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.

food supply

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.

ingvar

It took about three hours to remove the snow

snow from roof

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

nestbox

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.

first aid pouch-1

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.

first aid pouch-2

After lunch, I headed home again.

 

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Misty mountain

Kelly has had a cold for the last week, so we haven’t been able to get out and about.

Our neighbour was blowing away the snow from the track to our house, and as the light looked nice, I thought I would take a couple of pictures.

The temperature has been around -20 for the last week, but yesterday the temperature started to rise, and cause a mist.  Dundret; our mountain in Gällivare looked really,

mountain in mist

but by the time I had found a good place to park and take some better pictures, the mountain had unfortunately disappeared!

dundret in mist

At the end of the week, it will be Jokkmokk’s marknad and I will be there on Thursday, so I will write about that next week.

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.

sun on treetops

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.

snow-railway-gällivare

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.

http://i1.adis.ws/i/pcec/DMC-FZ1000_ALT01?$PDP-Hero-Image-Desktop$

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

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