Sunday, 26 August 2012

Cabin holiday

This week Mr. K took me and our friends to North Carelia to our annual fishing holiday. We have stayed at this cabin every August for many years already, just for three days and nights. The men fish, the women run the household, read and knit, everyone is happy. This Summer has been very rainy in Eastern Finland, and the rapids were wide and full of water.

This was the same spot last year with normal water level:

We had a welcoming committee on the landing stage: a merganser family was resting after their diving exercise.
Mother Merganser, or maybe one of the young ones swimming alone.
This is the outdoors kitchen/dining room we used for all meals except for the late evening when it was too dark and cold to sit there after the sauna. Coffee water boiling over the open fire.
Rafters on wooden boats and rubber rafts kept us company a couple of times a day. The boats usually turned and came back half way up for a second run.
Mr. K had a hard time wading knee deep where he usually can walk on dry stones. The fishes were hiding from him mid stream where he could not reach them. With hard work he caught some.
The old sauna on the left and the new big sauna on the right. The wooden pathways have been replaced with gravel.

Friday morning Mr. K was packing freshly smoked fish to take home.

We had a great time, reasonably good weather with just a little rain, temperatures around 12 C/55F but warm clothes kept us comfortable, and delicious meals. If you would like to see more pictures of this place, you can go here and here and here. And my friend Dick's story is here.


  1. Wonderful pictures and stories :-)
    Thank you for sharing them with us.

  2. Loved every moment of your trip!! I'm off to look at more pics and find out the scoop from Dick!! haha

  3. Looks like a very lovely spot to visit and relax. I love smoked fish, fish with eggs, etc so would enjoy a trip like this.

  4. It looks like you have been in another world. It must have been so peaceful there. A bit cold though ...
    And what a difference with last year. Unbelievable.
    Glad Mr. K. was able to catch some fish and take some home.

  5. Very special to see the difference in the water level! Glad you caught fish,hope your enjoy eating.
    Nice nature, and you square knitting from last post looks good.
    Thanks a lot for nice comments on my blog some time ago:-)

  6. Looks like you had a perfect time though coming back to your home bed was very welcome ;-))
    Well I guess it is all the rain during summer that made the rivers so big.
    Today has been a beautiful late summer day and most of it have been spent outside in the sun reading. I started the day in my sewing room but my husband came in and told that I should be ouside and so I did ;-))

  7. It looks like a place to truly get away from it all and rejuvenate. Very gorgeous scenery and I love the duck's hair do!

  8. What a lovely vacation it looks like, friends, fresh fish, nature, perfect!!

  9. It is nice to get away and enjoy something you like. Mr K is brave to spend time up to his knees in wadders all for a fish. I know my Dad used to stand on the 4th step of a ladder with water above his waist in wadders. Fishermen.
    So nice to see you both enjoying yourselves.

  10. Such a fresh and relaxing little holiday, i can breathe in that natural wood smoke smell from here. Very enjoyable and a great way to catch up with friends.

  11. I can't believe I have had Dick here for so long. He is so quiet and well mannered with Dorothea.

    Your cabin on the island is a perfect retreat even with the water so high and strong. Sorry it wasn't warmer for you. I hope you got lots of reading, crafting and relaxing done.

  12. Thanks for all the nice pictures and your text. It looks so nice and a sauna close to the lake is very nice.

  13. I just love your yearly reports on this trip, Ulla! So sorry there was much rain but it looks like a good time was had by all! Glad Mr. K got some fish to take home! It looked like quite the challenge to wade in the water!

  14. Trotz der kühlen Temperaturen (wir werden jetzt in den Bergen so knapp 10°C haben dieses Wochenende), scheinst du den Aufenthalt am See wieder sehr genossen zu haben. Wie schön für euch. Kunststück, wenn Freunde dabei sind und das Essen mit frischen Fischen bereichert wird und ihr sogar solchen noch nach Hause nehmen konntet. Ein paar Tage Ausspannen tut der Seele (und dem Körper!) gut.
    Herzliche Grüsse, Barbara


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