Ice fishing

The temperatures have remained above freezing during the last week.

Last Saturday I went to a local lake to do some ice fishing.

kevin_warrington icefishing

The fish were biting, but I never managed to catch anything.  I was really nice to be out in such beautiful weather even when I did not catch anything.

Later on Saturday the family gathered at my in-laws for a BBQ.

family bbq_lapland

A resident bird that always appears when you light a fire is the Siberian Jay.  They know that were there is people and fire, there will be food.

siberianjay

A bird that started to reappear in large numbers last weekend is the Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator).  They are returning after spending the winter further south.

pinegrosbeak

The weather is supposed to be getting colder again later this week and then we will be back to normal temperatures for this time of year.

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Hurricane force winds and+ degrees

Teres came home on Friday and is recovering gradually.

Last weekend was very eventful.

The temperature rose above freezing on Saturday and the snow began to melt

snow-sliding-roof

Which meant that I had to get up on to the roof and clear snow

clearing-snow-roof

But at the same time we also had hurricane force winds gusting to 28m/s which made working on the roof quite difficult and unfortunately during the process of clearing snow I hurt my back again (it’s already getting better though).

On Sunday there was almost no wind and the temperature was just below freezing again, so myself and Kelly decided to have the first bbq of the year.

kelly-bbq-2

Hot-dogs and warm chocolate were on the menu and it was really nice to be able to sit out in the sun for the first time.

kelly-bbq-1

We had planned to go ice-fishing, but because I had soooo much pain in my back, this will have to wait for another time.

It’s getting warmer

Unfortunately Teres is still in hospital and they now suspect that she has a blood clott on one of her lungs.

At least the weather is improving and it has been only – 5 today. So I was out with Kelly.

She played in the snow

And then we sat and drank hot chocolate

We made a brief visit to Jokkmokks marknad (temperature was – 26), but there were so many people there and with a five year old to look after, I was not able to take any pictures.

I’m not the one who is sick this time.

Kelly and Teres have had influencer again (a different strain this time) and last night I had to rush Teres to accident and emergency (50kms from where we live) because she was having trouble breathing.

It turns out that she now has double pneumonia and is being kept in under observation, and is being given intravenous antibiotics.

The temperature is still between -20 and -30 degrees and we have had more snow, but only a few millimetres (still not enough to use the snowmobile).

If I am still well and Teres is out of hospital; I shall be visiting Jokkmokk’s Marknad this coming weekend and will write about my visit next week.