The Weekend Woodsfamily met up with the Scandic Woodsfamily this past Saturday at Scandic’s plot of forest land in the country. The setting was peaceful, quiet and tranquil…that is, until we all showed up! With a 2-year-old, 3.5-year-old and 5-year-old running around, it’s pretty much guaranteed that there’s not going to be any peaceful, quiet or tranquil anything. 😉 But that’s OK. It’s nice to hear the laughter of children and chatter of families in the woods, too.
After parking our cars at the road, we hiked around the property, snapping pics along the way. The cowberries (aka lingon berries) are out in force.
There are still plenty of bilberries as well, though.
I love how the bilberry plants change color in the autumn.
We picked a boat-load of chanterelles. OK, it’s not exactly a boat-load, but it was plenty enough for chicken and mushroom pasta in cream sauce the next day!
Upon reaching Scandic’s campsite, we started processing wood so we could begin cooking ASAP. I made some wood shavings, broke up some dead branches and got a fire going in the fire ring.
To get things started, we roasted a few sausages.
Then either Scandic or Mrs. Scandic (can’t remember) found a big flat rock nearby, and we thought it’d be cool to cook some meat on it. I placed the rock on the fire ring and continued feeding the fire to heat it up.
Before long, the flat rock was hot enough to cook on, so Mrs. Scandic threw on the meat.
There was so much meat that we had to cook some on the grill as well.
Cooking the meat this way worked beautifully. I’m sure you can guess how it tasted. 🙂
The Woodsboy was feeling sleepy at this point, so I made him a bush bed by wrapping him in my poncho on a bunch of pine boughs and covering the open part with a mesh shirt to keep the bugs out (though there weren’t many around at all). He ended up just wanting to play around in his little “house” and didn’t sleep, though he did say he was comfortable.
For dessert, the Woodswife made delicious Finnish-style pancakes (“letut”) in a Finnish-style wok (“muurikka”). Needless to say, they were delicious! We ate them with sugar, strawberry jam and bilberries. Mmmm…..
I took a quick look at Scandic’s new Saami knife, or leuku, which was hand-forged by Pasi Hurttila. It’s a real beaut!
Here’s Scandic splitting some wood with his M95 Ranger Knife (Sissipuukko) to keep the fire going.
I’ll close with a few pictures of our “camp” for the day. We threw some ponchos and tarps on Scandic’s kota/teepee frame and also set one up horizontally to keep our gear dry, as it rained on and off while we were in the forest.
All in all, a fine way to spend a Saturday! Thanks again, Scandic Woodsman, for inviting us to your property. We all had a great time. 🙂