Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Thursday, 23 December 2010 09:06
2010 has been an exceptionally busy year for us at Badger Bushcraft and we have now finished the final bushcraft course of the year and can now look forward to getting ready for a wonderful family Christmas.
With all the teaching work now complete and the kit cleaned and stored we sallied forth in the Land Rover to collect a supply of seasoned oak (Quercus sp.) that had been barn stored by our friends Matt and Denise who live just down the road.
There was plenty of small diameter ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) that we have for the brew and cooking fire which has provided an ample supply of kindling. Some of which we have stored in a western red cedar (Thuja plicata) bark container made earlier this year during a Primitive Technology Course.
The last of the provisions have arrived and are now stored. We have received an excellent selection of top quality vegetables from our friend and neighbour Helen who owns Pluckley Farm Shop in the adjacent village.
The tree is decorated and the last of the presents wrapped. It is now time for family, friends, festive food and drink and a time for reflection. We have had a splendid year in so many respects and it has been a privilege to work with so many enthusiastic people both Bushcraft Instructors, students and families alike.
For me the beauty of working in outdoor education in the realms of bushcraft, primitive technology and nature based learning is that there is always something new on the horizon, be that a course to design and deliver, an unknown woodland to work in, new clients to work with or new skills to experiment with and master. Despite enjoying the winter season I am really looking forward to the new life of spring and I’m relishing the thought of experimenting with some new wild food ideas and recipies.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our family, friends and colleagues for the continued support throughout 2010. Thanks also to all of our students for making our job such a rewarding experience!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year from all at Badger Bushcraft.