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
On Saturday we had a male Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) here
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
During last weekend the breakup began on the rivers and there was an ice jam here in Nattavaara
The jam broke up before any flooding took place.
Yesterday we had some rain and sleet showers and the temperature last night was -3 degrees.
This morning when I got up, it was snowing and it continued to snow for most of the day.
This evening however, the snow turned to rain. We are hoping that the temperature does not drop again tonight, and the rain freeze.
I have had to work over the weekend, so haven’t had much chance to get out and about. However, I did get out into the forest with Barbara and Karine on Friday evening. Each summer we have people from all around the world who come to Nattavaara to spend their summer working and running our summer café. Barbara and Karine were here two years ago and enjoyed it so much they are back again, so on Friday evening I took them out into the forest and cooked an evening meal for them over the fire.
They grilled some sausage over the fore while we were waiting for the food to cook.
I cooked a meat stew, bannock bread, popcorn and bananas with chocolate. They enjoyed the food, but not all the mosquitoes!!
On Saturday we have Nattavaara’s Hembygdsdagen, a gathering for those who live or who have lived in Nattavaara.
It rained heavily during the day unfortunately, but there were still a lot of people there to buy homemade cakes and bread.
In the evening we had an outdoor pub but I didn’t take any pictures because I was drunk!!
We were out fishing on Saturday. It was cloudy and around 0 degrees. Unfortunately the fish were not interested in our bait and only Emma caught a fish, but the fish got off the hook as she took it out of the ice hole.
On Sunday the sun was shining and it was + 10 degrees. I had to work as there was going to be an outdoor church service at the Arctic Circle where we have a Polar Circle Portal (this a picture from summer 2010)
It was a 40km drive with the snowmobile
I stopped halfway for a coffee break.
We had a number of people who travelled by snowmobile to the church service
We provided food for everyone, which was fried reindeer meat and vegetables
There were about 30 people present for the service and everyone had a great time.
The weather continues to be warm and the snow is melting very fast now.
Laleh Pourkarim is an Iranian-born Swedish singer-songwriter and former actress. She uses her given name Laleh as her stage name. Her song “Some Die Young” was the most played song on Swedish radio in 2012.
Yesterday Laleh visited Nattavaara with a film crew who are making a film about her and her life. They wanted to film her playing the piano in Hembygdsgarden (an old school).
I spent the morning cleaning all the rooms and clearing snow outside the building.
At 1pm we started preparing food for their evening meal
They were delayed filming at another location and did not arrive until 5pm. After setting up film equipment
and tuning the piano
they ate the meal we had prepared
They spent two hours filming and recording her playing the piano and singing.
We all had a great time and look forward to seeing the program on Swedish TV later this year.
Up on the hill in Nattavaara we can now see the sun for about one hour around midday.
It will be at least another week before we see it at the bottom of the hill.
About 10kms outside Nattavaara today we had the annual Renskiljning.
The Reindeer are herded into a handling facility and each Sami family removes their own animals from the herd to feed and care for during the winter.
Here are a few pictures from today;