Allemansr├Ątten, or the Right of Public Access, is one of the unique joys of Sweden. It allows anyone to roam freely in the countryside, swim and travel by boat in someone else’s waters and pick mushrooms and berries in the forest.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Mum & Dad....

Well, as I mentioned earlier my parents visited us for a week at the cabin. Dad has never driven on the "wrong" side of the road so when I collected them from the airport I made Dad drive back to show them just how easy it is! We had a fantastic week visiting Skarsa, Soderhamn & the Bolleberget Nature Reserve.

We walked in the forest close to Simsjon & visited Simmesjon where we tried to sink the pontoon.

We took the canoe out on Orsjon & managed to get everyone paddling, Mum, Dad & even Sarah's mum although Rolo fell in & decided that he'd rather swim for shore.

We also did a fair amount of cooking outdoors using our fire-ring & our new cooking tripod made for me by Launditch1 in Norfolk. For those who aren't familiar with his work, Launditch1 (you'll find him via Bushcraft UK) is a master blacksmith who works from a forge in North Norfolk & makes a variety of bushcraft related items including fire steels & of course camp-fire cooking tripods. The tripod proved to be fantastic for suspending our cast iron pot & it looked great too. I had asked for a twist in the legs that finished the tripod off perfectly & was complemented by the poker Launditch1 also forged for me. So, if you're after the perfect accessory for your camp-fire whether you're a bushcrafter or just like a fire in your garden look the guy up, you won't regret it!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

I thought I'd try poached trout!

Here I am, in my float tube at Simmesjon four days after the lake closed for fishing!

"It wasn't my fault your honour, the leaflet said it closed on the 15th & I only noticed the sign nailed to the tree when I got out"

I didn't catch anything but I was able to try out my new fins, a pair of diving fins I bought for £2.00 at Awsworth Car Boot Sale. Much better than the Caddis float tube fins I had been using & therefore to be recommended to all float tubers who are fed up with paddling like mad & going nowhere!

I did find a great lunch spot on the far side of Simmesjon, somewhere to sit & a place for a fire, just the place for a fugitive angler to chill.

Wierd poo!

Well here it is, came across this just a short walk from the cabin when I was out with Rolo. It's full of Lingon berries.
Do deer eat Lingon berries?
Do moose eat Lingon berries?
Or, perhaps, is this evidence of a bear living locally?
Perhaps a poo expert could let me know their thoughts!

September 2010

I did try to think of a snappier title for this entry but heh, I'm not the most imaginative of chaps!

August bank holiday weekend we drove back to Halsingland for another few weeks of fun & tranquility. It was touch & go as to whether we would even make it out to Sweden this time though as Rolo's blood sugar levels were all over the place (yes, we do have a diabetic labrador). But with improving levels & a great vet in Bollnas, the entire trip went without a hitch. My Mum & Dad joined us for a week, it was great to have them come out & stay with us & to be able to show them everything we love about Sweden.

We did a few of the same things again, a few new things & we cooked meals with the new camp-fire tripod forged for me by Launditch1 in Norfolk.

To be continued..................