Finishing touches to out-building

So last weekend I worked on the finishing touches to the out-building.

I have fixed up a metal sill over the sliding door mechanism

door guard

and used camping insulation mat screwed along both the front and back edge of the door to form a wind and snow seal, but the flexibility of the mat still allows the door to opened and closed

door seal

The sills over and under the windows are in place now

window guards

and metal trim around the roof

side view

Inside, I made more shelving;

for tools and equipment


for timber

wood store

for work clothing and spare parts to machinery


and a loft where we can keep skis and larger items


On Sunday I even had time to go and saw up some Birch that I had felled in the spring.

cut birch



Ruskovilla merino wool thermals

At some point when I had pneumonia I have coughed so hard that I have fractured two of my ribs!  As a result I still cannot do a great deal at the moment.

My Christrmas present from the children was a new set of Ruskovilla merino wool thermal underwear.  I bought my first set 10 years ago and apart from the colour having faded, they are just as good today as they were when I purchased them.


Ruskovilla is a Finnish company:-

Ruskovilla – ecologically produced clothes and textiles from natural fibres. We are committed to quality in a very deep sense: in all phases of production, from raw materials to the finished product, we take people and environment into consideration.

Ruskovilla, established in 1981, is a pioneer of environmentally friendly  textile manufacture in Finland.

We wish to bring you closer to nature and its authenticity. What engineers attempt to invent  in their laboratories, nature developed thousands of years ago. Nature’s produce and their uniquely suitable qualities cannot be copied.

Natural fibres bring the luxury of feeling good into your life. Clothes against your skin can make you feel either comfortable and pleasant or, for example, chilly and sweaty. The natural fibres – wool and silk – have a unique ability to cooperate with your skin. They breatrhe as your skin does and keep you always nicely warm and comfy. It is important for your skin to breathe well:you are feeling better when it is breathing naturally.

Our choise is an ecologically and ethically more sustainable world, and we are not alone. Numerous energetic people around the world make this same choice every day, the choice for sustainable development, for a healthy planet and mankind.

Although we support nature, we are not opposed to technology. We wish to communicate with you and therefore we are also on the Internet. Please take a look at our pages and send us tour message, feedback or comments. Naturally, you may equally well contact our customer service or retailers. We want to answer any questions you may have.”

“Our wool is ethically produced organic merino wool ( mulesing free ). The wool is produced in South America: Argentina and Uruguay.
There are many aspects included in ecological production e.g. environmental and social factors, which we wish to support by getting our raw material from producers using this method of production.
Ruskovilla organic merino wool is produced according to the criteria of IVN (Internationaler Verband der Naturtextilwirtschaft e.V.). The yarn is spun by a german spinnery, and it is certified by IMO (Institute for Marketecology).

Dyed wool products

The spinnery uses as few synthetic chemicals as possible for dying woollen yarn. The dying process takes place in closed system with the use of reactive dyes causing the fibres to react completly with the dye and preventing the dyes from running. Therefore, reactive dyes are safer option for garments that are in direct contact with the skin. No crome dyes or heavy metal salts are used in the organic production process. Any harmless auxiliary products that are indispensible in the dyeing process are flushed out in the post-dyeing rinsing process.

Merno wool – an inimitable natural product

– Feels soft, elastic and pleasant
– Lets air through and does not cause perspiration
– Absorbs moisture without feeling wet, warms you even when damp
– Neutralises skin excretions
– Fireproof

The sheep is man’s oldest domestic animal. Its wool has been used for clothing by man for as long as 10,000 years. Scientists around the world are trying to copy the properties of wool with man-made fibres, but without success. Wool is inimitable.

The reasons for the unique characteristics of wool are to be found in its chemical and physical properties: crimp, elasticity and an ability to absorb moisture which cannot be matched.

The crimp derives from the difference in tension between the ortocortex and paracortex of the main tissue. Products made of crimped wool are porous, enhancing thermal insulation.

The crimp also gives the fibres elasticity and resilience. Because of the elasticity, the insulating properties of wool do not fade with time and use. Wool does not crease and quickly returns to shape.

Wool is a warm fibre. After absorbing moisture, chemical reactions take place in its fibres. These reactions release heat and make the fibre feel warm against the skin.

Wool is capable of absorbing up to 35 per cent water without feeling damp.”

Unfortunately there is no UK retailer, but they now have a webshop where you can buy there products.

I have the “Outdoor top and underpants.”

You can read more about the benefits of wearing wool here:-

Fjällraven Luhkka

Found a real bargain in a sports shop here in Gällivare last week.  A Fjällraven Luhkka, which should have cost 2800SEK was in the sale for only 800SEK!!  They had only one and fortunately it was in my size.

fjällraven luhhkaThe Luhkka is a traditional woolen cape worn in winter by the Sámi people. The luhkka protected the furcoat from getting wet from melting or falling snow. When skiing the luhkka protected against snow from the trees and cold. For skiing you used a luhkka with longer back side, that could also protect the backpack.


