A bit more to report this wek

There has been a lot happening during the last week and daytime temperatures have been up to 15 degrees C

We have 2 – 300 Bramblings feeding in the garden at the moment

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On Saturday we had a male Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) here

http://www.europeanraptors.org/raptors/western_marsh_harrier.html

which is very rare because their range does not extend this far north!

Yesterday we had 12 Lapland Buntings feeding in our garden.  These pictures I took through my telescope with my Samsung Galaxy telephone and the results were surprisingly good

 

lapland bunting-2 lapland bunting-1During last weekend the breakup began on the rivers and there was an ice jam here in Nattavaara

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The jam broke up before any flooding took place.

Easter ice fishing

My family have been at me cabin for a week over Easter but unfortunately I was not well enough to go with them.  Really disappointed because they had a Bear visiting the cabin each night and I could have got some nice pictures!!

I spent Easter at home, but did get out to do a bit of ice fishing, though I caught nothing!!

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It was really warm in the sunshine, but there was a cold north wind blowing

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Of course I made fire to cook coffee

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and grill sausage

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During the weekend I saw the first Common Cranes of the year, Rough-legged Buzzard and Pine Grosbeak.

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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.

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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!!

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Out fishing with tourists

I haven’t written much about my job on here.  Last week we had a group of German tourists who spent the day ice fishing with us.

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Each person hired a small rucksack with a ice fishing rod, an ice scoop, a plastic plate and a cup inside.

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We also made fire and cooked coffee and grilled sausage.

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Everyone had a great day!

Testing a new ice fishing rod/reel

Today I have been out ice fishing (surprise surprise!).  I wasn’t just using my reindeer horn ice fishing rod, I was also testing a new ice fishing reel/rod that I have made using an old snuff container, which I call “The pocket fishing kit” (will be writing a tutorial to make this next time).

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The snuff container has a winder on the back to reel in or out the fishing line.

snuff container fishing rod

But did I catch anything……….?

Of course I did!!  I caught a nice Arctic Char with it and a Rainbow Trout and Arctic Char with my Reindeer horn rod.

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To cook coffee on the lake, I made a Swedish Fire Torch using four pieces of Birch.

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The fire burns between the four pieces and your cooking pot is placed on top.

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Once you have finished cooking, separate the four pieces and lay them down to stop the fire burning, and when you want to cook again, stand them up and start the fire again.

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