Friday, 29 May 2009

Overnight Trip May 2009

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Took the boys on what was supposedly a three day trip to the woods back in May, unfortunately we had to cut the trip short for reasons im not going to publish here, anyway before we cut the trip short we had a great time, got the camp set up nice, i was sleeping in my hammock while the two boys shared my Golite Hex 3. 


We decided on this trip that we would forage some of the food that we were going to eat, the plan had been to cater for ourselves on day one with food we bought in and then hunt and forage for food for the second day, needless to say we had back up food with us just in case we were unsuccessful in finding enough food, this back up food was also going to be breakfast & lunch on day three if we didn't manage to find / hunt enough wild foods, in the end we only gathered some nettles, but they were very tasty boiled up and served with our dinner of bacon, sausages, boiled and baked potato and carrots .

While we were there i managed to split my thumb open with the poll of my axe, whilst putting together a seat/bench for the BCUSA monthly project, not the reason we packed up early by the way, guess i will look what im doing next time, the bench turned out alright though and it's still in the woods giving us sterling service.


Monday, 25 May 2009

Bush Pup Knife

Also on the 25th, i had another review to do on a knife that was sent to me by a very good friend of mine, it was totally unexpected and therefore came as a complete surprise to open the package and find this looking back at me

It's a Geoff Bosworth Stag Pup or Bush Pup knife, it's a wonderfull little knife and it's with me all the time now as the sheath doesnt reveal what is actually on your belt, the video review i did of this little pearler can be found by clicking the below link to my You Tube channel.

Day in the woods - July 2009

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Went on a day trip to the woods with the boys today, we haven't been back to these woods since the unfortunate incident back in May, well not only because of that, but as we have been pretty busy during the weekends or if we were not overly busy the weather has been awful to say the least.

When we left in a hurry back in May, we left our campsite in a state that i was not happy with, ok the the fore had been cleared away properly etc, but we had left an untidy wood pile and one of the jobs i wanted to do today was give the woods a really good clean up, the least we can do for mother nature and of course the landowner who very kindly lets us use his woodland.

As part of the tidy up, i wanted to build a proper fire wood store, so we set to building one, all of the materials used were either picked up from the forest floor, or were dead standing branches in the trees, so no damage was done to living trees, the only living plants we used was Bracken for the thatching on the roof, and this will grow back fast enough anyway.

We started building the frame work of the store from dead hazel wands, the uprights had forks so we could support a ridge pole across the front, the spars and all lashings were made with honeysuckle cordage that we made in the woods, why take cordage with you, when you can use what nature provides?.

Once the frame had been built, we placed lots of small wispy hazel branches over the frame to act as a support for the thatch, then we set to adding the thatch, to carry the bracken back to camp we used my army poncho with the sides done up, this acted as a huge bag and allowed to bring back everything we needed to finish the roof in three trips.

As you can see from the above photograph the wood store is finished and in use, it's a pretty sturdy structure and should serve us well for the foreseeable future, the main credit for building it has to go to youngest though, as although i made the frame, he is the one who collected, bought back and thatched the shelter with the bracken.