Busy, busy, busy….

Two weekends ago I was at the cabin with Teres, Kelly and Emma.  I was collecting and cutting up fallen trees

cutting logs

and Teres stacked the split logs in the wood shed

stacking wood

We also spent some time in the forest.

family in forest


The test driving job finished due to a fault with the car, so I have been working on a building site collecting rubbish.  Fortunately, the vast majority of this “rubbish” was 3×2 and 4×2 timber, which I was allowed to keep!

scrap wood

Last weekend I used some of this material to build a lean-to store.

building lean-to-1

and some Pine poles collected from the forest.

building lean-to-2

I’m very pleased with the end product.

building lean-to-3

I am also using some of these reclaimed materials to build a play house for Kelly.  Here is the floor.

play house floor

and I have now started building the walls

play house

Because I have made new knives for the children, Teres also wanted one.  So I have made her a neck-knife like the one I use.

teres knife

The new version of the sheath can also be warn on a belt.

teres sheath

Heat wave

As I am writing this, it is 8am and already the temperature is 19 degrees C.  Just about all the snow has melted during the last few days and there is a lot of flooding now in this area.  It must be summer, because the girls have set up the trampoline.

building trampoline

and we have been cooking our meals outside over an open fire.

grilled moose meat

I have now completed Emma’s new knife and sheath


And I have a new friend called Alf, who is a master craftsman and has already taught me a lot.  Here is some of his work.


Last Saturday I attended the annual gathering of ornithologists in Hakkas.


There were much less birds than usual, and I did not get any really nice photo’s, but here are a couple; a Capercaillie and a White Wagtail.

Now the girls have new knives, there mum also wants one, so that’s what I will be working on this week.

Changeable weather

The weather is very changeable to say the least at the moment, with heavy snow, rain or sunshine and temperatures from -5 – +10.  The good news is, that even with the changeable weather, the snow is continuing to melt quickly and soon it will be possible to go walking in the forest.

Birds are continuing to arrive, either to breed or just passing through on migration.  We had about 300 Brambling in the garden yesterday, and I saw a male Ring Ouzel in the village (didn’t manage to get a picture of it unfortunately).


We have a pair of Whooper swans on the stream that runs through the village.  They are waiting for the ice on the lakes to melt so that they can breed.

Hopefully I will have more to write about next time.

Working again

For the last 4 months I have been unemployed, but this week I have started a new job for 6 weeks as a test driver for Nissan.  Unfortunately this means that I have less time to be out and about doing things.

We have many migrant birds arriving back again as the snow melts.  During the last few days there have been many Fieldfare’s returning.


I have also completed a sheath for the neck-knife that I made last week.


I have my camera with me when I am test driving, so I am hoping I might get some nice photo’s during the next week.