Work has continued on the loft conversion over Christmas, but not as much has been completed as I had hoped.
All the insulation is completed now and I have been wiring in lights and sockets.
The access holes have insulated doors in place now and just need the fronts fitted to them.
Even though the sun is not appearing above the horizon just now, on the 26th there was a really nice dusk sky with mother of pearl clouds.
More next week!!
This weekend we have held a market and Christmas lunch here in Nattavaara.
Father Christmas and his elves were there
At the market we sold home-made foods and crafts
There were also Christmas plant decorations to buy
Over 80 people also enjoyed a Christmas lunch
I had my first chance to get out and about on the snow mobile on Friday, driving about 50kms in total.
Here’s a picture I took at midday and shows quite well that the sun is now only just appearing over the horizon (but at 7:30am we have blue sky)
Knowing that I would be cooking coffee later in the day I collected firelighting material in advance. The temperature was only -13 so this Old Mans Beard lichen was a little damp.
I put damp firelighting material in my shirt for at least one and a half hours and my body heat helps to dry it, so when I was ready to make fire the material was dry
One of my tasks while out was to find a Christmas tree (Jul gran in Swedish) and after a lot of searching I found a nice shaped tree
The tree looked really good once Teres had decorated it
Last Christmas I wrote about Christmas with a difference and this year Christmas dinner in the woods was even more popular with 16 of us gathering to cook, eat, drink and have fun.
Most of the snow and ice had gone but there was a bitterly cold north-easterly wind blowing.
Everyone had to provide and cook something towards our feast this year; we had two joints of home grown lamb as our meet, roast potatoes & parsnips, boiled green cabbage & pickled red cabbage, stuffing and gravy.
For our second course we had; home made mince pies, apple and blackberry crumble, apple and blackcurrant pie and cheese and biscuits. Even BAH HUMGUG!! enjoyed himself ;>)
I’m taking a break over the Christmas period but will be posting again soon with some BIG NEWS!!!
HAR GOD JUL OCH GOTT NYTT AR to all my friends in Sweden!!
To all my friends, readers and contributors
Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas and have a very
Happy New Year
Kevin (AKA Fenlander)
New for 2009……new blog, new name, new location…..see you there!
Keep watching for more details soon.