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.

chimney-platform-2 chimney-platform

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.

wood-sled

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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Many thanks

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.

 

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.

A long weekend ruined by such unusual summer weather!!

Myself and my friend Tommy had planned a long weekend fishing trip to the mountains last weekend from Thursday evening to Sunday evening.  The weather forecast in the mountains was strong winds and heavy and so Tommy decided we would instead stay at his cabin in Killingi where we could fish the river Kaitum.

It has been usually cold and wet this summer and there is much more water in the rivers and marshes than there would normally be.  The level in the river we planned to fish was one and a half metres higher than usual.  Here is a picture from August 2011 when myself and Teres were at Tommy’s cabin

killingi 2011and here is a picture I took last weekend

killingi 2015There is nowhere to stand and fish along the edge of the river now as the river water extends into the forest, so we had to fish from Tommy’s boat.

tommy in boatOn Thursday evening and Friday morning the weather was fine and we were able to fish.

sunset killingiOn Thursday evening I caught a Pike and a 2kg Sea trout, but unfortunately the Sea trout managed to get off the hook once we had it near to the boat!

Here is a picture I took at midnight in Killingi and as you can see it doesn’t get dark even now.

midnight in KillingiOn Friday morning we travelled 5kms upstream to fish. We had caught nothing at lunch time, but fortunately I took a large rump steak with me to grill over the fire.

tommy by fireI made a set of tongs from a forked Birch to turn the steak and it was cooked to perfection!

tonges

After lunch I caught nothing, but Tommy caught a 2kg White Fish (Sik in Swedish).

tommy with sikwhich we smoked when we returned to the cabin.

Later on Friday it began to rain with a strong wind and this continued Saturday and was forecast to continue on Sunday, so we decided to cut our fishing trip short and head home early.

 

Reindeer calf marking

Yesterday reindeer were gathered up into a corral to mark the calves.

calf marking lapland

Each calf has a unique series of cuts made into it’s ears to show who owns the calf

reindeer calf

Some of the reindeer are already growing a nice set of horns ready for the breeding season in the autumn.

reindeer

Some of the reindeer were tame enough to feed.

feeding reindeer

As usual we made fires and grilled sausage and cooked coffee.

coffee braek-2 coffee break

A day at the cabin

Last Saturday i spent the day at my cabin.  As you can see there is still ice on the lake.

spring at my cabinand there is still a lot of snow on the ground

cabin spring 2015Very similar conditions to when I spent my first spring there in 2008.

I went for a long walk while at the cabin and found a trail of feathers

featherswhich led to the remains of a male Capercaillie

capercaillie remainsI imagine he had been displaying and was unaware of a Fox creeping up on him.  You can see Fox droppings in this picture

fox droppings

I also found some fresh Mink droppings

mink droppings

Black Grouse were also displaying at the cabin

black grouseand there was a hare

hareThe most common birds in the forest just now are Siskin

siskinand Brambling

brambling-1 brambling-2Reindeer are also calving at the moment

reindeer and calfOf course while out walking I made fire, cooked coffee and grilled sausage!

grilling korv

Air dried minced beef sausage

Last year a friend of mine gave me a dried minced beef sausage that he had made, to carry and eat when out in the forest.  He described how to make it and so I have given it a try.

You need; 2kg minced beef or other minced meat, 1 deciliter salt, two table spoons of sugar, herds and spices to flavour and  3,5cm tubular gauze bandage.

tube bandage

Mix the minced beef, salt and sugar together (these are help preserve the meat) then add herbs and spices to flavour (I have made some with Garlic taste and some with chilli & ginger).

Cut a 30cm long piece of gauze and tie one end.  Spoon the mixture into the gauze until it is full and then tie the other end.  Mark the sausage so that you know which flavour it is.

mince beef sausage

I made an insect proof box to hang the sausages in and they should be left to air-dry here where we live for two weeks.  Mine will be ready just in time for Easter!

drying mince beef sausage

2015 begins just like 2014 finished

Just before Christmas I was diagnosed with Pneumonia and given a course of anti-bionics.

On Christmas Day Kelly had a diarrhea and sickness bug and of course four days later I caught it.  I had diarrhea the whole of last week and was not able to keep any foods and liquids inside me.  Our health helpline recommended that i eat rice, carrots and sweat corn as these help to block up the stomach and digestive system.

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It helped for 24hrs but then the problem returned again.  Then the doctor gave me Vi-Siblin testa ispaghulae which are granules that you mix with water and drink.  After a bit I research I found that this is made from the seed husks of plantain (plantago sp), one of my favorite herbal species of plants https://naturallore.wordpress.com/2008/03/19/greater-plantain/.  This has been very effective and I am feeling much better now, however the pneumonia unfortunately persists and so I was unable to travel to England yesterday as planned.

When i did some work with the US Airforce in 2005

airforce

they taught about using different types of ash from a fire to help the digestive system by using the saying….”tight – white, black – slack” which means if you have constipation, mix white ash from the fire with water and drink to relieve symptoms and if you have diarrhea, use black charcoal from the fire mixed with water and drink to relieve the symptoms.  These methods work very well.