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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Misty mountain

Kelly has had a cold for the last week, so we haven’t been able to get out and about.

Our neighbour was blowing away the snow from the track to our house, and as the light looked nice, I thought I would take a couple of pictures.

The temperature has been around -20 for the last week, but yesterday the temperature started to rise, and cause a mist.  Dundret; our mountain in Gällivare looked really,

mountain in mist

but by the time I had found a good place to park and take some better pictures, the mountain had unfortunately disappeared!

dundret in mist

At the end of the week, it will be Jokkmokk’s marknad and I will be there on Thursday, so I will write about that next week.

A new year

I begin the year unemployed again, as a new company has taken over Gällivare Tourist Centre.

At home, I began the new year clearing snow from the roofs of our buildings (the snow was 110cms thick).

110cm snow

We have been out walking and the girls have been practising skiing

I have also been teaching the girls to make a quinzee.

girls making a quinzee

The sun is appearing above the horizon and where we live, it has started shining on the tree tops.

sun on treetops

Last night there was a clear sky and with an almost full moon, it was very bright outside

moonlight in lapland

And here is a picture of the moon from early this morning to end with.

early morning moon

Capercaillie

While driving to work on Tuesday, I saw a male Capercaillie  standing in the middle of the road.  He wasn’t bothered by vehicles passing at 90kms per hour, but as soon as I slowed down to take a photo, he ran away.  I did however manage to get one reasonable photo of him.

As you can see, the snow has been falling.  Last night there came 6cms more snow and yesterday morning the temperature went down to -19 degrees C.

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!

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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).

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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Grass of parnassus

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”

Grass of Parnassus

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.

kelly with new cycle

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 dummies

Kelly enjoys fishing, though soon gets bored when she does not catch anything.

kelly fishing

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.

kelly fishing rod

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.

kelly and grandad

 

A surprise visitor

This week we have had a fox cub coming to visit our garden.  I first saw it in the meadow

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and called it in towards me

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The closest it ha been, is one metre from me

fox cub

I have also found and picked and eaten the first Cloudberries (a relative of the Blackberry) of the year, which is incredibly early!!

cloudbery

I am grateful to Teres, Emma and my in-laws who spent last Saturday painting the outbuilding that I built last year.

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