Cold with a strong NW wind this morning.
Every day I have had my fish trap in the lake but caught nothing. I am told it is because of all the rain and melt water stirring up the lake. After a couple of warm sunny days the lake has become clearer and this morning I caught fish.
Three perch or aborre in Swedish which are good to eat.
I had dismantled the tipi because heat from the fire was causing resin to run out of the poles into the parachute material and drip onto the occupants. I had leaned the poles in a tree to dry but then noticed they were bending. So I have now arranged them around the trunk of a tree
and tied them in position to leave until the autumn to dry
I wondered around taking pictures for the rest of the morning. Here is the view from the tipi
and a view across the lake
and here is a view of the lake now
compared with the same view one year previous
Clearly showing how much more advanced the spring is this year!
While eating lunch I heard a crackling outside and rushed out to find that the remaining dead grass outside my cabin had caught fire (either from a spark from the chimney or from the bottom of a polished beer can left in the sun after making fire with it)! The strong wind was fanning the flames and it spread very quickly. I spent over an hour running up and down to the lake with two buckets until finally I put the fire out.
and another view
After the fire had been out for a couple of hours I walked in the forest and on the marsh collecting plant specimens
These are the flowers of Bilberry (apologies for the quality of the image)
This is Cloudberry Hjortron in Swedish (Rubus chamaemorus), in the same family as our Blackberry. Locally it is used to make a desert sauce or jam and also a strong liquer.
This next plant (when not in flower) can be mistaken for Labrador Tea but as a member of the Heath family, Bog Rosemary (Andromeda polifolia – Andromeda because as sea water bathed her feet when chained to a rock in the sea, so the roots of this plant are bathed by fresh water from the marsh) is said to be poisonous. It lacks the brown hairs on the underside of the leaf which Labrador Tea has.
Filled with enthusiasm from catching three fish this morning I spent the evening fishing
Regular readers will of probably already guest that I caught nothing!! And had to console my failure with a fish and dehydrated potato pie made from my catch this morning
While out rowing I spotted a Birch tree which had broken in the wind and was now hung-up in a Scots Pine. This would be useful fire wood for me and so I needed to plan how to get it down, logged up and back to the cabin, but more about that next time!
1 Whooper Swan landed on the lake just as the sun was setting, called a lot and then flew off