June 1, 2009
I think I can safely declare that The Bushcraft Magazine May Meet was a great success. The feedback has been incredibly positive. It wasn’t just what was laid on, though, it was the friendliness of everyone who came along, as well. Big thanks to our helpers and also the great bunch of people who listened, learned, helped each other and us out, shared knowledge and generally added to the good vibe. We were also blessed by the weather.
The wild forage went well. We found St. George’s Mushroom on the farm; discussed how to fill our bellies on green plants – cattail, nettles, hogweed and ground elder. We didn’t go more than 100 metres off-site to see what a glorious time of year it is for wild food.
Finding is good, cooking and sampling, even better. Cathy had made hogweed quiches; everyone got to try some and it became an instant favourite. Nettle soup was an absolute winner, too.
Bardster turned the place into a hive of industry, inspiring all and sundry with his spoon-carving skills and his knowledge of bows. In between planned activities I witnessed many people finishing their own, often very first, spoons with pride.
For a further taste of the weekend, have a look at Huw’s blog entry.
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