Monday, 16 June 2008

Spring in Lapland - 26th May

As predicted I awoke to a wet rainy morning, which then turned to snow. By mid afternoon it was sunny but with an icy cold north wind.

1 Common Gull flew low over the lake, 1 Redwing singing just outside cabin, 1 male Wheatear around the cabins today (probably forced to take a break from its migration by the weather), I Wryneck (a member of the Woodpecker family) around today. Here is a picture of it on the sauna chimney

I spent most of the day working on the kuksa that I started yesterday to give as a gift to the guy who gave me the knife.

I also collected some local plants to experiment with as food;

I have found references to "Old Mans Beard" lichen being used as a survival food.


If cooked for a long time it is supposed to release starch and has also been used as a gluten substitute to make bread.

It reminded me of pubic hair prior to cooking and after testing it at various intervals during a 10 hour cooking period, it didn't change much!

I do recall from a Ray Mears programme though, that the resulting water could have been used to treat fungal infections.

A plant that I do enjoy is Labrador Tea

though if I drink too much of it, it sometimes gives me stomach ache.

This evening as I sat carving the kuksa, a beaver appeared swimming around the edge of the lake.

I've decided I will get up early tomorrow morning to try and find where it is feeding.

2 comments:

TREEWRIGHT said...

Really enjoying reading your Scandinavian saga Kevin. It makes us laugh specially the pubes in a pot pic. The birdlife looks brilliant - did you see, via my blog, my film of "Birds in the Bath"?
We recently slept in some Danish ecoShelters in a F.C. woods near Corby.

Fenlander said...

Hi Robin, Would it by any chance be these shelters you stayed in;

http://fenlaners.blogspot.com/2008/
04/fineshade-log-shelters.html