Reindeer calf marking

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

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

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

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Some of the reindeer were tame enough to feed.

feeding reindeer

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

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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.

It could be a long winter.

Last Thursday night and during most of Friday 20cms of snow fell.  It then turned to rain and by Monday most of the snow had disappeared!! Apparently the weather lore that I wrote about last time does not apply if the snow melts due to rain!!

There are a large number of mice and voles at the moment, and consequently the local population of Hawk Owls has increased.

Hawk Owl Lapland

Local weather lore

Thought I would write about a couple of examples of local weather lore relating to the first snow of winter.

  1. If the first snow to fall settles under the trees, the snow will remain.  If there is still bare ground under the trees, the snow will disappear!
  2. If it snow’s three times without the snow melting, then the snow will remain for the rest of the winter.

The snow has settled under the trees and it has snowed three times without the melting so it would appear that the snow is here to stay!!

More work to complete the cabin

We currently have internet, but I do not know how long for.

I was at the cabin last weekend to work on the inside of the veranda that I built last year.  It was hot work as the temperature is still around 30 degrees C.

The walls and ceiling needed more insulation  and then the hole veranda needed to be lined with chipboard.   Here is how an interior wall looked before I started.

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I have screwed joists to the inside of the walls and put insulation between the joists.  The insulation was then covered with a bitumen coated paper.

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In this picture was can see that the ceiling is completed and most of the wall.

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After so much bird activity at the cabin over the last few weeks, there is now an ire silence as all the birds have now left on there migration south.