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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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

fox cub-2

and called it in towards me

fox cub-3

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.

outbuilding painted-2 outbuilding painted-1

 

The mosquitoes have emerged!!

Well the mosquitoes have now emerged in force.  especially at the cabin, where we spent last weekend.  This female Pied Flycatcher did not have to travel anywhere to catch food, she just sat and waited at her nestbox for food to come to her

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This Spotted Flycatcher has built it’s next on the side of the cabin and has 4 eggs

spotted flycatcher

and House Martins

house martin-1

have taken over the White Wagtails next site

house martin nest

Kelly caught her first fish at the weekend (two actually).

with with fish

A fishing rod was too heavy for her, so she used an ice fishing rod (which you can see in the background) with a float and hook on it.  It worked very well, and I also caught two fish with it.

A pair of Commom Sandpipers have been flying around and calling a lot and I finally managed to locate one of their young hidden amongst the forest vegetation (it’s about the size of a 50 pence piece)

common sandpiper copyright

We also have Otters which have moved into the stream where I fish (this may explain why I haven’t caught any fish there.

otter skatt

Emma and Stella have been building boats out of recycled materials.

emma and stella

 

 

Many thanks

Many thanks to all of you who sent congratulations to us on our wedding.

The weather has improved and daytime temperatures are now around 16 degrees, though there was a frost last night.

I have not done a great deal since I wrote last, but I did go fishing with a neighbour for a couple of hours and caught a Rainbow trout.

 

rainbow trout

The mosquitoes are out very early this year.  My dad hates them so he will unfortunately have an unpleasant couple of months ahead of him.

I can’t believe it is almost mid-summer and soon the days will start to get shorter again.

A brief visit to my cabin

The majority of snow has now melted so I was able to drive to th cabin on Monday with dad to check that everything was ok.  Because of my slipped disk, we have not been able to get there over the winter.

cabin-2 cabin-1

There were very few birds there, but there were several Wood Sandpipers dispalying.

woodsandpiper

While driving along a road, there was a Moose standing in front of us.  It moved to the side and then stood there so that I could photograph it

moose

Yesterday we had a Common crane visit our garden

common crane-1 common crane-2

On Friday I am going to hospital to see a doctor to find out what they are going to do about my back problem.  I’m assuming (and hoping) that it will be another operation.

More spring activity

We still have a large number of Bramblings feeding in the garden.

brambling lapland

Frogs have also emerged from hibernation now and are breeding

frogs lapland

The pair of Beavers are back at the usual site that I visit.

beaver

There are also many Capercaillie along the edges of the roads now

capercaillie

and wading birds such as Spotted Redshank have now returned to breed

spotted redshank