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  • The Anaerobic Diaries…lets go play with our bacterial friends!

    So, the last couple of weeks I caught the last of the wild green soft parts before everything seeds and discovered the food preserving process of lacto-fermentation.  This works something like this: Rip or cut up the greens and place layer after layer in a bowl, adding a smidgin of salt each time, press down […]

  • Out Now – Nettle seed!

    Welcome to the common nettle’s best kept secret (until it was blared all over the internet, anyhow)…its seeds!! They are not only edible, they are a superfood containing adaptogens to strengthen the immune system and help you cope with stress, whilst the iron and calcium plus other trace minerals aid vitality and endurance, and the […]

  • Waterworld

    As the rain hurls itself into the canal im reminded of the film that first made me want to become a boater…Kevin Costner’s epic masterpiece of dystopian global warming gone wrong.  who cares if it plummeted at the box office?  His trimaran was awesome and germinated a craving for the life aquatic that never went […]

  • Books with a Bushcraft Soul

    Here are some of my favourite literary inspirations to get close and personal with the wilderness…. ‘Walden’ by Henry David Thoreau – in depth account of one mans personal decision to live in the woods, very philosophical musings on the nature of humanity intersposed with brilliant observations of animals and people he meets on Walden […]

  • Collidge Lake..forest huts and edible flowers…

    Last Sat me and the littleun trekked to Tring to see what collidge Lake nature reserve has to offer and if its possible for me to run workshops there.  after a fairly pleasant half hour walk pushing the buggy over a stony towpath to the second bridge (nr Bulbourne’s Grand JUnction Arms) i fled Marty […]

  • Health and safety with wild foods

    Great, your’e about to start shovelling handfuls of luscious wild greens (and reds, purples, yellows and browns) into your foraging basket.  But wheres the best place to start?  It might not always be where you think. Busy roads dust nearby plants with heavy metals and fumes, so stick to quiet country lanes, which you would […]

  • Londons top forage spots -Stoke Newington

    Last weekend myself and Marty launched ourselves into the Big Smoke in search of wild food.  This is not as silly as it may first appear, as Londons many small pieces of disturbed ground and warm microclimate create an ideal environment for many of our favourite edibles. The fact is, wild edible plants are often […]

  • Plant spotlight: ARUM MACULATUM/Cuckoopint

    Chances are you’ll have seen this common wild hedgerow and woodland edge plant about.  In April, its ghostly phallic flower sheath of white about a long pollinating part, giving off a whiff of urine to attract flies.  In autumn bright orange red berries bunched on a stem.   ‘Maculatum’ means ‘spotted’ as its shiny deep […]

  • book review: The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

    What I love about Hardy’s classic is that you end up accidentally gaining knowledge on woodsmanship activities through reading the romantic fiction, set in ‘Little Hintock’ hundreds of years ago. We meet Marty South making ‘spar gads’ for thatching, by smoky candlelight; we witness Melbury’s wood yard where waggons are laden with ‘ash-poles, sheep hurdles […]

  • World of Bushcraft, Bedford

    Shamefully, got into a spot of retail therapy after long suffering mate Sara drove me and my infant to World of Bushcraft last Sat, and ended up forking out £42 for a leather Crocodile Dundee style hat, also a greenwood carving blade (Mora) and two back copies of ‘Bushcraft’ magazine.  Observed the crazy prices Woodland […]