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.
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.
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!
Yesterday reindeer were gathered up into a corral to mark the calves.
Each calf has a unique series of cuts made into it’s ears to show who owns the calf
Some of the reindeer are already growing a nice set of horns ready for the breeding season in the autumn.
Some of the reindeer were tame enough to feed.
As usual we made fires and grilled sausage and cooked coffee.
We were at the cabin last weekend. On Friday it was warm and sunny
Kelly enjoys cleaning and tidying, which is good because I don’t!
She also also becoming very interested in nature. In this picture she was learning about ants and they get in your nappy!!
We 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.
Then I cut, pealed and dried a Pine sapling (this I did two weeks previously)
Once it had dried and sanded and smoothed the sapling.
Here’s the rail fixed in place
and here’s the curtains in place
I 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.
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.
The snow that has fallen is very powdery making it dificult to walk in snowshoes, skiis or drive a snowmobile.
Don’t much to write about I’m afraid.
We had temperatures down to -20 degrees C over the weekend, and then it became warm again (+4)and now it is -18 as I write this. We have very little snow at the moment, but I’m sure it will come soon.
Hope I will have more to write about soon!
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.
Thought I would write about a couple of examples of local weather lore relating to the first snow of winter.
- 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!
- 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!!