The weather is very changeable to say the least at the moment, with heavy snow, rain or sunshine and temperatures from -5 – +10. The good news is, that even with the changeable weather, the snow is continuing to melt quickly and soon it will be possible to go walking in the forest.
Birds are continuing to arrive, either to breed or just passing through on migration. We had about 300 Brambling in the garden yesterday, and I saw a male Ring Ouzel in the village (didn’t manage to get a picture of it unfortunately).
We have a pair of Whooper swans on the stream that runs through the village. They are waiting for the ice on the lakes to melt so that they can breed.
Hopefully I will have more to write about next time.
For the last 4 months I have been unemployed, but this week I have started a new job for 6 weeks as a test driver for Nissan. Unfortunately this means that I have less time to be out and about doing things.
We have many migrant birds arriving back again as the snow melts. During the last few days there have been many Fieldfare’s returning.
I have also completed a sheath for the neck-knife that I made last week.
I have my camera with me when I am test driving, so I am hoping I might get some nice photo’s during the next week.
We have gone from warm and sunny, to cold and wet.
The temperature is staying just above freezing, so the snow is still melting.
I have made a couple of new knives. Another neck-knife with a silver inlay
And a larger sheath knife.
The handle is made from leather, Moose horn, Sallow root bur and Birch
I have been ice-fishing several times during the last week. I always have my Biolite camp stove with me so that I can make a drink and cook sausages when I am on the ice.
The weather has been very warm during the last week and on Sunday we had the village ice-fishing competition and were blessed with a beautiful sunny day
We have also been sitting out on the veranda having bbqs
Kelly likes to sit in a hammock and enjoy the weather.
We have been ice-fishing a few times now
but even with different types of baits and lures, we have not caught any fish. Even though the days have been cold, we have still enjoyed the sunshine.
On Sunday myself and Kelly went to visit Solberget where I used to work as a guide. She was very pleased to get to feed the Reindeer.
This weekend it is forecast that the temperature will rise to 7 + degrees, which will be great. Some migrant birds have started arriving; we have had Snow Buntings for over a week now
and today, the first Chaffinch returned and the next bird species likely to arrive will be Bramblings.
On Sunday the temperature rose 2 degrees above freezing, which is the first time for 19 weeks!
I am continuing to develop my workshop and have now put in a set of draws and some shelving.
I have also purchased a band-saw and a dust extractor.
I have just completed the first knife in my workshop. It is a basic knife with a firesteel on the sheath and is reasonably quick to make. The knife handle is made of Birch, Moose horn and leather.
Since moving house 18 months ago, I have had no workshop where I can sit and make things. I either work in the garage (where there is not a lot of space) or on the kitchen table.
We have a cabin in the garden where our guests have usually stayed, but now I have decided to convert it to a workshop.
The cabin looked like this inside
and had a bunk bed
I have removed the furniture (the bunk bed I plan to make into a workbench), and re-wired the cabin (moving all the sockets to above workbench height).
The reindeer skins on the wall hang there just now because I have no where else to store them. I am going to put a new floor down before I start moving workbenches, machinery and tools in. I may also put the wood-burning stove back in, but I am not sure about that yet.
It will be at least a couple of weeks before the workshop is completed. I will write more about, once the work is completed.