Fjällraven Description

 Smart knee-length cape inspired by the Sami’s versatile and practical Luhkka. Can be worn on its own during the autumn and spring and as a reinforcement garment over normal winter clothing on cold winter days – just as the Sami have always worn it. When worn over normal shell garments it offers flexible protection against the cold and bitter winds, and any snow can be quickly shaken off before going indoors. A thin synthetic lining has been added to the strong, wind and water resistant G-1000 for extra warmth. The cape has a fixed, adjustable hood with detachable synthetic fur edging and a reflective band in the back. There is a half zipper in the front and a G-1000 gusset in the opening with soft fleece on the inside. A breast pocket is positioned immediately beside the opening and further down there is a kangaroo pouch. Push buttons at the wrists hold the cape in place when you are on the move. Zipper pulls and the trim are in natural tone leather.
My recommendation would be the inclusion of a fleece lining in the “kangaroo pouch” as you only have the G-1000 material between you and -30 degrees, which doesn’t help to warm your hands when they are cold!  Apart from that, I think its a great product.
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Icebug Sorix BUGrip boots

I have purchased a pair of Icebug Sorix BUGrip winter boots.  I have seen many people wearing these boots, but knew nothing about them.  Teres recently purchased a pair and she is very impressed with them.

Icebug is a Swedish shoe company which began in 2001 to challenge the global footwear giants. They were frustrated by the risk of slipping when out undertaking outdoor activities. The company started as a result of the need to be able to stay active year-round.

So they created shoes for running and activities on slippery winter surfaces.  With a unique rubber compound that provides outstanding traction and smart studs, which adapt to varying surfaces, they make shoes that allow you to move around as normal even when it’s slippery out there.


BUGrip® is the name of Icebug’s grip technology for the most slippery conditions. A BUGrip. sole is made of a special rubber compound and has 15-19 integrated steel studs. The design of the studs, together with the properties of the rubber compound, give these studs a dynamic function. The studs work independently from each other and are not completely fixed. When weight is applied the studs push in toward the surface of the sole. How far they are pushed in depends on the pressure exerted by the user and the resistance from the ground. This dynamic function makes the studs adapt to the surface and provide the best possible traction on anything from dry asphalt to pure ice.


This boot is 100% waterproof. The membrane could either be from an external partner brand, like Outdry (see separate description), or our own BUGdri. The BUGdri technology consists of a tape sealed booty construction, where the waterproof and breathable membrane surrounds the foot like a sock between the lining and upper material. Membrane specification: Waterproofness: water column of over 10,000mm. Breathability: 1,000g/m2/24h.

-40°C comfort zone

Products with Comfort Zone -40°C are both insulated and have a thermostatic sole. Our shoes in the Subzero category matches this criteria.

I will be testing my boots during this winter and will then write a review.

Just a few pictures

George is doing such a fantastic job with his informative posts while I am looking after Kelly, but I thought I would just put up a few pictures from the last week.

Here’s me preparing to go into the operating theatre when Kelly was born.

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Here are my favourite three girls

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This Kelly at home sleeping

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Kelly’s first bad hair day!!

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We needed a large, light container to weigh Kelly in, so one of my Birch bark containers was perfect.

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Here’s Emma feeding her little sister (Kelly needs supplementary feeding just now to help maintain her right weight)

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Emma changing Kelly’s nappy

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I have a Dreamdot baby carrier, so that I can carry Kelly around while doing other things.


Of course Emma does the same with her baby!

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TOG 24

TOG 24; have you heard of them?…I hadn’t.

While in the UK I wanted to buy a down jacket and while in TK MAX in Newmarket I found a jacket made by a company called TOG 24 for £90.  Not familiar with the company I decided not to buy one.  I asked friends about this company but no one seemed to know much about them, but coincidentally while visiting my aunty in hospital in Peterborough, my cousin informed me that TOG 24 had a store about 2 minutes drive from the hospital, so I decided to pay them a visit to find out more about the jacket.

The jacket is called an “Everest” and has 80% Duck down, 20% Feather and 500 fill power.  Their temperature rating for the jacket was to about -30 degrees C.

When I told them I was thinking to buy from TK MAX they even offered a jacket at a slightly cheaper price, so I bought one.

The coldest temperature I have warn the jacket at so far is -22 with just at-shirt underneath and I was warm and comfortable.  The jacket is a little thicker than other more expensive makes and does not pack down so small, but for the price I am very very pleased!!


First course available

It’s now dark by 4pm but things are continuing to progress.  I have just added pictures and text to my post about our new cabin

Our new website is now up and running and I have just published details of the first Sami course we are offering called Skin. wool and fur.  The first five people booking on the courses will being staying in the above cabin.

I am also busy working on the cabin we have in the garden, to make it into a classroom for our craft courses, but more about that soon.