Today the weather was finally suitable for pitching up our Lappish hut (Lávvu) into the forest. It will be a nice shelter, to enjoy packed lunch and warm drinks, especially in harsh weather. We got some helping hooves there as well. And Martta the Lapponian herder, of course, was supervising the building process all the way. Tomorrow we’ll “furnish” it and then it is ready for use. The Lávvu is near our reindeer feeding site, and this is the place we enjoy the Lappish snacks with our guests in coming months. You’re welcome to join us! 🙂
Last two weeks we have had so weird weather! One day it’s raining and next it’s -25 of C. As you surely can imagine, everything is completely frozen. And reindeer are searching for better grazing grounds, going to places we would prefer them not to go. Life has been quite a mess. Luckily our reindeer are settled quite well on the herd, not walking so much anymore. We have started winter feeding already, and almost all herd has settled on to their winter grounds, near our feeding sites. Sleigh reindeer and other males are in their own stock, hanging together and taking it easy. We do not let the stags to go with does, because they do not have antlers this time of year, and might not get enough food in the same herd with does who have antlers and are ruling the world right now 🙂 Hopefully the weather Read more…
Today we got the most wanted visitor from the forest to our yard, when one of our breeding females came to show that she is doing great and has a beautiful chunky new baby boy. Cute, isn’t he?! This doe is the mom of Stribeback, one of our sleigh reindeers. So Stribeback has now a little brother growing and hopefully one day joining our Santa’s sleigh team. They all look lot alike, having a blondish color, white nose and white marks around their eyes. Like mother, like sons. It’s always so exciting and simply wonderful to meet these new kids and see they are doing good. In coming winter this kid will probably start as a student in our sleigh school, following his big brother’s steps.
Reindeer Journey saw the light of the day when we were thinking how nice it would be to share our everyday life with the reindeer with other people.