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
Managed to get a weekend at the cabin last weekend. I spent some time fishing but didn’t get a single bite, and I did some work on the boat.
As you can see in this picture, the left side of the boat house has sunk down; probably due to the weight of snow that lays on it during the winter.
Using a bottle jack, I have lifted up the roof now and placed a 4″ x 4″ post under a rafter to support the roof. This is only a short term remedy as I never have to time these days to do a proper repair, but I am confident it will be good enough for another winter.
The leaves on the trees have changed colour and are dropping and the temperature is dropping below freezing at night. Some people have seen some fantastic displays of northern Lights during the last couple of weeks, but unfortunately I have missed them!
I have located two different pairs of breeding Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) during last weekend.
They nest in holes in trees. This nest site was made by a Black Woodpecker.
One pair have large, mature young that can already fly and so were difficult to photograph
The other pair however, have young that have just left the nest and although they cannot fly, they are very good at climbing. They were very difficult to locate sitting in trees.
But once located, they did not move.
While carving a Birch spoon today I chopped my fingers with the axe (I was keeping an eye on Kelly instead of concentrating on what I was doing). I had read an article on Facebook that Cayenne Pepper is very good at staunching the flow of blood so I tried it out.
It did not stop the bleeding within 10 seconds as the article states, but within a minute it had stopped. The base of the fingers is not an easy place to apply a dressing, but I have taped the two fingers together and that seems to have worked ok.
We were at the cabin last weekend. On Friday it was warm and sunny
Kelly enjoys cleaning and tidying, which is good because I don’t!
She also also becoming very interested in nature. In this picture she was learning about ants and they get in your nappy!!
We wanted to have curtains in front of the beds to make it darker when sleeping, during the 24hrs of summer daylight and hide the beds away during the day.
We couldn’t find a curtain at the right length so I decided to make one. The hangers for the rail (which are screwed to the ceiling) I made out of pieces of Birch, screwed to pieces of Pine.
Then I cut, pealed and dried a Pine sapling (this I did two weeks previously)
Once it had dried and sanded and smoothed the sapling.
Here’s the rail fixed in place
and here’s the curtains in place
I spent a lot of time trying to photograph birds, but there are very few birds this year (probably because spring is so late. This Siberian Jay is the best picture I took.
We have lived at the cabin for the past three weeks and arrived back home today. Unfortunately the mobile phone coverage is so bad there, that I could not blog as much as I had planned.
I have put up many new nest boxes over the past few years and the bird population is increasing. I managed to get a couple of pictures of the Siberian Tits nesting close to the cabin.
We have 5 pairs of Pied Flycatcher that have all reared young
Birds not using nest boxes, but that also successfully fledged young included a pair of Wood Sandpipers, a pair of Common Sandpipers and a pair of Spotted Redshank
Two pairs of Brambling reared young and a pair of Three-toed Woodpecker have a nest site close buy but I haven’t located it. Fortunately they come to feed on a log pile that I have put out for wildlife
as did a Black Woodpecker, but unfortunately I did not manage to get a photo of it. The log pile has been so productive, that I put my wildlife camera there for a few days and I will put up some of the pictures it took next time.
I have been trying to get a decent picture of a Hazel Grouse for a long time and using my new Panasonic Lumix TZ40 which I am currently trying out, I feel that I have succeeded!!
This particular bird was feeding on buds in a Birch tree. This is a relatively small grouse at 35–39 centimetres (14–15 in) in length.
The calls of Hazel Grouse remind me of Treecreeper. You can hear Hazel Grouse calls here,
George is doing such a fantastic job with his informative posts while I am looking after Kelly, but I thought I would just put up a few pictures from the last week.
Here’s me preparing to go into the operating theatre when Kelly was born.
Here are my favourite three girls
This Kelly at home sleeping
Kelly’s first bad hair day!!
We needed a large, light container to weigh Kelly in, so one of my Birch bark containers was perfect.
Here’s Emma feeding her little sister (Kelly needs supplementary feeding just now to help maintain her right weight)
Emma changing Kelly’s nappy
I have a Dreamdot baby carrier, so that I can carry Kelly around while doing other things.
Of course Emma does the same with her baby!
By the time we arrived at the cabin on Friday evening, it was already getting dark, so I did not get any work done.
It was a bright sunny morning on Saturday and the temperature reached a high of 12 degrees. Unfortunately there was a storm in the mountains and this meant that we had very very strong winds.
I built a new saw-horse
and spent the majority of the weekend sawing up and splitting logs.
While sitting and drinking coffee in the veranda I was amazed to see the boat which Emma had built the previous weekend, floating past on the lake.
Teres’ father needed help at his cabin lifting up a new wind turbine to generate electricity for his cabin (which wasn’t easy in a such a strong wind).
He then came to our cabin to help me remove a damaged brake cable on our trailer.
On Saturday evening as it was starting to get dark, 6 Northern Long-tailed Tits appeared feeding in the trees. Unlike last weekend, this time I managed to get a photograph of one.
On Sunday morning I worked with Teres’ father again. This time we felled some trees and built a new board-walk to the fresh water spring where we go to collect water.
We are hoping that we will get at least one more weekend at the cabin before more snow comes.
I spent most of last weekend painting all the wood work in the cabin with a white wash (oil and white paint mixed).
I rained a lot over the weekend but between the rain and painting I had time to build a shelter with Emma, using branches from a Spruce tree that we had felled the previous weekend.
Not much more to report I’m afraid……..apart from the mosquitoes!! It’s the worst year for many years for mosquitoes. There are so many and when you are outside doing something you are covered in them! I wonder how much blood I lose every day?
I worked on Friday which was a bank holiday here in Sweden, so I took Monday as a bank holiday instead and had three days at the cabin. There isn’t that much to write about really because most of the time was spent inside the cabin completing work in the living room.
We have a corner now where we can wash and clean our teeth.
I have made wooden architrave frames around the windows
and cut and fixed up architrave around the ceiling and around the top of the panel. This wasn’t easy because nothing is square in the cabin and I could not just cut 90 degree angels in the corners.
My neighbours came to help me remove some tree roots from in frint of the cabin
and we felled a large Spruce tree that had become rotten in the centre.