Located on the shores of Femunden, a large lake near Norway's border with Sweden, lies this dynamic reconstructed property. The lot used to be occupied by two separate one-room log cabins, one over 100 years old. The owners, looking to preserve the old cabins but increase square footage asked architects Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter to come up with a design incorporating the two old cabins into a larger, combined structure linked under a common roof.
The finished project covers a floor space of 915 ft2 (85m2). The largest wing of the house contains an open floor living area, as well as a small bedroom that stretches towards the lake. Large glass windows were used throughout the house to capture ample natural light and magnificent water views. The remaining wings of the house contain the bathroom, sauna, storage and utility spaces. The main cabin and one of the smaller cabins, used as another bedroom, are heated by wood stoves.
Photographs by Tom Gustavsen, courtesy of Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter.
Nestled 1,600m above Squamish, BC, Elfin Lakes is a mountain escape that equals no other. The mountain cabin holds a capacity of 33 bunks on the upper level, with ample space for cooking and dining on the level below. The 11km trail (one way) is accessible in both summer and winter months, and doesn't doesn't fall short when it comes to panoramic mountain views.
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Photography and inspiration via The Merrythought
Unplanned adventures always seem to turn out with the best surprises. Our short trek out to Furry Creek a few weeks back only strengthened this rule, as a casual night around the campfire quickly turned into a spectacular showcase of the milky way above and the northern lights dancing behind.
When simplicity is key, less is more. All you'll need for this minimalist wine rack is a wooden board, leather straps, some paint, screws and a leather punch. Choose the size of your wood board based on the size of your kitchen and how many wine bottles you wish to store. A 60cm x 40cm is shown here. First step is to paint the board with a white lacquer. You can of course choose a different colour, or leave the wood board untreated. However note that the white contrast with the dark wine bottles will give your board that distinct Scandinavian feel.
If you have the tools, cut your own straps of leather. If not, purchase some pre-cut straps of equal width and about 35cm in length. At both ends of each strap punch a hole the exact size of the screws you wish to use. From this point, simply form a loop with your leather strap and decide where you wish to place the positioning for the three bottles. It's advised you lay out all six loops before attaching them to ensure they are of enough distance from one and other as well as from the edges of the board; this way your bottles will appear centred on the mount. Once you're set on position, simply screw the straps in place.
Tutorial and photography via: ItsPrettyNice
Whether you're out for a hunt, hike, simple stroll in the woods or (ideally not) in a survival situation, knowing how to read your surroundings is key. There are many tracking guidelines, books and courses out there which all can assist you in learning the skills necessary to become proficient. There is also a growing popularity in tracking field practice, which puts classroom learning on the back burner and allows you to get out in the wilderness and learn hands-on with an experienced tracker (in our opinion, the best way to learn). However, no matter what method you use, the takeaway remains the same; You'll be surprised at how many things you'll see once you know what to look for.
Animal tracking is not only a useful tool for hunting, an association it is most commonly known for. It is a skill that lures us in and forces us to appreciate the strength of seemingly unnoticeable hints shown to us by the natural world. A knowledge of your surroundings encourages you to open all of your senses to the subtle clues hidden everywhere in the wild, making the supposedly chaotic and unpredictable reappear as orderly and familiar.
Tracking animals is broken down into an assorted group of techniques and goals. Depending what you're looking to do you may be; tracking animals (animal track identification), trailing (following animal footprints/signs over long stretches), track aging (discovering how long the tracks have been there), gait interpretation (knowing how animals moved through an area without actually having seen them) or all techniques combined.
The know-how not only includes a thorough knowledge of tracks, trails and sign, but also draws on the natural history, anatomy, and behavioural characteristics of animals and the environment. There is no doubt a primitive aspect to these skills, drawing on basic perceptions with minimal (if any) interference by technology, offering a welcome break from our ever-growing dependence to the online world. Ultimately, tracking is about the uncontaminated relationship between the tracker and the surrounding wilderness.
Some starting tips to keep in mind:
An understanding of basic ecological concepts is important.
Learn to consciously recognize unfamiliar parts of the landscape; create a habit of seeking out unfamiliar aspects of one’s surroundings, or consciously alter the physical vantage point you observe the landscape from.
Focus on the big picture. One of the most effective ways to recognize patterns and relationships is to sit down and just watch the entire landscape without focusing on any one detail in particular. This allows us to recognize macropatterns which are larger than the detailed sphere of one’s normal awareness.
Give time for processing perceptions and information (minutes to hours to days depending on the scale of your goals). It takes time for the senses to wander and truly learn the landscape.
Have some familiarity with the landscape. Gain experience of the area by means of trial or accompaniment of an elder tracker with a profound knowledge of the area/s.
Though in written form it may sound farfetched, an awareness of one’s instinctual feelings about the landscape and perceptions can help bring attention to things which you may be aware of on a subconscious level.
Understanding in a relational sense involves making connections, rather than just making recognitions. Being able to compare one observation to another or to theoretical knowledge is vital.
Because summer (and fall), still make it officially s’mores season. In this recipe the marshmallows are ever so lightly infused with popcorn flavor. It’s lovely and buttery and you get a hint of something wonderful. If that's not enough, the marshmallows are then topped with crunchy, salty, buttery popcorn, toasted. Best way to finish off summer (or start your fall), ever.
4 cups buttered popcorn
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup cold water
2 packets of gelatin
8 tablespoons of cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar for sprinkling
your favourite chocolate
Spray an 8x8 pan with nonstick spray, then sprinkle some powdered sugar in the pan and shake well, dispersing it all over the pan, covering the entire thing.
In a small saucepan, combine the 1/2 cup cold water and sugar. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly for just 30 seconds until the sugar is starting to dissolve and the mixture is warm. You DON'T want it to get too sticky or cook yet! Turn off the heat. Stir in 2 cups of buttery popcorn and let it infuse for 20 to 30 minutes. Make sure that you stir a few times (it will start to get sticky as it cools) and toss the popcorn. Remove the popcorn with a slotted spoon. I even pushed some through a fine mesh sieve to get as much liquid as I could that was starting to become syrupy.
Place the gelatin in a small bowl and stir in the 8 tablespoons of cold water. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Begin to heat the sugar mixture again over medium heat, whisking well.
Stir in the gelatin mixture and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, immediately remove from heat. Add to the bowl of an electric mixer attached with a whisk. Let sit and slightly cool. (I cool for about 10 minutes.) Add in vanilla extract and salt. Beat on medium-high speed for 10-15 minutes, until white and glossy and shiny and thick. Spread in the 8x8 pan and top with the other 2 cups of popcorn (try to remove all the kernels you can), pressing them into the marshmallow. Let sit for about 4 hours, or even overnight.
To make your s'mores, sandwich the toasted marshmallow between grahams with your favourite chocolate. A tip I've been doing is toasting the marshmallows from the BOTTOM because no one wants burnt popcorn. Make sure to make these close to serving time, as popcorn can get soggy.
Photography and recipe from How Sweet Eats