Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Bushcraft Availability

Despite the unpredictable weather, so far all the Family Bushcraft days have gone ahead - a little bit of drizzle seems a poor excuse to delay the event. It is bushcraft after all, it's all about feeling at home in nature whatever the weather.

We no longer do the nature walk and instead do Natural and man made Shelters, partly because its more useful in this weather but also alot more fun.

Dominic and Cathy's granite Story Circle beside the De Lank river has turned out to be a wonderful location with the sound of the stream behind and the burning log fire in the centre. As it is on the other side of the farm the only access is in the Land Rover which is a lurching, off road ride along farm tracks which helps wake everybody up before we start.

After shelter building and a quick coffee and juice break we move on to a bit of skewer making before preparing the bannocks. Cooked on sticks over the fire it's hand onbread making without pans and cook pots. Ingredients have ranged from chocolate and cheese together (not great) to cinnamon and sultana and rosemary and cheese.

After sharing out the bannocks so everyone gets to try the different flavours and a short lunch, we move on to fire making, always popular not always easy especially in the rain. It was very impressive to see three out of the four groups make fire from a bow drill ember as the rain poured down around them.

These are family days suitable for all ages over seven,and a very hands on introduction to bushcraft and outdoor living skills.

Spaces still available for the last one on the 24th August at £20 per person for the day.

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