I have not had time for staying over t the cabin recently, but have been there for some days.
The clothes drier is now completed
The mosquito’s are out in force now and we use many different methods to try and keep them away (the beer isn’t one of them!)
I have put a metal kitchen sink in the cabin so that it is easier to wash clothes and do the dishes.
I have seen pictures of Russian Birch bark craftsmen using a tool called a “sochalka” to remove complete cylinders of bark from the tree to make seamless containers. I purchased a cheap, stainless steel, long-bladed fish filleting knife from the Dollar Store to experiment with
It was surprisingly easy to cut around the inside of the bark, but I found impossible to remove the piece of wood from the centre. I will let you know if I succeed with this method.
The Black Spruce Picea mariana look fantastic in bright sunlight now with bright red new cones forming on the ends of the branches.
Labrador Tea (Skvattrum in Swedish) is now in bloom on the floor of the forest
and last week a pair of Swallows appeared and commenced building a nest in my boat house. And yesterday their presents proved very rewarding to me as their alarm calls alerted me to a Northern Hawk Owl Surnia ulula flying low over the cabin. Unfortunately it disappeared over the forest and dispite searching I was unable to locate.