Jul 05 2008
First of all, thanks to: Santiago, Simon, Samuel, Robert Z., Sean, Darlene, Robert D., Douglas, Gerald, Randall, Halley and Survival Acres for all of your donations! It will surely help me pay some hunting license fees (I like to keep my path clear if I can).
The focus of the last weeks has been procuring the materials needed for my winter lodge. The four main beams have been cut down and debarked and I have in excess of 40 spruce poles to make the roof out of. One of my brother has been logging firewood for my father, which has given me a great supply of birch bark. Now in the summertime, there is no need for a lodge, so I either live out in the open or in the lavvo (tipi).
Foodwise, I have been some modern food, but mostly game and fish. The second picture here is of my favourite way of preparing the local trout, which is the clear summer staple in this area. Any trout that I don’t eat straight away is split, sliced and hung up in the smoke to dry. When dry it is gently fried in the coals. This makes it turn out like a deliciously crunchy fish-bisquit.
Other things I’ve been eating in various quantity, from various sources:
- Roe Deer
- Wood Cock
- Black Grouse
- Lamb’s Quarters
- Rosebay Willowherb
- Blueberry (at the coast)
- Wild cherry (at the coast)
- Mussels (at the coast)
- Sea Snails (at the coast)
- Several species of seaweed (at the coast)
Some other things I’ve done, not mentioned above:
- Made some more Aspen bark containers.
- Made a willow basket.
- Hafted an axe.
- Stitched up a rawhide container to store food in.
I haven’t mentioned that I’ve had visitors. Thomas from Germany and Patrick McGlinchey from Scotland. Both a pair of primitive nutters. Here it may look like they have been smoking more than fish, but that’s just an attempt to smile in overly smoky conditions.
The southern coastal oak forests are huge, too bad that the seashore itself has been almost totally built over by cottages and houses. Because of that I didn’t care to stay there any length of time. I’d be extremely thankful if someone would show me a relatively untouched piece of coast somewhere between Skien and Kristiansand.
Here are a few sceneryshots from the area of the high school where I work occasionally.
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