Reindeer leather backpack

I bought Teres a sewing machine for Christmas that will also sew leather.  I wanted Kelly to have a small backpack she could use to carry nappies and changing equipment, so Teres had a go at making one and the result is very good!

backpack-1The pack is held closed with a piece of Reindeer horn that I made into a toggle.  The inside is drawn closed with a string.

backpack-4The shoulder straps are made from leather and parts from a old rucksack.

backpack-2The straps are attached to a key ring at the top of the pack.


Kelly loves her backpack.


Things are starting to happen

We still have a lot of snow (about 1 metre deep) but as the days get longer and warmer, it gradually melts.  We have been out enjoying the sunshine and the mince beef sausage which is now dry and ready to eat

dried mincebeef sausageBirds such as Whooper Swan, Greenfinch, Snow Bunting and Chaffinch are returning and just now we have an unusual visitor to the garden, a Siberian Nutcracker.

siberian nutcracker-1 siberian nutcracker-2We had one in 2010 that spent the winter here, but they do not breed here.

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.