Thursday, November 25, 2010

Extreme Temperatures in November

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.

Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures. Better luck next time, I guess! ;o)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Winter Driving

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

Modern Technology Has Reached Us... 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...

So Jan did some handicrafts and the result is that we have a walking tractor with a snow blade now. Isn't that cool? ;o)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Cold Night in November

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

October in Lapland (video)

We have a new video for you. Our October video. A five minute video about the beginning of winter in Lapland at the Arctic Circle. Watch and enjoy! You are welcome to share this video with others.

Monday, November 1, 2010

What to do with Lingonberry

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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