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….

christmas-card

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Get the shovel out

I haven’t written for a couple of weeks because I have been to visit my mum and dad as my mum is very ill now (it’s not so easy living hear and having no brothers or sisters to help to care of my parents back in England).

The first snow fell here while I was in England (but has since melted), and temperatures are below freezing at night and not much above freezing during the day, so there is now ice on the lakes.

Yesterday I had a lorry load of……..forgotten the English word for it, but it is called filling if I translate from Swedish.  It is crushed stone (a by-product from the local gold mine)

gravel floor

which I have to now shovel in to the new outbuilding and once I have compressed it down, it will be like concrete.

There have also been some fantastic displays of northern lights recently.  Here are a couple of pictures I took this evening just after it got dark.

northern lights-3 northern lights-2

 

 

Raising the roof

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.

boat house

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.

lifting boat house roof

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!

Reindeer calf marking

Yesterday reindeer were gathered up into a corral to mark the calves.

calf marking lapland

Each calf has a unique series of cuts made into it’s ears to show who owns the calf

reindeer calf

Some of the reindeer are already growing a nice set of horns ready for the breeding season in the autumn.

reindeer

Some of the reindeer were tame enough to feed.

feeding reindeer

As usual we made fires and grilled sausage and cooked coffee.

coffee braek-2 coffee break

Curtain rail completed

We were at the cabin last weekend.  On Friday it was warm and sunny

kelly enjoying sunKelly enjoys cleaning and tidying, which is good because I don’t!

kelly cleaningShe also also becoming very interested in nature.  In this picture she was learning about ants and  they get in your nappy!!

learning about natureWe 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.

birch hangers for curtain railThen I cut, pealed and dried a Pine sapling (this I did two weeks previously)

curtain rail-2Once it had dried and sanded and smoothed the sapling.

Here’s the rail fixed in place

curtain railand here’s the curtains in place

curtains on railI 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.

siberian jay

It just keeps snowing

During the last four days it has snowed continually and over a metre of snow has fallen.  No one can remember so much snow falling in  such a shoer time in living memory.  To give you an idea of how deep the snow is now, I placed Kelly’s pram on an area where snow has been ploughed away and behind you can see where the snow has been left.

deep snowThe snow that has fallen is very powdery making it dificult to walk in snowshoes, skiis or drive a snowmobile.