Thursday, 19 June 2008

Spring in Lapland - 28th May

Hazy sunshine today with a cold north wind.

1 Rustic Bunting singing in the forest at the north end of the marsh this morning and I managed to get some very nice views. There was also one Green Hairstreak butterfly flying around as well.

Only 1 Greenshank and 1 Wood Sandpiper on the marsh today.

Now that the lake is clear of ice

I have been able to get my boat out of the boat house and row around the lake.

I also put my fish trap into the lake, just off the end of the jetty in the hope of catching some fish as I am running out of food.


This evening, while I was outside working a couple appeared taking their dog for a walk. They introduced themselves as Ingvar and Anki and they have a cabin on another lake not far from mine. They had come to stay for one night and were going home again tomorrow. Although Ingvar spoke no English and I speak very little Swedish (if anyone knows of a Swedish language course please let me know!) Anki could speak some English and was able to translate. They invited me back to their cabin for coffee and we talked about the wildlife and nature. They have owned their cabin for many years and told me that a lady called Elin had owned my cabin from 1967 until she died four years ago.

It was nice to meet such friendly people and to share their company for an evening. When I return in September, Anki has said she will teach me the fungi I can eat there and the best places to fish. Ingvar is a carpenter and so has offered to help me with some repair work on the cabin in September.

They have asked that I learn to speak more Swedish before I return, but it is proving more difficult to find a local Swedish language course or tutor than I had expected.

4 comments:

sam_acw said...

CDs, and teach yourself courses are ok for most languages if you are a beginner. Otherwise you'll have to either spend lots of time with native speakers who are patient enough to correct you or find one willing to teach you.
Don't despair, learning languages can sometimes be fun!

Fenlander said...

Hi Sam, I have a couple of CD's that I'm trying to learn from but as you say, it's best to have someone to speak with and correct mistakes.

Bigcy666 said...

Try this,

http://www.fsi-language-courses.com/Swedish.aspx

Fenlander said...

Many thanks for the link :>)

Kevin