My family stayed at home over Easter, but I spent the weekend at my cabin. I spent some time ice-fishing alone
and I also spent time fishing with my neighbours
but unfortunately we did not catch many fish.
I was also out and about with the snowmobile (this picture was taken by my neighbour)
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.
I also took some bird photo’s. These are of Siberian Jay
and Willow Tit
and finally a male Pine Grosbeak.
You may recall that I built a sledge earlier in the winter.
I made the seat removable which has meant that it has other uses. I used it to carry my equipment to the cabin
and to collect wood
I have been asked by one of my readers to provide a little more information about a fish trap which I use at the cabin. This particular trap is called a “Mjäder” and I first used it when I visited the cabin before I even owned it
From the top it looks like this
The fish can swim in but they cannot find their way out again. Some people say that you must cover it with Spruce branches so that the fish swim in to it for protection, but I have never found this necessary.
The frame is made from steel wire, and then the frame is covered with chicken wire. It can be very effective at catching fish.
There is a small door so that you can reach in and remove the fish.
You can see here that there are many different designs.
Many thanks to those of you who have contacted me with advise and tips about my future. i really appreciate it!!
Last weekend we were at the cabin again and I did a spot of fly-fishing.
I caught a perch
and a Grayling
We forgot to take Kelly’s potty with us, so I built one out of plywood, scraps of wood, a piece of camping insulation matt and an old plastic container.
Kelly was so pleased with it and it worked so well, that we have decided to keep to use as “the cabin potty”.
A friend of my dads sent him a down jacket that he bought in Canada in the late 80’s.
It is made by Snow Goose which was the original name for Canada Goose
and the style number is 1990.
If anyone knows more about this jacket I would like to know more…..was it military issue for example?
I tried to run a tourist business when I moved here 6 years ago and there was very little interest, so I think I need to find something to do that there is demand for up here. I’m considering going back to education (I left school when I was 16 without any major qualifications) and studying to do something completely different for a job e.g website building. here is a website that I have built without a great deal of knowledge; http://www.nattavaara.net/.
I went to the hospital to see a specialist yesterday about my back. The good news is that he does not want to operate at the moment because there is so much positive improvement with my training (the operation would have been to fuse two of my vertebrae together). However I have a degenerative disease; inherited from one of my parents which means that the tissue between the disks breaks down and eventually I will have to have the operation.
In the picture below the healthy disks are thick and have much grey colour between them. The last three disks (especially the middle one which causes most pain) has almost nothing between the vertebrae.
Last week my employer terminated my employment because I have been sick so much and can’ do my job in my current condition. I think it will be a challenge to find full-time employment again up here.
Last weekend we were at the cabin. Teres wallpapered the veranda that I built a couple of years ago
I had left my fly tying equipment at home, but found a hook, some feathers left over from Easter and some fine fishing line and inspired by an article in the latest issue of “The Bushcraft Magazine” I decided to make a Pike lure. I had no clamp to hold the hook, so improvised using my Leatherman Wave and a little vice
I was very pleased with the end result, and in fact we caught a 40cm Pike with it, but I dropped the fish before Emma could take a photograph!
Emma kept both herself and Kelly entertained while in the forest, by crushing up Blueberries and painting stone art with the juice.
Kelly even made me a stone cake
On Saturday night the temperature dropped down to -6 C, the first frost of the autumn!
Before moving to live here in Lapland, I managed Chippenham Fen National Nature Reserve where we spent much time, money and effort to re-establish a plant called “Grass of Parnassus Parnassia palustris”
which grew there until the late 1980´s, but we never succeeded in getting it back again.
Here it grows very commonly. We even have it along the edges of the track to our house (the above picture is taken at the edge of our track).
I have only noticed it growing there because we bought Kelly her first cycle and we now go out with her at least twice a day.
It’s not been an easy time for Kelly during the last few days, because she has thrown her dummies in the river, to give to the baby fish!! and now has to sleep without her dummy.
Kelly enjoys fishing, though soon gets bored when she does not catch anything.
I have mad her up a special fishing set. The rod is really an ice fishing rod and i bought a small reel for it.
It works so well that I have one myself now, as with my back problem it is not so easy to cast a full size rod. I cannot cast so far out, but as many of the fish are nearer to the edge, this is not a problem. I have caught 2 1kg Rainbow trout with this set-up.
My dad has settled in now and is really enjoying spending time with Kelly and the rest of the family.
Many thanks to all of you who sent congratulations to us on our wedding.
The weather has improved and daytime temperatures are now around 16 degrees, though there was a frost last night.
I have not done a great deal since I wrote last, but I did go fishing with a neighbour for a couple of hours and caught a Rainbow trout.
The mosquitoes are out very early this year. My dad hates them so he will unfortunately have an unpleasant couple of months ahead of him.
I can’t believe it is almost mid-summer and soon the days will start to get shorter again.
While in Killinge a few weeks ago I tried fly-fishing for the first time and although I caught nothing, I really enjoyed it. Not having much money at the moment I searched for a good deal on the internet and found this; http://www.flextec.co.uk/products/flextec-fly-fishing-kit-rod-reel-line-flies-and-landing-net and order the kit.
I had read some reviews and all stated that Flextec is good quality equipment for the price and I would have to say that I agree.
I spent a lot of time fishing at the cabin last weekend in my inflatable canoe, both with Emma and alone
I tested the fly-fishing kit and although I did not get any bites, I found it easy to get nice long casts with the rod. The only problem was that the flies sank all the time, so I need to buy something to help keep them afloat.
I did catch 11 Perch with a spinner and 1 Grayling
and Emma caught a Perch using a worm as bait.
I’m looking forward to next summer when I can really test my new fly-fishing rod!
On Saturday evening we were treated to a fine display of Northern Lights. Unfortunately this picture does not do them justice, but you can just see a green haze over the trees.