Leather shoes

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

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and sewed the parts together

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to form some really comfortable shoes for Kelly

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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.

Reindeer calf marking

Yesterday reindeer were gathered up into a corral to mark the calves.

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Each calf has a unique series of cuts made into it’s ears to show who owns the calf

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Some of the reindeer are already growing a nice set of horns ready for the breeding season in the autumn.

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Some of the reindeer were tame enough to feed.

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As usual we made fires and grilled sausage and cooked coffee.

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Jokkmokks Marknad 2015

Last week was Jokkmokks annual winter market.

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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.

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During one of the races, the reindeer ran into the perimeier fence and then took the fence with it around the whole course

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It did not take long to repair the fence, so that races could continue.

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A reindeer stuck in a tree!!

A German woman telephoned me today from Wildnisdorf Solberget. She could not speak Swedish and her English was not so good, but I understood her to say “there has been an accident and a reindeer is stuck in a tree!”

She was living there alone so I agreed to come straight away and help her. These pictures show what I found when I got there.

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The reindeer had been laying there all night.

With help from a local reindeer herder, we felled one of the birches and then lifted the reindeer up and released its leg. Once it had got the feeling back in its leg, we were pleased to see that it started to walk around and soon after started feeding.