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Trip Report A much needed injection.....

Discussion in 'Out and About' started by Van-Wild, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Van-Wild

    Van-Wild Nomad

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    I haven't contributed much to the forums for a while. This is because my wife had to undergo emergency surgery on her aeorta. Things have been topsy-turvy for a few months......

    Anyways, with things now looking up i needed a walk by myself. So off i went into the forest for a wander. No 'must do' things, I just packed my hip pack and off i went. Strolling along at a rather leisurely pace, I was glad of the hip pack as it was touching 20 degrees. The sheltered forest drives had become heat traps and I started to perspire. I just walked for over an hour, taking the odd sip out of my water bottle as I went.

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    After a while i stepped off the public path i was on and found a place to sit, just 20 yards into the trees. For a fair while I just sat in the shade of a sweet chestnut tree, watching the slight breeze move the tree tops. After a little while I started to notice tiny birds flit between the branches, insects moving about in the leaf litter..... I relaxed and breathed it all in. Time for a cuppa.....

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    While the water got to boiling I collected a pine root. I find the young roots best, about 5mm thick and pink coloured like an empty earthworm....

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    When they're in this condition you can peel the outer bark with your finger nails.

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    With the bark stripped I sat down on my Swazi Tahr and slowly sipped my tea. Twas a nice cuppa as well, lemon. (I didn't know before I drank it as I found the tea bag astray in the pantry!) Just towards the end of the cup I noticed this tiny fella on the lip. I watched him for about 5 minutes before I returned him to the forest.

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    I split the root by pulling it gently from the thick end over the blade of my carving knife.

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    I wandered what to do with my split root. I first attempted a 4 strand plait. I'm ham fisted. It didn't work. So I tried a 3 strand plait. This worked out ok and half way through I decided to make a bracelet for my daughter. She likes this kind of thing.

    The end result, rustic wouldn't you say!?

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    Once that was done I sat down and rested for a bit. A sip of water. I spied a dead standing pine. Feather sticks it is then....

    I think they look beautiful. A real craft. I took my time. My hand ached. But the end result was this.

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    I lit it with my ferro rod. Fire! I always try to get a self sustaining fire when I practice a method. But I put it out quickly as I didn't need the flames. I still get excited when I light a fire without a lighter or matches...

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    I looked at my watch. I'd been under that sweet chestnut for 5 hours. What a quench for my soul. Back home now. Good night.

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  2. Janne

    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    I hope your wife recovers quickly and fully!

    I used to do similar 'healing' short trips, but I only carried a knife, a pack of cigarettes, a lighter and (if it was hot) a can of low alcohol beer.
    :)
     
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  3. Woody girl

    Woody girl Full Member

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    You picked the right tree too. It is used in bach flower remedies for those who have reached close to a limit of endurance and is very healing for those feeling close to limits either physical or mental or emotional. It must have been extremely stressful the past few weeks. I'm sure everyone sends you their thoughts and support and wishes a speedy recovery for your wife .
     
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  4. Brizzlebush

    Brizzlebush Full Member

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    Lovely post.
    The healing power of nature.
    It needn't be fancy or complicated to be enjoyable and restorative.

    Best wishes.
     
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  5. dwardo

    dwardo Maker

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    Hope your better half is doing well.

    Nice wonder-along thanks for posting.
     
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  6. Ettrick reiver

    Ettrick reiver Full Member

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    Just the tonic after being confined to an office environment for the day. Thanks for sharing, excellent taste in knives by the way.
    Hope your missus is doing well.
    Best
    Ettrick reiver
     
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  7. Sundowner

    Sundowner Full Member

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    Lovely write up mate. Thanks
     
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    Ruud Full Member

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    Truly lovely post, all the best!
     
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  9. uncleboob

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    Sweet chestnut or pine (tea)?
     
  10. crosslandkelly

    crosslandkelly A somewhat settled

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    Great report, it's good to get out in the woods for a while. Hope your wife is on the mend soon.
     
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