Am spending a few days with Dad and -B-, before we have to start organizing the big event for this summer. Our Sami Association is hosting a weekend of competitions in lassoing, running, relay and a terrain-event. https://www.facebook.com/SameSmArjeplog/?fref=ts
We’re expecting about 300 participants + their families, so this should become interesting.
I was watching my neighbours’ daughter picking flowers for Mum this evening…
What can be sweeter than flowers with no stems in the hand of a small child?
We’ve had temperatures hovering between +20 to +too much C for more than a week.
This is not to be taken as a complaint – let’s just say I have closed shop due to a lack of interest…
Every town with any kind of self-respect, has to have a summer festival. Arjeplog is no different…
This year we got to listen to this group who sang in Freanch, English, Swedish and at least two different languages from their native Kongo-Kinshasa. Absolutely fantastic! I had goose-bumps all through their concert and had quite a time trying to not cry…
Just came back from a pen where they had gathered about 200 reindeer. I love the sound of their bells, the click-clack from their hooves and the noise calves make when looking for their mothers.
This particular calf had a dark ring around the eyes which makes it easily recognizable from one year to the next. That is – if it’s allowed to live. We have bear, lynx, wolverine and eagles in the area, so the calves aren’t safe until they are at least 6 months old. Our siita looses close to 50% of the calves each year to different predators.
Sitting there by the fire while waiting for the reindeer to be herded into the pen, IS summer for me. Everyone becomes philosophic while watching the fire, you can drink cups and cups of strong coffee without getting heartburn – and even persons who normally moves at 100km/h can do nothing but wait – patiently. Sometimes the herd might get spooked for som reason and will scatter before they are inside the area that is fenced in like a shute.
There were about 50 calves in this gathering. They will be allowed to rest until early morning, when the actual branding takes place – but by then I’ll be sleeping.
On the spur of a moment, I decided this morning that I should congratulate my Dad in person on his 88th birthday. I couldn’t stay overnight (that’s another story) so Loki has been standing up in the back of my Huyndai for close to 400 km today.
I am so happy I decided to to this trip – even if Dad was a bit dismayed over the fact that this was such a short visit. (In truth – he was more concerned over Loki than me…)
I feel so blessed, still having my Dad in my life, still able to discuss politics and there to share memories from his own life. I am blessed.
The weather has not exactly been inviting enough that I’ve wanted to bring the camera lately, but today…
I went to one of my favourite places to let Loki loose. There’s a tiny creek and this picture is taken just at the headwater. I didn’t realize the clouds would be reflected like this.
I don’t think I will ever tire of taking pictures of water – in all its’ forms!
As alwys, I wish I’d be in Canada today!
This past weekend, I witnessed something very peculiar. Close to where my Dad and -B- have their apartment, there is a man-made pond where ducks will raise their young ones. I really enjoy watching them and this year there was a new “kid on the block.”
Goldeneye usually raise their young ones in small ponds or lakes in the woods, as they prefer to make their nest in old logs. There is no such habitat around this pond, so I have no idea where she nested. However – she was one fierce mother…
When a Widgeon and her young ones came too close, she grabbed one of the chicks and unceremoniously drowned it. Dad, who spent all of his working life in the bush has never heard of anything similar…
This little berry can be found in many places around the northern parts of Sweden. They are delicious and makes a wonderful liqueur – that is, if humans get to them before all rodents who love them have chewed up the flowers or unripe fruits.
I guess this will mark my re-entry to the world of blogs after more than 2 months of silence. I needed that, to sort out a few things around work, being a guardian for three youths and some worries about my health. As it were – all of these things were connected to each other… (Surprise!!!)
Hello to the three people who have kept on checking in – I promise it won’t be another 8-10 weeks before I post again!