Easter at the cabin Part 2

Most of the weekend it was cloudy and snowed a lot, but we did get some brief periods of sunshine on Sunday and so Emma and myself joined friends out on the ice to do some ice fishing.

ice fishing lapland

I caught a couple of decent sized Perch

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and Emma also caught one.

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Emma also boiled and decorated some Easter Eggs

emma painting eggs

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We also spent time around the fire cooking sausage and coffee with Teres’ parents.

anki cooking food (Medium)

Easter at the cabin Part 1

Actually managed to get to the cabin over Easter for four days.

snow mobile

The first job when we arrived was for me to hastily erect a fence around the veranda so that Kelly did not fall off.

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When we were going to eat lunch, we realised that we had forgotten to take Kelly’s child stool with us, so I had to quickly construct one using off-cuts of wood and a broom handle.

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We did not have enough space to take a push-chair with us, so Kelly travelled around in a pulka

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and slept in it during the day

kelly in pulkan

CarPow Jumpstarter D28

I recently purchased an easyjumper(TM) Carpow Multi-function Portable Power Source and Car Jump Starter 13600mAh.

There are many different makes and models of these things available, but this one had the best reviews on amazon uk.  There are two alternatives that are available, one for 59:95 and one for 69:95 but it is only the quality of the case that makes the price difference.

carpow jumstarter-1Inside the case you get the power unti, a 12v cigerett charger,  a mains charger, various adapters for different types of laptops, tablets and telephones and a set of jump leads to use when starting the car.

D28YWI have been using mine to charge uo my mobile phone and we have twice used it now to start Teres car when the car battery was flat.  I was skeptical that it would start a car, but at the first turn of the key, the car started!

This is a piece of kit that I highly recommend to carry in your car, or in your rucksack.

Air dried minced beef sausage

Last year a friend of mine gave me a dried minced beef sausage that he had made, to carry and eat when out in the forest.  He described how to make it and so I have given it a try.

You need; 2kg minced beef or other minced meat, 1 deciliter salt, two table spoons of sugar, herds and spices to flavour and  3,5cm tubular gauze bandage.

tube bandage

Mix the minced beef, salt and sugar together (these are help preserve the meat) then add herbs and spices to flavour (I have made some with Garlic taste and some with chilli & ginger).

Cut a 30cm long piece of gauze and tie one end.  Spoon the mixture into the gauze until it is full and then tie the other end.  Mark the sausage so that you know which flavour it is.

mince beef sausage

I made an insect proof box to hang the sausages in and they should be left to air-dry here where we live for two weeks.  Mine will be ready just in time for Easter!

drying mince beef sausage

Spring is here

We have had clear blue skies for several days now and the temperature during the middle of the day is getting a few degrees above freezing.

We have a pair of Great Tits building a nest in one of the nest boxes in our garden.

Today in Koskuskulle village there were several small flocks of Snow Buntings flying around

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and this evening there is a Tengmalm’s Owl singing here in Nattavaara.

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An eventful visit to England!

Well during my three week visit to England I had planned to do many things and visit many people.  However, the day after we arrived in England both myself and Kelly developed the flu, three days after that I found my mum collapsed in the bedroom and she was taken into hospital, then my dad caught the bug and both him and me developed chest infections and I fractured my ribs AGAIN through coughing! Dad is still not well and mum is currently in a care home, but I had to leave yesterday to return to Sweden.

 

That’s why there has been nothing written here for almost a month.

Jokkmokks Marknad 2015

Last week was Jokkmokks annual winter market.

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The market was smaller this year the traditional craft stools continue to dwindle in number as the number of stools selling sweets incearses.

I spent some time out on a frozen lake watching the reindeer racing.

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During one of the races, the reindeer ran into the perimeier fence and then took the fence with it around the whole course

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It did not take long to repair the fence, so that races could continue.

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