Easter weekend at my cabin

My family stayed at home over Easter, but I spent the weekend at my cabin.  I spent some time ice-fishing alone

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and I also spent time fishing with my neighbours

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but unfortunately we did not catch many fish.

I was also out and about with the snowmobile (this picture was taken by my neighbour)

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When I first bought my cabin, there was forest all around, but unfortunately the majority of forest has now been removed.  I saw no animals at all while I was there.

Here are a couple of pictures of the full moon from last weekend.

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I also took some bird photo’s.  These are of Siberian Jay

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and Willow Tit

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and finally a male Pine Grosbeak.

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You may recall that I built a sledge earlier in the winter.

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I made the seat removable which has meant that it has other uses.  I used it to carry my equipment to the cabin

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and to collect wood

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Bunk-bed work-bench

I have been continuing to develop my work-shop and I have completed to transition of the bunk-bed, into a work-bench.  I began by taking the bunk-bed apart and then re-used the various parts to begin constructing the work-bench

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The project did not take long to complete

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and I am very pleased with the end result.

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Hopefully my workshop will be completed next week and I will be writing more.

We currently have 4 Pine Grosbeaks (Pinicola enucleator) feeding in the garden

and today I have been watching Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) coming to a small hole in the river ice, to drink.

It should be feeling a bit more like spring now, but night-time temperatures are still below -20 and day-time are only at around -10.  This is the first winter since I moved he, that the temperature has not been above freezing during the whole winter.

 

Jokkmokks Marknad 2018

I visited Jokkmokks Marknad  both on Thursday and Saturday.  While travelling to Jokkmokk on Thursday, a juvenile Sea Eagle flew up from the side of the road.

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and landed in a tree, but it was a bit too far away to get any decent pictures.

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There were many people at the market. So many, that it was difficult to take photo’s.

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There was a Sámi women was very good at making Birch bark containers.

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There is a also a Finnish house building company that has moved to Jokkmokk, and they will be selling timber houses from 2019 and they had a sauna at the market to demonstrate to quality of their work.

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I bought a couple of tanned reindeer skins for making coffee bags and a thicker skin (not sure from which animal) for making pouches for my new equipment belt.  The fork in the picture below, I use to make the holes for sewing.

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I wet mould the leather to achieve the required shape.  I had made a pouch for my Leatherman Wave, a pouch to hold a tobacco tin and one to hold my Petzl Tikka head-torch + three spare batteries in the bottom of the pouch.

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It just keeps snowing and snowing!!

Every day it snows at the moment and meteorologists have said that we already have as much snow on the ground as we would usually have in February!  After it had rained almost every day during the summer, I thought that we would not get so much snow this winter.

The railway tracks in Gällivare, outside the tourist centre where I wok are kept clear using a snow-blowing attachment, mounted on a digger arm.  The digger has train wheels on it, so that it can drive along the tracks.

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I have a new camera which I am keen to test, but as it is so cloudy and only light for a short time, I’m not able to test it.  The camera I have purchased is a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.  The three pictures above are the only ones I have taken with it.  I had no tripod and I must say that I am very pleased with the results.

http://i1.adis.ws/i/pcec/DMC-FZ1000_ALT01?$PDP-Hero-Image-Desktop$

Snowmobile sled almost completed

Last weekend I continued to work on construction of the snowmobile sled.  I had previously found a large piece of plastic in a skip, which was perfect to have under the sled.

I warmed it and then moulded it to the shape of the sled and screwed it in place.

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I built a seat and floor, both of which can be removed so that I can use the sled for transporting equipment.

Its not completely finished yet, but Kelly could not wait to try it, so we took it out for a test run.

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I am very pleased with how it works!

 

Biolite Campstove

I actually have quite a bit to write about this time!!

My friend Håkan Nilsson over at https://nilssonslojd.wordpress.com/author/nilssonslojd/  has made me a beautiful knife as a gift. the materials are Sallow root bur and Reindeer horn and half tanned Reindeer leather.

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He has even incorporated my Natural Lore mark into the scrimshaw on the sheath

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You might recall the saga of the Thermarest Ultralight Cot that I bought, which had half of the parts missing https://naturallore.wordpress.com/?s=thermarest&submit=Search.

I have to say that the distributor here in Sweden; Granitbiten have been very good.  They arranged for some spare poles to be sent to me from Thermarest and they also sent me two items from the “Hydro flask” range. A 16 oz True Pint and a 21 oz Standard Mouth.

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I am particularly impressed with the flask, because unlike other metal drinks bottles, the contents did not freeze when I left it out over night at -15c.

I have also purchased a Biolite CampStove.The BioLite CampStove generates usable electricity for charging LED lights, mobile phones, and other personal devices. Burning only wood, the CampStove creates a smokeless campfire that can cook meals and boil water in minutes. Setup is easy, fuel is free, and flames are hyperefficient with performance on par with white gas stoves.  This item weighs 940grams.

There are many reviews of this product on the internet, but many of those reviewers have clearly NOT red the instructions.  Before using the CampStove for the first time, it is important to fully charge the lithium battery, which takes about six hours.  This powers a fan that significantly improves combustion.  The orange light will stop flashing once the battery is fully charged.

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I have tested the stove and am very impressed.  In this picture, the wood in the stove has just been ignited (note that I have added aluminium tape on the top to help protect it from heat and hot ash, but this may not be necessary)

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After about 10 seconds you turn on the fan by pressing a button on the battery pack an in this next picture the fan has been activated to aid combustion

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The fan has two settings, depending how much heat out-put you require.  The thermal electric generator mounted inside the battery housing first re-charges the internal lithium battery, but once the orange light turns green, you can then connect a USB device to be charged via a USB port.

The stove took just three and a half minutes to boil a can of water, and during that time it charged my mobile battery by 1%

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Some reviews show a small pot adapter included (which I really need), but this was not included in mine.  Instead I received a “USB Flexlight” which helps you see when cooking in the dark.  You just tap the back of the light to activate it and hole your finger on the back of the light to adjust the brightness.

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I contacted Biolite about the small pot adapter and they are arranging to send one to me, which is great customer service.

I will write more about this product once I have used it more, but so far I am very impressed.

http://www.bioliteenergy.com/

Tomorrow I am starting a new job.  I will be working at Gällivare tourist centre on a three month trial.  I’m sure I will be writing more about that in the future.

 

A little bit of luck

This is as close as we get to seeing the sun at the moment.

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The weather has been very strange for the past week, as it has been above freezing and temperatures have even been as high as 9 degrees C, with some rain.

I was working up on the house roof over the weekend, designing and building a platform for the chimney sweeper to be able to inspect the flue we have put up.

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I was incredibly lucky because on Monday all the snow came down from the roof and if I had still been working on the roof at the time, I would have gone with it!

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The stove installation is now complete and we used the stove for the first time yesterday.

new-woodburnerI made cheese and pickle toasties for everyone, in the oven (tonight it will be pizza’s).

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I have constructed a wooden box, which I have mounted on to a plastic sled, to use for fetching wood from the shed.

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On Tuesday the missing poles for my Thermarest cot finally arrived.  I thought I would at least receive an apology for the inconvenience, but the only thing in the packet was the items and a business card.

thermarest-cot-cascade-designs  For the first time, I have tried using a sewing machine to make a leather bag and I was pleased with the end result (hand sewing is much more relaxing though)

reindeer-skin-bagFinally, I would just like to wish all my friends and readers….

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