Last weekend I spent a very enjoyable weekend at Assington Mill near Colchester;
http://www.assingtonmill.co.uk/ where they run a variety of courses.
On Saturday we had a “Food for free” course
which involved a walk in the morning to collect plants and fungi, then following a pleasant lunch of rabbit stew, the afternoon was spent learning recipes such as this pigeon salad
and how to prepare game.
On Sunday I ran a one day bushcraft course there, so having set up the parachute and prepared teaching aids, I settled down for an evening by the fire.
It rained heavily all night, but I managed to keep dry under the parachute and kept the fire going all night for warmth. By 7am I was up and preparing breakfast.
The students for my course arrived at 10am and after tea and coffee, we began with firelighting; covering different ways of making fire, tinders and fuel to use.
Everyone managed to get an ember with the bow-drill.
At lunchtime we had soup and cooked sausages on and bannock on sticks.
After lunch we moved into the woodland where the students made a lean-to shelter and a bough bed.
This weekend I will be back at Assington Mill on a Coracle making course.