Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Springequinox and inspiration

Today is the day (or night) of the springequinox. Night and day are in exact balance a short while, before the sun takes over and rules the coming half year by lengthening the days and shortening the nights.
I was lucky to enjoy a real early springday, flooded in sunlight and temperatures well over freezing. Snow and ice just collapsed before my eyes. These days are also days of renewal or alteration for me, personally. My physical conditions (and medical team) are forcing me to rethink my path once more. The farmingdays appear pretty much over. I simply can not continue this way. And so I have set my sights on a new path, hoping to (not entirely) leave behind the world of agriculture and move toward the world of academia.
I will continue to do (some) homesteading, but must drastically alter my modus operandi a.k.a. the way I work. And to create some form of income after I end my career at the dairyfarm I have applied for a position as mentor on the local högstadiet (highschool), ages 12-16. In this position I would be a councelor, middleman and contactperson among other thing. No teaching in front of a class. I also sought an education. That is a course on international relations, politics and history and, once completed, should give me access to higher education facilities.
My current situation means that I have a lot of sparetime and I must admit I do not spend all of it in a productive manor. I am not allowed to either. So I splurged some of my cash on a new pair of binoculars, since the previous ones pretty much died. It is not an ultrigh quality pair, but the improvement over my antique 7x32 is massive! I now have a new 8x40 and the coating on the lenses ales all the difference.
I had the opportunity to use it studying a fox that has chosen a bolder in out garden as a restingspot. It lied there in broad daylight and in plain sight, no 10 meters from our kitchenwindow! And chickencoop.... One of the next paychecks might see me getting a small, but decent camera with zoomlens.


But I was also inspired by another activity. My friend Olli asked me if I was interested to follow him and a family out on a day in Gyllbergen, the naturereserve and cabinsite I have been to a few times now. The youngster in the group had been wished to have some basics in survival and outdoorskills tought to him, so we were happy to oblige. The day inclused some basics in navigation, snowshoeing, firemaking and knifehandling. The day started with going over the basics, before we set out on our snowshoes. During the trip Olli told a deal about the forest, how and what to do in certain situations and at one point we decided we had "gotten lost", night was falling and we need a place to stay. So we went over the basics when it comes to shelter and fire and the group was given the challenge to make one. The succeeded quite well actually and you could see the sense of accomplishement on their faces.
We then headed back and made our way for the cabins, where snowshoemaking from scratch was tought. That did not go as well, since the snowshoes kept falling apart, but all the basics were covered. I am quite dure the young lad (and his companions) had gotten a lot to think about. We covered pretty much every basic aspect of being out and I hope he felt inspired to continue developping. It was a great day and it felt good to be out again, especially after recent grey days with heavy snowfall.
Animalstracks were few and far inbetween, but we did find some noce sets of native snowhare and invasive foresthare side by side. The difference is huge!!

At the very end we briefly talked about making a signalfire. Off course we had made a fire on this location and Olli had gathered quite a bit of spruceboughs and since we needed to clean everything up..... These ended up on the fire, creating a large column of smoke, rising above the trees...

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