Christmas Day…..with a difference.

My parents arrived at 09:30 on Christmas morning, I loaded my car with food and cooking utensils and we headed off to meet 7 friends in a local wood. Upon arriving our first task was to get a fire going on which to cook lunch. p1010521-large-small

We built up the fire with lots of wood,

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Our starter was Geoff’s pop corn which he cooked in two sieves as you can see in this piece of video.

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And Geoff also made a pop gun from a piece of Elder, Hazel and a small piece of leather

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It took about two and a half hours to cook the dinner.  Roasted potatoes, pork and pheasant

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boiled carrots, potatoes, sprouts and parsnips

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pork stuffing and gravy.

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The dinner was a joint effort, prepared and cooked by us all and of course….thoroughly enjoyed by us all

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Will has his a unique seat at the woods which when he is tired, can be reclined and if he gets drunk……be used to take him home!

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We all had a very enjoyable day with good food, good drink and lots of laughs.  What better way to celebrate Christmas.

Fire by…….PHONE!!!!??

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!
Short circuiting Lithium batteries is apparently very dangerous and can result in the battery catching fire or exploding so only use this method in a true survival situation!!

I like to set myself challenges, so while out the other day I decided to see whether I could make fire with just the items in my pocket. The items from my pocket were a set of keys, my mobile phone, cotton wool from a small bandage and a small piece of wire wool.

I knew the cotton and wire wool could be used as tinders but I couldn’t think of any way to use my keys or my mobile……..but then I considered the methods I have previously used to ignite wire wool. I had no method to create a spark but I have used a battery with both terminals at one end to ignite it in the past and then realised that a phone (or camera battery) usually have such a battery inside.

I had never heard of or seen this demonstrated before I so I was rather sceptical about it working, so watch the piece of video below to see whether it did.

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Fire by……….phone?!!!!

I like to set myself challenges, so while out the other day I decided to see whether I could make fire with just the items in my pocket. The items from my pocket were a set of keys, my mobile phone, cotton wool from a small bandage and a small piece of wire wool.

I knew the cotton and wire wool could be used as tinders but I couldn’t think of any way to use my keys or my mobile……..but then I considered the methods I have previously used to ignite wire wool. I had no method to create a spark but I have used a battery with both terminals at one end to ignite it in the past and then realised that a phone (or camera battery) usually have such a battery inside.

I had never heard of or seen this demonstrated before I so I was rather sceptical about it working, so watch the piece of video below to see whether it did.

Grey Seal colony

This week I visited a breeding Grey Seal colony. Its latin name Halichoerus grypus means “hook-nosed pig of the sea”. These were the types of views I was expecting to get of adults and their pups..

so imagine my surprise when I found pups sprawled across the footpath

This population are Eastern Atlantic Grey Seals. About half the worlds breeding population of Grey Seals are found around the coast of Great Britain.

The breeding site is known as either a rookery or haul-out. The pups are born with a white coat and start to moult at 2 – 3 weeks old.

They will suckle from their mother for about 21 days. After about 7 weeks the pups make their way to the sea and begin to feed.

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One of the pups proved to be incredibly friendly and came so close that it was infact too close for me to then photograph.

I did get a nice piece of video of it though.

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Building a fire

As discussed in my previous post the various grades of material required to build a fire can be seen by looking at the branch of a tree.

Having cleared the ground around the fire sight I would then place half a dozen finger thick sticks on the ground to form a platform to build the fire on. I place the first two fine grades of material on the platform as the basis for the fire.

At this point I would light the fire (in this particular case, with a match).

Once the fire establishes you add the next grade of material

and then the next

The type and size of fire you require will dictate the size of fuel that you use. From a simple brew fire

to one that will keep you warm at night