Last Tuesday evening I went fishing for a couple of hours. I caught some small trout, which I decided to put back
but I also caught one trout that weighed 1 1/2 kgs and this 2kg trout
The following morning a lorry came with 00kgs of new fish to go in the lake
No one is allowed to fish in the lake now until after 1st July.
Last Saturday I was one of about 40 people who attended a concert by Yana Mangi, in Jokkmokk for the launch of her new CD “Free”.
Yana appeared in an episode of Ray Mears series “Bushcraft” in 2002, and both Yana and this particular programme were a big influence for me moving to Lapland. I think her music is just fantastic!!
Starting to feel better now and so I have made some items.
A Birch bark container, an new armband for me and a taditional reindeer leather salt pouch.
I have been busy making items for Solberget Vildmarksbyn.
Some Birch bark containers, a kåsa and a large knife.
The knife handle is made from Birch bur, Moose horn and sheath leather.
and the cup is also made from Birch bur. A local reindeer herder gave me 10 out of 10 for the quality of this Kåsa which pleased me greatly!!
Yesterday I was at Jokkmokk’s Historic Marknad (this is a small market held each year from Sunday to Wednesday, prior to the main market starting on Thursday), where I spent quite a bit of time demonstrating making fire with the bow-drill.
One Sámi man was really interested to see the bow-drill in use and I ended up giving him my bow-drill set so that he could practise making fire with it at home.
About 10kms outside Nattavaara today we had the annual Renskiljning.
The Reindeer are herded into a handling facility and each Sami family removes their own animals from the herd to feed and care for during the winter.
Here are a few pictures from today;
I was at work yesterday, but Teres was at home and took some pictures of some guests that arrived for dinner and spent most of the day at our house.
There was one almost completely white reindeer with them. He had a bell around his neck which helps to locate the reindeer when they are in the forest.
This is a mother and calf that are digging in the snow to locate food
and this animal is fitted with a GPS collar as part of a project to study bear predation on reindeer. When a bear comes within 100 metres of the reindeer, the collar activates and begins sending a signal to the researches. They have found that 60% of reindeer calves are taken by bears!
This is one of the home remedies that we learnt about while in Karesuando. It is a hair tonic and shampoo made from Birch leaves and when used regularly, it treats scalp conditions, promotes hair-growth and generally conditions the hair.
It is very easy to make.
You collect Birch leaves in August in Karesuando (so maybe during September in the UK) put them in a jar with an air-tight top.
You then add warm (NOT HOT) water and leave to cool for about 8 hours, shaking periodically. After 8 hours you remove the leaves and it’s finished.
You only require a small amount in your hand when you wash your hair, but it does not lather!!