Hot weather

For over two weeks now, we have had really hot weather with temperatures over 30 degrees and one day the temperature reached over 40 degrees!.

We have had one male reindeer around the cabin who is being driven crazy by the heat and biting insects.

reindeer

I have been working up on the metal roof of the cabin where temperatures must have close to 50 degrees.  I have made a sheet metal collar around the chimney stack to prevent rain leaking in.  I have to improvise a clamp to hold the sheet metal and bend it into the desired shape.

improvised clamp

I then rendered the brickwork above the collar to help protect it.

chimney stack

Snow Buntings

The new contract mobile phone I have received (A Samsung Galaxy Express 2)  has NFC – Near Field Communication, as does my Panasonic TZ40 camera.  By touching the two devices together I can then operate my camera remotely via my telephone.  In the picture below you can see my camera out on the snow

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Sitting in my car I can then see on my telephone, what my camera is seeing and using the Panasonic Image App I can fully control the camera via my telephone.

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Here are the end results of some pictures I took of Snow Buntings..

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Unusual weather again

Each winter I seem to be writing about unusual weather conditions, but no one here can remember it having been so warm in February as it is this year.  It has been above freezing for several days now and today the temperature was + 7 degrees C.  This sort of weather one would expect at the end of March/beginning of April.  A lot of snow is melting now and the snow has already gone from the trees.

spring in nattavaara

They are promising + degrees for the next few days and it will be interesting to see how long it continues.

It’s a strange autumn for bird migration

We now have 15 Long-tailed Tits here in Nattavaara

northern long-tailed tit (1125 x 849)

and locally there have been a couple of Hoopoe’s  (Upupa epops) this week, which certainly should not be here!

The above image comes from this blog; johnpreedy.blogspot.se/2011/05/hoopoe.html

And over the last couple of days I have seen a Blackbird (Turdus merula) and a Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis), both of which do not usually occur at this time of year.

A very windy weekend at the cabin!

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

saw-horse (Medium)

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.

Emma boat (Medium)

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).

wind generator (Medium)

He then came to our cabin to help me remove  a damaged brake cable on our trailer.

removing brake cable (Small)

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.

northern long-tailed tit (1125 x 849)

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.

board-walk 1 (Small)

board-walk 2 (Small)

board-walk 3 (Small)

We are hoping that we will get at least one more weekend at the cabin before more snow comes.

A hot weekend at the cabin

Two weeks ago when staying at the cabin I took this wintry picture.

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Last weekend we were at the cabin and after two weeks of exceptionally warm weather (which is still continuing now) with temperature up to 29 degrees in the shade, the same view now looks like this.

after two weeks (Small)

I spent most of last weekend dragging trees to the cabin, cutting them up and splitting them.

carrying logs (Small)

Wood from two years ago in our outside wood store

woods store-1 (Small)

had to be moved to our inside wood store to be used over the next year

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and then the new wood had to be stacked outside.

I spent quite a bit of time fishing but caught nothing.  So on Saturday night I put out my fish-trap in the lake and when I checked it next morning, there were fish in there.

perch in trap (Small)

There were sixteen Perch in total

a nights catch (Medium)

Most of them I put back in the lake because we did not need them, but the larger ones I kept.