Last night we had a light fall of snow, although more snow is not forecast for the next few days, temperatures will remain below freezing.
I have not been doing so much this week, but Teres has made Kelly a nice pair of reindeer leather shoes.
She cut out several shapes from the leather, including two reindeer
and sewed the parts together
to form some really comfortable shoes for Kelly
My mum passed away last weekend and so I will shortly be heading off to England for a couple of weeks, and will be unlikely to be posting here for a while.
Over the past few weeks both at home at at work in Solberget Vildmarksbyn, I have been preparing wood for the winter.
Birch that is already cut and split
must be taken under cover and stacked both for ease of storage and to help it dry.
Of course at Solberget the reindeer are always close by to see that the job is done properly.
Last week I worked in Solberget, helping to teach 35 guests how to make a variety of items from reindeer leather.
The guests were family groups of varying ages and all made some really nice items, from bracelets to coffee bags.
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.
Last week was Jokkmokks annual winter market.
The market was smaller this year the traditional craft stools continue to dwindle in number as the number of stools selling sweets incearses.
I spent some time out on a frozen lake watching the reindeer racing.
During one of the races, the reindeer ran into the perimeier fence and then took the fence with it around the whole course
It did not take long to repair the fence, so that races could continue.
Starting to feel better now and so I have made some items.
A Birch bark container, an new armband for me and a taditional reindeer leather salt pouch.
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
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)
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.
This will be my last post for a week or so as I am heading off to England for a few days (weather in England permitting).
I had the idea to make an ice fishing rod out of Reindeer horn, and after searching through my pile of horn, I found the ideal piece. Having cut off the two ends of the horn, this is what I was left with
After a couple of hours work, this is how it looks now
I have started doing some basic engraving on the handle
I will be testing it when I return from England!
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;