Operation next week

I still can’t get out and about much at the moment, but the good news is that I will have my hernia operation next Tuesday (20/05/2014).

I have been taken some photographs, so I thought I would show some of them below.

I managed to get within 4 metres of the this Beaver, feeding along the edge of a stream

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Here are some more Brambling pictures ( we have over 200 in the garden each day now).

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We also have at least 6 Short-eared Owls displaying around the village at the moment (a sign that the small mammal population has increased significantly again).  I haven’t yet got any really good pictures of them yet, but I’m working on it.

short-eared owl

Capercaillie display

I have never been fortunate enough to find a location where Capercaillie display, but while out searching last Sunday, I found a single male displaying.

capercaillie display lapland

If you have never seen Capercaillie display, search on YouTube as there are several clips to watch.

It was already getting dark when I located this bird so unfortunately I could not get any good quality images.

capercaillie display sweden

I did manage to get a nice photo of two females standing by the side of the though.

female capercaillie lapland

It is a little early in the season for Capercaillie to be displaying but hopefully over the next couple of weeks I will find more.

A new front wall in the veranda

A took a the day off on Friday and so we travelled to the cabin on Thursday evening for a long weekend.  My thinking was that I would have more time to do the work I needed to do……..unfortunately it rained all day on Saturday!!

My task over the weekend was to remove the front wall from the veranda and build a new one; which included building a 2 metre x 1 metre double glazed window.

I started by raising up the roof using a piece of 4×2  screwed across all the roof joists and two posts pushed under to lift up the roof clear of the wall

roof supported (Large)

I then removed the inside and outside walls and the windows

removing front wall

Once the hole wall had been removed, I could start building the new one.  The new wall has one large window in the front.  Here is the hole where the window would be.

building new wall inside (Medium)

I had to build a series of supports onto the wall, so that the wall and window can support snow on the roof during the winter.

building new wall outside (Large)

The section on the left in the picture above , which overhangs the food cellar will eventually be removed.  In this picture you can see that I have already began building the frame of the new side wall inside of the old one.  The black paper you can see is impregnated with bitumen and helps stop drafts and protect the insulation.

building wall inside (Medium)

On the outside I screwed batons to the wall and then screwed boards onto the batons.  An air space is left between the boards and then a board is screwed over the airspace.  This way the wall has air circulating and prevents damp and mould.

building new wall-1 (Large)

I did manage to get the double glazed window build and fitted in place, but because it rained all day on Saturday I unfortunately did not have enough time to get the outside of the wall finished.


building new wall-2

Raising the roof

I have had a stressful weekend at the cabin, because I had to remove, raise and replace the veranda roof  before we travelled home on Sunday evening.

My first task was to remove the corrugated tin, which I had to do carefully because it needed to go back on the roof once all work was completed.

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And then remove the roof joists

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I had to cut the new roof joists to the right length and fix them in the right positions with 60cms between each one.  Once all the joists were in position I had to cover the roof with a water tight membrane and then fix laths on top.

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Here are the new roof joists which are much ticker than the previous ones and so much stronger.

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My final task was to put the corrugated tin back on the roof and screw them in place.

replacing roof-3

Sebastian helped with some of the work and was a great help.  He also cooked bannock breads as a snack for us!

sebastian cooking (Large)

Emma helped me fix up a double level nest box for Lapland Swifts (which next in holes in trees) which we are trying to encourage to nest at the cabin.

lapland swift nestbox

Wallpapering and leveling the cabin

Last weekend we were at the cabin.  Teres spent Friday evening applying filler to the walls to ensure they were level, so that she could later apply wallpaper.

levelling cabin wall (Large)

On Saturday morning Teres glued a special thick wallpaper to the walls which also helps to create a flat surface to apply the actual wallpaper to.

Then on Sunday morning she started applying the wallpaper to the walls.

teres wallpapering

By late afternoon Teres have completed the wallpapering.

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room papered (Large)

Spent the weekend digging under both the cabin and sauna, and then using a bottle jack to raise up the cabin and sauna, to make them level.  In the picture below, you can see that the cabin has dropped slightly, though the veranda is level.

cabin movement (Medium)

Once raised up, I placed pieces of wood on the pillars to keep the cabin level.

raising cabin and sauna (Large)

I have also has my Little Acorn camera fixed to a tree at the cabin for three weeks, but the only picture it has taken is of this Pine Marten (Martes martes).

pine marten

Laleh in Nattavaara

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).

Nattavaara Hembygdsgarden

I spent the  morning cleaning all the rooms and clearing snow outside the building.

At 1pm we started preparing food for their evening meal

preparing lunch nattavaara (Medium)

They were delayed filming at another location and did not arrive until 5pm.  After setting up film equipment

preparing filming (Medium)

and tuning the piano

tuning piano (Large)

they ate the meal we had prepared

laleh in nattavaara

They spent two hours filming  and recording her playing the piano and singing.

laleh playing the piano

We all had a great time and look forward to seeing the program on Swedish TV later this year.


The Nattavaara Boat Race

I do not need crutches to get around now, but I am still in  a lot of pain and when I cannot get out and about I have little to blog about unfortunately.  It’s typical that after almost two and a half years without a full-time job, I then get a full-time job but am unable to work!!

Anyway, last week was Sweden’s National Day celebrations and here in Nattavaara i had promised to run an activity for children.  The The celebrations take place beside a large stream so I decided to run a boat race.  At the start of the competition each boat would be dropped from a bridge on to the water.

Each child was given a plastic bag containing the same items; two sheets of card, 5 elastic bands, 8 corks, 4 serviettes, 1 long thick kebab stick (pointed at both ends), 6 thin kebab sticks and 4 30cm long pieces of dental floss

I built a boat using only the materials provided to give them an idea of what could be done (I added a parachute to help control the decent of the boat when dropped from the bridge)

Each child had to work together with a parent to build a boat

The parents were just as enthusiastic as the children!!

At 2pm everyone gathered on the bridge and then released their boats

Unfortunately all the boats tipped over due to the water current which made it difficult to see whose boat was whose (each child had written their name on the sail of their boat).  The finish line was 100 metres down stream and I stood there with a pair of binoculars to establish which boat won.  Fortunately there was enough of the boat showing above water to see who won.