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July 2010

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Written by Duncan Foster Saturday, 14 August 2010 16:05

Karen and I managed to spend two weeks at the cabin in July. We got quite a bit done: Karen finished ripping off the cladding from the inside walls downstairs, and we did the same to the upstairs room. We also got the hole under the kitchen floor filled in with the help of some VERY generous neighbours (how many of your neighbours would volunteer to spend a day helping you move 10 cubic metres of sand using their car, trailer and labour when they have just met you) and got the rotten floor joists pulled out. We also tracked down where we think the remaining hästmyra are living, so a job for next year is to try to deal with them.

 

May, 2010

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2012 19:40 Written by Duncan Foster Saturday, 14 August 2010 10:28

I visited the cabin on my own in May, 2010, and stayed in it for the first time. The temperature ranged between 0C (32F) and 10C (50F), but if I ever got too cold I could head outside with an axe and warm up by chopping down a few trees that had grown too close to the house. I didn't have a car this trip, so hiked or caught the bus in to town, and spent the rest of the time working on the house and cooking on the wood stove.
   

Old Photos from My Cabin

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Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 10:27 Written by Duncan Foster Saturday, 14 August 2010 10:23

While clearing out my cabin in March, we came across some old photos. Some are of the cabin a few decades ago, and some, we must presume, are the family who lived there themselves.

   

Working on the Cabin, March 2010

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Last Updated on Saturday, 14 August 2010 10:28 Written by Duncan Foster Saturday, 14 August 2010 10:13

After we bought my cabin in September 2009 we couldn't get out to visit until March 2010. As the cabin wasn't heated, and the outside temperatures were as low as -18C (-1F) while we were there, we decided to stay in a heated cabin on a nearby camp site. They had had a colder than usual winter, so the snow was a dusty powder all the way to near the ground, which meant every footstep sunk us up to the groin, meaning the five minute walk from where we could leave the car to the cabin took more like half an hour. Karen spent the week sorting through all the last family's belongings that had been left in the house, and bagging up what was probably not useful for us. I spent the week trekking through the snow between the cabin and the barn, carrying the bags up to the upper floor in the barn. The last couple of days we spent ripping off the old wallpaper and lining materials (chip board and newspaper) from some of the walls and floors downstairs to reveal the original logs. Some of the lower layers of newspaper were from 1904. During this we first discovered our first hästmyra (more about them later).

   

My Cabin, First Shots

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Written by Duncan Foster Saturday, 14 August 2010 10:05

In September 2009 I bought a cabin in Swedish Lapland, near Vilhelmina. It is on 5 acres of land (forest and meadows), just outside a small village, and surrounded by miles of forest. There is a town and the Ångermanälven river approximately 10 kms away. It has electricity, its own spring for water, a barn with the 'dry toilet' at the end, and a small storage cabin.

As best we can work out, it was built around 1860, and owned by the same family until a couple years ago, when the last surviving member of the family died. I bought it from a distant relative of the family, in need of a lot of repairs, and with all the belongings of the family still in it.

   

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