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Logbook — Life in the woods

Listen to Nature!

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Scots pine

Yesterday was the first truly warm day of spring so far; a day that makes you stand up a little straighter than you have all winter, like a little leaflet unfurling on a branch for the first time. The season is still in its infancy but wild flowers are blooming, buds are bursting and sap is dripping from wounds on silver birches. In the evening I took a short walk around the woods, chasing the fading orange light and taking mental notes on the activity of the fallow deer, when I heard a crackling, popping sound coming from the canopy. I looked up and around, expecting to see a grey squirrel munching on the pine cones but none could be found. No birds either. What could it be?

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Potato and Sweetcorn Pancakes in the Woods

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Outdoor cooking pancakes

This year we headed into the woods for Pancake Day and ditched the classic sugar and lemon recipe in favour of a hearty sweetcorn, potato and cheese savoury lunchtime snack. We found this recipe online but omitted a few ingredients to make it easier to cook outdoors and added grated cheese because, well, cheese.

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Local wanderings and noticing the unnatural in nature

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MiscellaneousAdventures Photography

Finally, after a week of heavy rain and strong winds the cloud and gloom began to lift around midday on Saturday. Torrential downpours the night before had created streams where there weren’t supposed to be streams and it seemed like a good time to go for a small explore, try out some new equipment.

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Magical Winter Light

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Although graced with only one dusting of light snow, this winter has, up to now, been filled with a number of beautiful cold and frosty days affording the keen photographer and naturalist with ample opportunity for inspiration.

 

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Campfire Classroom: Flint & Steel

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Introducing the Vulcan Steel Striker! Until the advent of the self-igniting match, the flint and steel method would of been the most convenient way of lighting fires both in the wilderness and in the hearth at home. Our strikers are beautifully hand forged by skilled blacksmith Alex Pole. Here we show you how to make char cloth to use as tinder to get your fire started.

 

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