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
Starting to feel better now and so I have made some items.
A Birch bark container, an new armband for me and a taditional reindeer leather salt pouch.
I have been busy making items for Solberget Vildmarksbyn.
Some Birch bark containers, a kåsa and a large knife.
The knife handle is made from Birch bur, Moose horn and sheath leather.
and the cup is also made from Birch bur. A local reindeer herder gave me 10 out of 10 for the quality of this Kåsa which pleased me greatly!!
I’ve guided a couple more groups this week while working at Solberget.
We visited Arctic Circle and ate lunch.
Last time I wrote about a leather craft workshop we had had, and I just had to put up some pictures of items people ranging from 7 – 70 years old have made.
I was really impressed!
During the time I was unable to work, I changed my job. I now work part-time in a General Store here in Nattavaara and part-time in Solberget Wilderness Village as a tourist guide.
Working in the General Store and looking after Kelly means that I do not have much spare time to make and do things, and so it is getting increasingly difficult to find things to blog about and so I am now considering the future of this blog.
Fortunately this week I am working as a tourist guide, so will have some things to write about.
Yesterday we took 25 guests out on a days wandering with four of our Reindeer, up to the top of Solberget (Sun Hill). I talked about the wildlife and history of the area and talked about medicinal uses of some of the plants that we found.
Once we reached the top, we made fire and cooked sausages over the fire, before making our way back down again.
Today we ran a leather handicraft workshop, where our guests were able to make a hole range of items from Reindeer leather, including pouches, armbands, knife sheaths and necklaces.
It is a very cold spring we experiencing. Today it has only been 1 degree C, with snow showers. There are not many summer migrant birds that have arrived, though just now we do have a lot of Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) in the garden.
I am still not working a currently await a date for an operation on my hernia. While at home I decided to make a new sheath for a knife I made for Emma a while back.
Emma designed the sheath herself and helped make it.
This is something that I have not made myself, but we have as a Christmas decoration where I work…… It’s house made out of Birch bark, with a Horse-hoof fungus as a balcony and cotton wool as snow.