Tag Archives: bushcraft

In harmony with nature

The individual can synchronise their life with nature.

Late June and the cherry trees are still yet to have ripe fruit.  I recognise that the climate is awry because everything is out of alignment, such as the UK cherry trees.  Most people fail to notice any of the natural patterns of nature because they are so separated from it.

Late June and the cherry trees are still yet to have ripe fruit. I recognise that the climate is awry because everything is out of alignment, such as the UK cherry trees. Most people fail to notice any of the natural patterns of nature because they are so separated from it.

It rains.  The cat runs inside, jumps on my seat, the warm secure shared space with me.  The cat is fully in harmony with nature.  When the rain stops, the cat will be outside again.  I know tonight the frogs and snails will be out in numbers, thus I am careful where I tread.

Yesterday was the Summer Solstice in Britain, the longest day.  Today marks the beginning of the slide into darkness and cold of winter.  I begin to think of preparing for winter.  I also mark my days by the moon cycles, I cut the lawn every new and full moon.  The last new moon, I decided to miss the cutting of the grass, because the growth of the grass had slowed and the clover were in bloom visited by hundreds of bees.

I have stopped feeding the birds, putting all the feeding stations in storage.  The summer and autumn are a time of abundance, and the nesting season is over.  I will begin again to feed the birds 1st November, the day that marks the first day of winter.

I no longer bother setting the alarm clock, I naturally wake up before 6am.  I tend to retire to bed before midnight, and mark time by the position and setting of the sun.

This weekend I will be going to a wild food fair to learn about bushcraft, foraging and making stone tools.

Bit by bit I work to live in harmony with nature, a gradual process.

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Relearning lost knowledge of the ancestors

It is sad that so much knowledge from ancestors has been lost.

Knowing where to find a puffball is down to local knowledge.  Ignorant people often kick puffballs to bits, one puffball took me several days to eat.

Knowing where to find a puffball is down to local knowledge. Ignorant people often kick puffballs to bits, one puffball took me several days to eat.

I attended a talk in Colchester last night by an expert on bushcraft and foraging.  It is astonishing to realise that so much knowledge such as the properties of plants, and the most basic of skills such as making fires is lost to most people

The expert claimed that  propolis, the sealant bees use to protect their hive with, has medical properties that can clear up a toothache and a foot verruca inside a few days, because it kills bacteria and viruses.

I was able to taste wild foraged food, the wild horseradish that had my eyes watering.  The expert was able to creatively use their knowledge of plants to create a wide range of unique sauces and dips.

The modern age has made people lazy and ignorant, preferring to pay for low quality and expensive solutions to common problems oblivious of the free and high quality solutions provided in nature.