Thanks for joining us on our social media this week, here’s a sum up of all the things we have been discovering, making and chatting about…
The Great Camp In/Out by DadsNet
Mat ran two very well received classes online for Dadsnet – firecraft and knifecraft. You can watch them on Facebook. Mat also takes questions from the live audience and you can even find out his favourite colour!
Find out how to make fire in six different ways, two techniques to successfully use a firesteel, preparing firewood, gathering kindling, and choosing the right fire lay.
Knife and Axecraft
Learn how to be safe while chopping firewood, discover the different types of knife, be aware of knife laws, then see a step-by-step guide on making a spatula.
A fabulous resource and community to help… “Every dad equipped, connected & entertained. We’re passionate about making parenting easier whether that’s through a quick laugh to help you escape those stressful moments, a top notch recommendation or simply introducing you to a like-minded dad.“
They have helpful groups for various interests, regional groups and support for all situations. Each year they run a camp which we are thrilled to be invited to, hopefully next year we will be able to see you all in person again.
Mat collects tinder
Collecting tinder is a really important part of the preparation for making a fire. Knowing where to go to find this important resource is a good idea. Dead grass, dead bracken fronds, silver birch bark and western red cedar bark are all found and discussed in this video. Remember the key to tinder is dry, fibrous and fine materials: it needs to be fluffed up as much as possible to get oxygen in. Lots of top tips here.
Sam on mental health during Lockdown
Sam talks about how he has been taking care of his mental health throughout this tricky time.
Are you a “yes man?”
Do you have “fear of missing out?”
Are you living in the present?
Enjoy a moment of peace and birdsong in our local woods. Can you identify any of the birds singing in this video?
The RSPB bird identifier is a great ID resource with 408 species of birds found in the UK (and some rare overseas visitors).
My personal favourite ID app on iphone is Birds of Britain by natureGuides Ltd. It’s an old one but it’s fab with lots of calls & songs sounds and so much information it feels like having a library in your pocket. The new version of it is contained within Birds of Northern Europe App.