Rowed to the far end of the lake first thing this morning and went walking in the forest, but very quickly it clouded over and really heavy rain fell. I was soaked by the time I got back to the cabin and it’s times like that when I really appreciate have the cabin and a warm fire to go back to.
I collected the rain water from the roof of the cabin for drinking and cooking
While it was raining I carved some hooks from pieces of Pine
to nail up around the cabin to hang things from.
After the rain stopped I decided to go into the forest to begin cutting small Pine trees for poles to make a traditional style tipi or kåta. I was careful in my selection, taking a tree where two were very close together and only one would survive, or trees that did not look so healthy.
Once I had cut down a tree, I removed all the branches with my axe
To remove the bark I drove the tip of a knife into a wooden batten to make a simple draw knife
I tried eating the inner bark which was surprisingly tasty and quite sweet.
I was having lunch and some coffee at my cabin when I heard the voices of children in the forest
It was the grandchildren of my friends Anki and Ingvar who were coming to visit me. The children are taught survival skills in school in Sweden and they were keen to learn new skills from me. Particularly making fire without matches.
I began by demonstrating the bow-drill to them and then we headed into the forest to collect different tinders for them to experiment with using firesteels.
We also experimented with flint and steel to make fire with True Tinder fungus
The boys were also keen to teach me things as well. Here they are explaining how to navigate in the forest using Wood Ant nests
and here Simon is demonstrating how to eat the ants without being bitten.
They were actually quite pleasant to eat.
We spent the evening fishing though no one caught anything.
New birds; Redstart, Song Thrush, Mallard, Teal, Whimbrel, Capercaillie and two groups of Black Grouse lekking on the edge of the marsh.