Myself and Kelly have just returned from a three day trip to Finland.
We visited the Santa Claus village in Rovaniemi where kelly got to meet Santa
and his reindeer and calves.
We then travelled to Ranua to visit a wildlife park. The wildlife park has many animals and birds from Northern Europe including;
and it’s the only place in Europe (and possibly in the World) where polar Bears breed in captivity
We had a great time and fantastic weather and will be visiting Finland again.
The internet is finally back again, but we can not be sure for how long.
The weather is just crazy here. We still have no snow! This is the view of our garden at the moment.
I have been out in the forest with Teres and Kelly, looking for a Christmas tree. In the forest there a a thin covering of snow where the sun doesn’t reach.
Kelly found a small structure under a Spruce tree that is convinced was once a Troll’s home. She covered it with new Spruce branches
and made a Spruce bed inside, just in case the Troll returns.
And of course as usual we made fire and had a cup of hot-chocolate.
We have had a large full moon, and I thought I would finish with a couple of pictures of that.
More soon…if we still have internet!!
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.
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.
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.