Grass of parnassus

Before moving to live here in Lapland, I managed Chippenham Fen National Nature Reserve where we spent much time, money and effort to re-establish a plant called “Grass of Parnassus Parnassia palustris”

Grass of Parnassus

which grew there until the late 1980´s, but we never succeeded in getting it back again.

Here it grows very commonly.  We even have it along the edges of the track to our house (the above picture is taken at the edge of our track).

I have only noticed it growing there because we bought Kelly her first cycle and we now go out with her at least twice a day.

kelly with new cycle

It’s not been an easy time for Kelly during the last few days, because she has thrown her dummies in the river, to give to the baby fish!! and now has to sleep without her dummy.

kelly dummies

Kelly enjoys fishing, though soon gets bored when she does not catch anything.

kelly fishing

I have mad her up a special fishing set.  The rod is really an ice fishing rod and i bought a small reel for it.

kelly fishing rod

It works so well that I have one myself now, as with my back problem it is not so easy to cast a full size rod.  I cannot cast so far out, but as many of the fish are nearer to the edge, this is not a problem.  I have caught 2 1kg Rainbow trout with this set-up.

My dad has settled in now and is really enjoying spending time with Kelly and the rest of the family.

kelly and grandad

 

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A long weekend ruined by such unusual summer weather!!

Myself and my friend Tommy had planned a long weekend fishing trip to the mountains last weekend from Thursday evening to Sunday evening.  The weather forecast in the mountains was strong winds and heavy and so Tommy decided we would instead stay at his cabin in Killingi where we could fish the river Kaitum.

It has been usually cold and wet this summer and there is much more water in the rivers and marshes than there would normally be.  The level in the river we planned to fish was one and a half metres higher than usual.  Here is a picture from August 2011 when myself and Teres were at Tommy’s cabin

killingi 2011and here is a picture I took last weekend

killingi 2015There is nowhere to stand and fish along the edge of the river now as the river water extends into the forest, so we had to fish from Tommy’s boat.

tommy in boatOn Thursday evening and Friday morning the weather was fine and we were able to fish.

sunset killingiOn Thursday evening I caught a Pike and a 2kg Sea trout, but unfortunately the Sea trout managed to get off the hook once we had it near to the boat!

Here is a picture I took at midnight in Killingi and as you can see it doesn’t get dark even now.

midnight in KillingiOn Friday morning we travelled 5kms upstream to fish. We had caught nothing at lunch time, but fortunately I took a large rump steak with me to grill over the fire.

tommy by fireI made a set of tongs from a forked Birch to turn the steak and it was cooked to perfection!

tonges

After lunch I caught nothing, but Tommy caught a 2kg White Fish (Sik in Swedish).

tommy with sikwhich we smoked when we returned to the cabin.

Later on Friday it began to rain with a strong wind and this continued Saturday and was forecast to continue on Sunday, so we decided to cut our fishing trip short and head home early.

 

Finally a visit to my cabin – part 2

On Thursday the weather was warm and there were no mosquitoes, so we could sit out and eat.

lunch lapland

but the weather was not so good over the weekend, so we had to sit in the veranda

lunch in veranda (Medium)

Emma spent some time fishing, and we made fire to cook hot chocolate

emma fishing (Large)

She caught a nice sized Perch

emma with perch (Large)

We also spent some time carving.  Both Teres and myself made spoons, and Emma made a really nice butter knife.

P1000278 (Small)

 

Another spell of bad luck

I wrote recently about the problem I had had with a Toyota Avensis that I bought https://naturallore.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/toyota-avensis-warning/.

I then bought a Nissan Primera, but a couple times the car would not start.  When I took the car to a Nissan garage they found a problem with the key, but also found that the cam-chain needed changing and that the top head gasket was damaged and coolant had leaked into the engine!!  Eventually I got my money back from the garage where I bought the car, but now I ahve no car!!

Last week I went to see a doctor and he told me that I have a hernia and that I must have an operation in the next few weeks.  This means I will not be able to do anything for 2 – 4 weeks, including driving my snowmobile, ice fishing, skiing and holding Kelly!!

I did manage to get out last Sunday and spend a couple of hours ice fishing.  I caught a nice sized Rainbow Trout.

rainbow trout 2014 (Large)

First ice fishing trip of 2014

Last Saturday myself and Emma took our first trip out on the snowmobile to do some ice fishing.

Unfortunately O got the snowmobile stuck in deep snow and after thirty minutes trying to dig it out, it was still stuck fast.  Fortunately 5 guys on snowmobiles stopped to help me and the six of us eventually managed to get the snowmobile out.

We fished for two hours and had several bites and twice fish took our worm from the hook but we caught nothing!!

ice fishing 2014

A working weekend

Had to work over the weekend so there was no visit to the cabin.

I did manage to get some time on Saturday and Sunday to do a bit of fishing

fishing (Small)

Apart from Perch I did not catch anything.  It’s now over three weeks since I last caught a trout and I do not understand why.  I caught many last year at this time but I am using the same equipment and baits but they are not biting.  I am beginning to wonder if someone has used a fishing net in the lake to remove the fish?

Many birds have fledged their young now and have left the area, so it is very quiet in the forest.  At the lake where I fish a pair of Wryneck (a member of the woodpecker family)

http://woodpeckersoftheworld.blogspot.se/2010/10/genus-jynx.html

have bred in a nest box.  The books show that they do not occur this far north.

We also have a pair of Honey Buzzards in Nattavaara, but I have not located the nest site.

We have a friendly Reindeer around also.

reindeer eating birch leaves (Medium)