Easter weekend at my cabin

My family stayed at home over Easter, but I spent the weekend at my cabin.  I spent some time ice-fishing alone

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and I also spent time fishing with my neighbours

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but unfortunately we did not catch many fish.

I was also out and about with the snowmobile (this picture was taken by my neighbour)

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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.

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I also took some bird photo’s.  These are of Siberian Jay

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and Willow Tit

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and finally a male Pine Grosbeak.

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You may recall that I built a sledge earlier in the winter.

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I made the seat removable which has meant that it has other uses.  I used it to carry my equipment to the cabin

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and to collect wood

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Bunk-bed work-bench

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

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The project did not take long to complete

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and I am very pleased with the end result.

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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.

 

Chocolate raisins and whisky

Last weekend I went to the cabin

travelling to cabin

I was concerned that there might be a large amount of snow on the roof and when I arrived, I was that I was right.

snow on cabin roof

After getting a fire going in the stove, I cleared a path to the wood store

clearing snow to wood store

and then to the toilet.

clearing snow to toilet

I decided to make some lunch before beginning work.  I had with me some sausage, bread, butter, whisky, cheese in  a tube and a packet of hot chocolate + some chocolate raisins.  I also found a tin of frozen Baked Beans in the cabin, so for lunch I had sausage and beans.

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After that, It was time to get up on the roof and start removing the snow.  Fortunately my father-in-law was nearby and called in to say hello and helped with the snow removal.

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It took about three hours to remove the snow

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To give you an idea of the snow depth, the next-box in this picture cannot be reached during the summer without a ladder!

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After my father-in-law had had a coffee, he headed home.  It was starting to get dark, so I kit the oil lamps and started making a leather pouch for my 8×24 Opticron binoculars.  My evening meal to accompany me while working, was chocolate raisins and some whisky.

whisky and chocoöate raisins

By the end of the evening I was a little drunk, but very pleased with my pouch.

leather binocular pouch

The next morning I made Chaga tea and fried sausage and made sausage sandwiches for breakfast.

sausage breakfast

After breakfast I made a pouch to hold my First Aid kit.

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For the closer on the pouch I made two holes in the lid and two holes in the front of the pouch and then threaded a match through the holes.

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After lunch, I headed home again.

 

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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More and more snow…

I did not write anything last week because we had a bad storm for several days and I did not go out.

We did have a nice sunset one evening last week however.

lompolovaara sunset

Last Saturday i ran a knife sharpening workshop for two members of staff from Solberget Wilderness Camp.

knife sharpening

Today myself and Kelly were out and about, made fire, grilled sausage and made hot chocolate (it was -17 degrees).

sausage and hot chocolate

And here is a picture of us travelling 4kms to collect our post.

collecting post lapland

This evening we also had a nice sunset with some fantastic colours, which changed very rapidly.

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.

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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

It just keeps snowing and snowing!!

Every day it snows at the moment and meteorologists have said that we already have as much snow on the ground as we would usually have in February!  After it had rained almost every day during the summer, I thought that we would not get so much snow this winter.

The railway tracks in Gällivare, outside the tourist centre where I wok are kept clear using a snow-blowing attachment, mounted on a digger arm.  The digger has train wheels on it, so that it can drive along the tracks.

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snow clearing warrington

gellivare tourist centre

I have a new camera which I am keen to test, but as it is so cloudy and only light for a short time, I’m not able to test it.  The camera I have purchased is a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.  The three pictures above are the only ones I have taken with it.  I had no tripod and I must say that I am very pleased with the results.

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