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
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.
We have made fire with green Birch
and sat and grilled sausage over the fire.
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.
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
The project did not take long to complete
and I am very pleased with the end result.
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.
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.
and landed in a tree, but it was a bit too far away to get any decent pictures.
There were many people at the market. So many, that it was difficult to take photo’s.
There was a Sámi women was very good at making Birch bark containers.
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.
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.
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.
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,
but by the time I had found a good place to park and take some better pictures, the mountain had unfortunately disappeared!
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.
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).
We have been out walking and the girls have been practising skiing
I have also been teaching the girls to make a quinzee.
The sun is appearing above the horizon and where we live, it has started shining on the tree tops.
Last night there was a clear sky and with an almost full moon, it was very bright outside
And here is a picture of the moon from early this morning to end with.
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.