29.5 degrees

We currently have a heat wave her in Lapland and today the temperature reached 29,5 degrees.

Last weekend we were out fishing and grilling sausage of cause.

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Today I have been working in Killinge, which is a very beautiful area along the Kaitum river.

Where the Salmon are in full migration, jumping up the waterfalls and rapids.

I have now built the stairs up to the second level in the tree house/ playhouse, so we now need to get some furniture to put in there.

treehouse-stairs

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Heat wave

As I am writing this, it is 8am and already the temperature is 19 degrees C.  Just about all the snow has melted during the last few days and there is a lot of flooding now in this area.  It must be summer, because the girls have set up the trampoline.

building trampoline

and we have been cooking our meals outside over an open fire.

grilled moose meat

I have now completed Emma’s new knife and sheath

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And I have a new friend called Alf, who is a master craftsman and has already taught me a lot.  Here is some of his work.

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Last Saturday I attended the annual gathering of ornithologists in Hakkas.

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There were much less birds than usual, and I did not get any really nice photo’s, but here are a couple; a Capercaillie and a White Wagtail.

Now the girls have new knives, there mum also wants one, so that’s what I will be working on this week.

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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Enjoying the sun

The wind seems to constantly blow from the north and so it is still cold, but at least we get some warmth from the sun, so myself and Kelly have been out with the snowmobile.

snowmobile-lapland

We have made fire with green Birch

green birch fire

and sat and grilled sausage over the fire.

grilling sausage

We still have a lot of Pine Grosbeaks around and I have been out taking some photo’s.

And I took a nice photo of a Red Squirrel.

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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.

 

Chocolate raisins and whisky

Last weekend I went to the cabin

travelling to cabin

I was concerned that there might be a large amount of snow on the roof and when I arrived, I was that I was right.

snow on cabin roof

After getting a fire going in the stove, I cleared a path to the wood store

clearing snow to wood store

and then to the toilet.

clearing snow to toilet

I decided to make some lunch before beginning work.  I had with me some sausage, bread, butter, whisky, cheese in  a tube and a packet of hot chocolate + some chocolate raisins.  I also found a tin of frozen Baked Beans in the cabin, so for lunch I had sausage and beans.

food supply

After that, It was time to get up on the roof and start removing the snow.  Fortunately my father-in-law was nearby and called in to say hello and helped with the snow removal.

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It took about three hours to remove the snow

snow from roof

To give you an idea of the snow depth, the next-box in this picture cannot be reached during the summer without a ladder!

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After my father-in-law had had a coffee, he headed home.  It was starting to get dark, so I kit the oil lamps and started making a leather pouch for my 8×24 Opticron binoculars.  My evening meal to accompany me while working, was chocolate raisins and some whisky.

whisky and chocoöate raisins

By the end of the evening I was a little drunk, but very pleased with my pouch.

leather binocular pouch

The next morning I made Chaga tea and fried sausage and made sausage sandwiches for breakfast.

sausage breakfast

After breakfast I made a pouch to hold my First Aid kit.

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For the closer on the pouch I made two holes in the lid and two holes in the front of the pouch and then threaded a match through the holes.

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After lunch, I headed home again.

 

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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