Woof! I am a 'snow dog'!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Lately we've had constantly cold temperatures around -20°C, which is quite unusual for this time of the year even for Lapland standards. Normally we have those temperatures in January/February. The question is how cold will it be then? Below minus 30°C now and then is normal in the beginning of a year but hopefully not for many weeks! ;o)
Last night we broke another record this winter. We had -32°C at our cottage (near Arjeplog) and in our neighbourhood apparently a drain pipe was frozen. These guys were pretty occupied for some time to fix the problem.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Driving on snowy or icy roads at this time of the year is normal course of life in Lapland. Something you gotta get used to as a mid European. Hard to imagine that even main roads like the E45 are not snow or ice free. Enjoy the ride!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
...no more hand work...well, at least much less. After four winters in Lapland we thought it's time to modernize our method of clearing our land from snow. ;-)
While our neighbours use snow clearers such as the ATV or snowblower we shoveled snow by hand. No problem with a few cms maybe but if we get 30-50cm of fresh snow in only 24 hours it can be very exhausting. Especially if you have a long entrance...
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Last night the temperature went as low as -28°C in some places here in Lapland. We measured a max temperature of -21.9°C right at our house wall last night. We don't recall we ever had such low temperatures in the beginning of November since we moved up here but we might as well have forgotten about it. Anyhow, considering the coldest time is yet to come in the beginning of next year we are already doing pretty good so far... ;-)
We'll keep you updated with more records of this year's winter!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
The lingonberry might not be the most popular berry eaten raw, which is due to the fact that it has quite a sour taste compared to the sweet bilberry or cloudberry.
BUT, I'll let you into a little secret.;) Wait until the first frost has come or the second or so. In any way they should be dark red when eaten raw. There is another advantage of not picking the first red lingonberries. You don't need to add as much sugar, which gives it a more natural sweetness.
Probably the most popular ways to process the lingonberry here in Lapland is to make jam or juice of it.
Another tipp: Homemade jam with moose meat. Delicious!
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