I had planned to spend last weekend at the cabin, unfortunately Kelly became very ill and so instead we had to drive her to hospital.
After a series of tests, they diagnosed pneumonia and I have spent five dayso living with her in her hospital room, while she received intravenous antibiotics.
Thankfully she is now getting better and has been allowed home today.
Teres and the children have been making homemade firelighters using egg cartons and newspaper.
A cup from an egg cartons us cut out and then strips from the lid of the carton are placed inside to form a rose.
10cm wide strips of newspaper are rolled up tightly and tied with cotton.
Both are then placed in melted wax
And left to dry (the same can also be done with Pine cones).
Then you just light one when you want to make fire.
The girls enjoyed making them.
At the Bushcraftfestival Harry Sepp demonstrated how to make a whistle from a drinks can. Mors Kochanski taught me this when I was in Canada, so I thought I would re-post the how-to that I wrote ten years ago;
Cut a strip from the side of the can about 20mm wide and break off one third of this strip as shown below.
Bend the short piece into the shape of a hill and place across the longer piece a few millimetres from one end forming the mouth piece.
Fold one end of the long piece and both ends of the short piece to secure in place as shown below.
Now bend the long piece at a ninety degree angle to the mouth piece and then curl it around to form the air chamber and you should have a shape rather like a question mark.
Place your thumb over one side of the air chamber to form a seal and your index finger to seal the other side, just leaving the narrow opening immediately after the mouth piece.Ensure the gap at the front of the mouth piece is wider than that at the back (this will take some adjustment and experimentation to get right), then blow!
While I was at the festival, Paul Kirtley did a Podcast interview with myself and some of the other attendees, and this podcast is now available to listen to here;
The evening meal that we prepared on Saturday included a roasted pig and lamb, potato salad and 3 different BBQ sauces.
On Sunday I did have time to attend one workshop, run by Harry Sepp (one of the original founders of Swedish Survival Guild, alongside Lars Falt) on what children should do when lost in the forest.
Harry is a very inspiring man, with a great amount of knowledge (and jokes to tell). I passed on some of the things we learnt in his workshop, to my daughter Kelly when we were out fishing last weekend.
If a child realises that it is lost, the first thing Harry teaches to do is to hug a tree for a sense of security. Hanging items in trees will also help rescuers to find a missing child, but hanging items in trees can also help a child to find their way back to their parents. I sent Kelly 30 metres away and then hung some items in trees to help her find her way back and to show how it helps
In this picture you can see the life vest from 30 metres away
It was great to able to spend some time in the forest with the family on Sunday.
Kelly caught a Pike while we were fishing
Of course we made fire and grilled sausage!
Lets hope that this sunny, warm autumn weather continues.
I’m not sure how much garlic and how many kilo onions we we had to slice and dice,but it was a lot.
Erik from the “Swedish Survival Guild ” was head chef and he made the chilli sauce. We fried the onions
and the minced beef
We made 35 litres of chilli in total.
We served 70 people and no one complained, which was great. The rest of the evening we had live entertainment
It was only 3 degrees during the night, but I was warm in my Alpkit PipeDream down bag.
Next morning I used my Biolite camp stove today make a cup of Chagford tea for breakfast.
I arrived at the festival on Friday, with my friend Louise.
We would be working at the festival and in return we did not have to pay for food and accommodation over the weekend.
As soon as we arrived, there was working to be done. Our first job was to help put up the information tent.
After lunch, we set up our accommodation for the weekend. Louise had bought a new tent
and I slept under a tarp
Our next job after that, was to help cook chilli for 70 people for the evening meal.
More about that soon!