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A sunset paddle

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The photos were taken by a friend

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AiPS Annual Exhibition

 

Deep in the Forest

Beryl will be participating in the Artists in Public Service annual exhibition at the Menier Chocolate Factory. We will be there on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
If you are in London it will be nice to see you.

We will be there on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
If you are in London it will be nice to see you.

Menier Chocolate Factory

51 Southwark Street,
London
SE1 1RU
October 30th

Gallery Opening Times

Tuesday 30th October 11:00- 16:00 Private View 18:00-20:00
Wednesday 31st. October 11:00-18:00
Thursday 1st November 11:00-18:00
Friday 2nd November 11:00-18:00
Saturday. 3rd. November 11:00-16: 00

Vita Huset Folk Museum

A very interesting little museum, well worth a visit if you are in Karesuando. The entrance is 3 Euros ( includes a coffee and a homemade cake and the opportunity to talk to the very knowledgeable and friendly staff ).

“Vita Huset is a folk museum in a former policemen’s residence, with evocative photos depicting Finn civilians fleeing the retreating German forces in 1944, their cattle in tow. Dozens were rescued by Olga Raattamaa, a local from Kummavuopio depicted in one of the photos. She rowed the refugees across the river to safety in Sweden and they were then de-loused in this very building.” Lonely Planet

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Huskie sledding in the wilderness

Views from a novice musher.

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Thanking our dogs for a great experience an amazing scenery through the forest

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I loved driving our own dogsled and Beryl truly enjoyed the experience as a passenger. We had a team of 5 huskies it was a wonderful and magical time . The huskies we were using were highly trained. We took a circular route through the forest, we were part of a small  group( consisting of 5 sleds) and we had a couple of guides with us that were on hand to explain what to do on some of the more challenging  parts of the itinerary. Such as,  a couple  steep down hills the speed even using the break pad  was very scary. Driving the sled  is quite a physical task you need a fair level of fitness as you need to get off the sled and help the dogs push up steep hills. Also, because of the fresh snow whilst riding along you need to use one of your feet  to keep clearing the snow away which gathers in the brake pad and slows the sleigh down.

We are in Finland

Arriving at Enontekiö airport in the Finnish part of Lapland with approx. 1,900 inhabitants. It is situated in the outermost northwest of the country and occupied a large and very sparsely populated area of about 8,400 square kilometres between the Swedish and Norwegian border. ( the above info were  taken from Wikipedia)

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Getting on the coach to go to Karesuando ( Sweden) our base for the holiday

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