On Saturday, I had the pleasure of being accompanied to the forest by the Weekend Woodswife (the Woodsboy was spending the day with the Woodsgrandparents ;)). It was a nice change from the norm, both because I could share my hobby with the Woodswife and because she was able to take pictures of me doing stuff (I just don’t bother setting up timed shots when I’m out by myself). The only pics I took that day are the ones of her.
We left in the late morning and snowshoed to my campsite. The Woodswife learned that snowshoes don’t always work as intended.
When we reached my kota shelter, I laid down a lamb fleece on the pile of spruce branches so the Woodswife could rest in comfort.
After a short while, she wanted to hike around a bit. Close by, she found a small “natural shelter” at the base of a spruce tree.
She then gave me a lesson in felling large trees. So that’s how to do it…?
I started sweating when I heard her muttering something about “wanting to go out and look for a fun guy“, but then I realized that she meant something like this.
She found these birch polypore fungi near a small pond at the edge of her mom’s property. 😀
Some nearby saplings and young trees.
I decided to gather some birch bark and lower dead branches from spruce trees to use as kindling.
We tamped down some snow and moved the “couch” outside near where the fire would be.
I dug out some firewood from my secret stash.
Then I split it up a bit. By the way, I’m wearing high rubber boots under my pants, so even though part of my pants are wet, I’m completely dry and warm underneath.
I made a wood platform on the snow, placed birch bark on top of that and then put the dry spruce branches on top of that.
Then I got out my matches and lit the birch bark.
I put some pieces of split spruce on top so they could already start warming up.
This was followed by roasting a few sausages, a Finnish tradition. 😉
The Woodswife has thinner skin than me, so she decided to start shoeing back while I was getting the last few things sorted before leaving the camp.
Here’s a shot of our tracks in the snow.
And the scenery between the camp and where we parked.
Thanks again, dear Woodswife, for handling the photography and being great company out in the forest. Hope you’ll join me again soon. 🙂