
We have had problems with our house foundations moving and causing cracks in the walls. We suspect this is caused by the extreme temperatures during the winter causing the ground to expand and contract. To try and remedy the problem I have had to dig around the foundations and lay sheets of fibreglass against the floor beams to prevent soil collapsing in under the house.
And then I have laid sheets of polystyrene insulation against them.
I discovered that the entrance to our house has been built directly on concrete slabs which may explain why we have problems with opening and closing the door during the winter. I have had to remove altan in front of the door to get the slabs out
And place fibreglass sheets and polystyrene under there also. We will see if it helps.
At the cabin I have built a little pump house for our new pump.
We have also been on holiday to Lycksele where we visited a zoo and amusement park.
We have been busy recently as I am currently on weeks holiday from work.
Myself and Kelly made a trip to the mountains where we fished,
Travelled in a boat
And we flew in a helicopter, which was the first time for both of us.
We spent some time with my friend Tommy, fishing at his cabin.
We have also spent time at our cabin enjoying the hot weather
Cooking food over an open fire
I made a simple game for Kelly out of a saw-horse and a tyre. She had to throw a football through the tyre.
I have also been teaching Kelly to row.
And we have installed running water in the toilet 😁😉 A baked bean tin with a small hole towards the bottom so that when you fill the tin with water, it runs gently out, so that you can wash your hands.
We recently purchased a small petrol driven water pump for the cabin, so that we do not have to go down to the lake every time we need water.
To keep the hose in place in the lake I have tied a weight to the end of a piece of rope and attached a float 1,5 metres up from the weight with the hose attached at the same position.
The pump works very well
I have also built a platform for a 200 litre water butt to stand on, which we can then fill with water.
I made pizza in fire embers
Fried pizza dough rolls
And fried meatballs and potatoes.
Kelly and I have also Ben hiking on a local mountain.
In the middle of May I woke up at 3am on morning and heard a Wryneck singing outside my bedroom window. It has done this on numerous occasions and I have been in the forest searching for the location of its nest (a hole in a tree). Yesterday I located the nest in a flycatcher nestbox I made out of a hollow Birch, situated about 10 metres from my house 😅🥴