Last night we had a light fall of snow, although more snow is not forecast for the next few days, temperatures will remain below freezing.
I have not been doing so much this week, but Teres has made Kelly a nice pair of reindeer leather shoes.
She cut out several shapes from the leather, including two reindeer
and sewed the parts together
to form some really comfortable shoes for Kelly
My mum passed away last weekend and so I will shortly be heading off to England for a couple of weeks, and will be unlikely to be posting here for a while.
After Dave left some comments about structural improvements to my out-building I felt I must try to address issues he had raised. Not sure if I understood everything correctly, but I hope so!!
I have built an internal frame around the door opening
The door I am going to use, is a sliding door that i was give, which I will fit on the outside of the building once I have nailed the outside panels on.
I could not obtain more 2″ x 5″ to strengthen the roof, but the local saw-mill did have a 2″ x 6″ left, so I have placed this mid-way under the rafters to provide support and help spread the weight.
I also found an old window which I have now mounted on one side of the building to provide a little light inside.
As usual, I am never alone when working ;>)
Last week I worked in Solberget, helping to teach 35 guests how to make a variety of items from reindeer leather.
The guests were family groups of varying ages and all made some really nice items, from bracelets to coffee bags.
Not much has happened over the last week so I thought I would show a picture of three knives I have made recently.
The materials used are; moose antler, half tanned leather, sallow root bur and birch bur.
I have located two different pairs of breeding Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) during last weekend.
They nest in holes in trees. This nest site was made by a Black Woodpecker.
One pair have large, mature young that can already fly and so were difficult to photograph
The other pair however, have young that have just left the nest and although they cannot fly, they are very good at climbing. They were very difficult to locate sitting in trees.
But once located, they did not move.
While carving a Birch spoon today I chopped my fingers with the axe (I was keeping an eye on Kelly instead of concentrating on what I was doing). I had read an article on Facebook that Cayenne Pepper is very good at staunching the flow of blood so I tried it out.
It did not stop the bleeding within 10 seconds as the article states, but within a minute it had stopped. The base of the fingers is not an easy place to apply a dressing, but I have taped the two fingers together and that seems to have worked ok.
We were at the cabin last weekend. On Friday it was warm and sunny
Kelly enjoys cleaning and tidying, which is good because I don’t!
She also also becoming very interested in nature. In this picture she was learning about ants and they get in your nappy!!
We wanted to have curtains in front of the beds to make it darker when sleeping, during the 24hrs of summer daylight and hide the beds away during the day.
We couldn’t find a curtain at the right length so I decided to make one. The hangers for the rail (which are screwed to the ceiling) I made out of pieces of Birch, screwed to pieces of Pine.
Then I cut, pealed and dried a Pine sapling (this I did two weeks previously)
Once it had dried and sanded and smoothed the sapling.
Here’s the rail fixed in place
and here’s the curtains in place
I spent a lot of time trying to photograph birds, but there are very few birds this year (probably because spring is so late. This Siberian Jay is the best picture I took.
Actually managed to get to the cabin over Easter for four days.
The first job when we arrived was for me to hastily erect a fence around the veranda so that Kelly did not fall off.
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.
We did not have enough space to take a push-chair with us, so Kelly travelled around in a pulka
and slept in it during the day