Last Wednesday we had an unusual visitor to our garden; a Great Grey Shrike (It may even be a Siberian sub-species, but I am not 100%). It feeds on small birds and mammals and our bird table was empty for the rest of the day once it appeared.
On Thursday I travelled on the train down to southern Sweden to attend the first gathering of the newly formed “Bushcraft Sverige”. The journey down took 16 hours, but due to a derailed train, the journey home took 23hrs!! Fortunately I had booked a bed on the train, which was better for my back.
While waiting to be picked up from the station I visited an Antiques Shop in Strängnäs and found this beautiful Sami salt pot or kåsa, made from bone and cost just £10
My friend Johan Forsberg from Nordic Bushcraft provided me with a bed and sleeping equipment, so that i did not have to carry much stuff in a rucksack.
I really miss these types of events which are common in the UK, and it was nice to sleep next to a camp-fire again
Although I arrived on Friday, the event began on Saturday at 10. There were about 30 people present and there were different crafts and activities for people to try, such as;
forging knife blades
plant and fungi foraging
I managed to find just enough Reed Mace to make one little Cattail Doll
There was a lot of talk and discussion around the camp-fire
and on Saturday evening there were a couple of lectures, including one by Dr Lisa Fenton from the UK, about bushcraft and its history and origins.
It was a really enjoyable event and I hope there will be more. Hopefully next time I will be well enough to do some teaching and run workshops myself!
Many thanks to those who organised and participated.