A little bit of luck

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

almost-see-the-sun-lapland

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!

snow-fallen-from-roof

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).

toasted-sandwiches

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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Fish Trap

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

mjädar fish trap

From the top it looks like this

mjadarThe 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.

 

fish in trap (Small)

The frame is made from steel wire, and then the frame is covered with chicken wire.  It can be very effective at catching fish.

perch in trap (Small)

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.

https://www.google.se/search?q=mj%C3%A4rde+fisk&client=firefox-b&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwifnfHog9LPAhVG2SwKHbhACngQ_AUICCgB&biw=1366&bih=604#tbm=isch&q=mj%C3%A4rde+

Ups and downs

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.

back xrayLast 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

wallpaper-2

wallpaper-1

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

leatherman fly tying vice-1I 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!

leatherman fly tying vice-2

Emma kept both herself and Kelly entertained while in the forest, by crushing up Blueberries and painting stone art with the juice.

emma stone art lapland

emma stone art gallivare

blueberry juice fish

Kelly even made me a stone cake

kelly art nattavaara

On Saturday night the temperature dropped down to -6 C, the first frost of the autumn!

 

The loft conversion and a quinzee

Last week I spent a day at Solberget Wilderness Village teaching their guests to build a quinzee ( I describe how to build one here; https://naturallore.wordpress.com/2008/02/05/making-a-snow-shelter-or-quinzee/

quinzee-1

The heap of snow was left to freeze for 2 hours

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Then the quinzee was hollowed out

quinzee

Once it was hollowed out, there was sufficient room inside to all the children.

Work on the loft conversion also continues…

loft conversion-9

The ceiling is up and all the electric cables to lights and plug sockets are in place, plus the wall dividing the bedroom and play room is now up

älvsbynhus

the built-in cupboards are also being constructed

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loft conversion-11 loft conversion-12

I start work again on Monday, so progress will be much slower after that.

Leather shoes

Last night we had a light fall of snow, although more snow is not forecast for the next few days, temperatures will remain below freezing.

I have not been doing so much this week, but Teres has made Kelly a nice pair of reindeer leather shoes.

She cut out several shapes from the leather, including two reindeer

leather shoes-1

and sewed the parts together

leather shoes-2

to form some really comfortable shoes for Kelly

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My mum passed away last weekend  and so I will shortly be heading off to England for a couple of weeks, and will be unlikely to be posting here for a while.

Out-building completed

Once the planks were cut to go up on the walls, and delivered

panels on lorry

I could start putting up the first layer

panels going up

with a 75mm gap between each plank.

panels first layer

Then the outer layer was put on, with each plank placed over the 75mm gap (each plank was 125mm wide)

outbuilding-1

I have also mounted a sliding door on the front

sliding door

and a couple of windows in the sides (these are old windows from the cabin)

outbuilding-3

Inside I am using all the remaining off-cuts to build shelving

shelving

So apart from some fiddly little jobs left to do, the out-building is completed!!

Raising the roof

Managed to get a weekend at the cabin last weekend.  I spent some time fishing but didn’t get a single bite, and I did some work on the boat.

As you can see in this picture, the left side of the boat house has sunk down; probably due to the weight of snow that lays on it during the winter.

boat house

Using a bottle jack, I have lifted up the roof now and placed a 4″ x 4″ post under a rafter to support the roof.  This is only a short term remedy as I never have to time these days to do a proper repair, but I am confident it will be good enough for another winter.

lifting boat house roof

The leaves on the trees have changed colour and are dropping and the temperature is dropping below freezing at night.  Some people have seen some fantastic displays of northern Lights during the last couple of weeks, but unfortunately I have missed them!