Uncle Henry´s Universe.

Uncle Henry´s Universe.

About the blog

I have no heavy training... Barely Elementary School. Preferred the wilderness, it became my university, but I got muddy boots and experience instead of School knowledge so my English was therefore quite inadequate. This blog is a project to improve my skills in English language.

We all have our own universe, welcome to visit mine.

Winterdance

Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Tue, April 07, 2015 17:20:55

I have just read Winterdance by Gary Paulsen and am still a bit overwhelmed. He is a very entertaining writer and it feels immediately as if we were soul mates. He does not like moose, and I understand him. American moose seem to be seven times worse than our Swedish.

The story about his apprenticeship period with the new dogs, the dogs from hell, was incredibly funny and reminded me of my time as a horse coachman in forest work. The timber was heavy and the horse did not have the same understanding of how the work would be carried out, as I had. It hurt both body and soul. Learning time is often quite painful.

Iditarod race is probably not for me, seems to be terribly demanding, but it was an amazing trip to read about. Read it!

During the time that I read often returned the memory of an old workmate, Grizzly, a stunning mix between Greenland dog and an unusually large German shepherd. He became an outstanding friend and companion during ten working seasons in the wilderness. 55 kg muscles in a sweet little doggy.

He tracked better than me, especially on bare ground. He worked very methodically, from footprint to footprint. He was a nature lover with a very big heart and even tried to spend time with an adult male lynx. (Holy shit what angry it became!) It went better with wolves, them he was dancing with a few times. He was pretty hungry and got a very special look when he saw squirrels or reindeer, the same big wet eyes that I get when mashed turnips with pork served on a plate ...

The only animal he did not like was the bear, it scared the crap out of him. Therefore I always knew if there were bears around when I prepared our night camp. It's safe and cozy with a four-legged companion at the campfire, except when they are staring stiffly out into the darkness and growls ...

It happened that he almost scared the life out of a hunter or fisherman who we met during our wanderings; he was sometimes quite similar to a wolf. About the same size and color coverage, at least for those who were not used to seeing wolves.

We had a deal; he did not need to have a leash if my commands were obeyed. From the first week we had developed a common language that was based on thin whistles, small gestures and appealing looks. At least it was my communication with him, he answered mostly with a low voice Woof.

On one occasion when twilight prevailed, I suddenly saw him at his own journey of discovery at the edge of a bog next to our camp. I got pissed; he broke our agreement so I took the leash in my hand and walked with firm steps to connect him. When I reached halfway, I suddenly hear rustling sound behind my back. It's the dog who had just woken up and rushes up from his bed hidden under a spruce. What I was about to hook up was a wolf ...







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Revealed!

Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Wed, January 28, 2015 17:51:44

I was down to the office yesterday, to the employer, 150 km south - to civilization! Tried to behave naturally to blend into the urban environment, but already when I parked the car, I met suspicious glances.

I wonder how they knew that I was not one of them, that I came from the north ...





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Christmas is over.

Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Mon, December 29, 2014 14:12:44

Our corn sheaf this year was extra packed, so as oat sheaves looked in the past. Some birds visiting it have not received this Christmas either, sparrows do not come here until closer to spring, but it is an ornament and related to Christmas.

This morning it took an end to both Christmas and the sheaf, and that's okay. Roe deer also need to have a good time during those harsh days.



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Darkest time.

Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Fri, December 26, 2014 10:06:16

The winter solstice is just passed and slowly, very slowly, the days grow slightly longer and the nights slightly shorter.

Now is the darkest time of the year and our farm rests for a time in the shade although the occasional ray of sunshine finds its way through the branches. This morning it was 26 degrees below zero, grimly with the first real cold before you become accustomed.

Late at Christmas Eve, when we were out to the wooden storehouse with Santa's porridge (an important tradition that we never miss!),offered nature an unusually clear starry sky which was also painted with Northern Lights. Amazing, it was a really evocative Christmas night.



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1 Advent

Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Sun, November 30, 2014 17:15:13

Our Advent lighting is limited to 16 lights in a row at our grain store. Think it looks nice, it gives some Christmas spirit.

Our new neighbors (fortunately just over one km away), have different taste for light decorations. There shines 60,000 lights. (Only got half of them on photo)

16 will be enough for us, we buy no more. You have to know when you're defeated!smiley



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Weather dependent!

Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Sat, February 08, 2014 19:06:36

Heavy snow beds around and hides the older tracks but tomorrow are there new stories to read.




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Winter again!

Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Mon, January 13, 2014 23:16:07

Monday morning, 25 degrees below zero and frosty wolf tracks. Cozy!




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Everyday life magic.

Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Fri, January 03, 2014 10:18:01

Everyday life sometimes contains magic, as during an evening walking in Krakow, she was worth every penny in the bitterly cold December wind.



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Happy New Year!

Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Tue, December 31, 2013 12:06:33

An old year is behind us, maybe with some flaws but also with clear memories of what has been good. A new year lies ahead, still fresh and unconsumed. Open the window and let the inspiration flow! (Façade from Krakow)

I took an afternoon tour yesterday and enjoyed good tracks from both wolves and lynx. Did not note, took no pictures. Free from work, one has to have a hobby too ;-)

Also came across two hawk owl. Still plenty of small rodents, perhaps the owls stay another season before they turn back to the north.






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Winter Solstice.

Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Sun, December 22, 2013 14:02:32


Now again comes the light. First, it’s tentative, a minute longer daylight, then increasing until midsummer. Wonderful!

The pictures are from a fantastic day in wolf grooves, last week, when I followed 7 wolves through the home grounds. It became a long day of tracking in the mountains, followed by an even longer walk along forest roads to reach the car.

A hawk owl kept me company for a while, a silhouette in the moonlight. I really felt that I took to be the day, took to be my life!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!





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