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I've been having a conversation at work about what we like doing and why. When I explain I love the outdoors and what I do, they don't quite believe me. I think this sums it up.
Oh a nice lake to fish and good trees for upping yer hammock !! :-D
Just about bliss I'd say
that is lovely can i get it for my pc backdrop
Just right click on it and save it, then change your desktop.
(or even just click set as background?)
Andy, Email me and I'll send the 2nd 1 in ther series to you.
Great scene. Can I ask where it was taken?
Barry, its 1 of the pools at Wobern Abbey on the link between Wobern and Leighton Buzzard.
PS you have a PM
One of the most annoying conversations I've had in the last year or so was in the pub where I work at weekends.
The Convo. was about wild food, how to gather, catch and prepare it.
The Brother-In-Law of the guy I was talking to just kept rhyming "
"Why don't you just buy pizza?",
"Get in your car and go buy a pizza",
"Why go to all that bother when you can buy pizza?"
The annoying thing about it was that he was not trying to wind us up, he genuinely couldn't get it into his head that anyone would rather eat something that they'd taken from nature themselves than the produce of Pizza Hut.
Nick in Belfast
When I first started helping out with Scouts 4 years ago, my office minion and I would have long good-natured conversations about the relative merits of (as he might put it) "camping in a waterlogged field in the pouring rain miles away from a decent toilet or good food" and staying in a nice hotel. "Why" he might say "should I bother to spend ages lighting a fire in the rain when all I have to do in the hotel is turn up the central heating?" To a certain extent he has a point, sometimes it's nice to be pampered.
...how do you describe the feeling of waking up to a sunrise to someone who doesn't want to know? The warmth of the fire and good company after a long day? The pleasure of knowing that if you're comfortable it's because of your own efforts?
He'll never know, because he'll never try. On the other hand, he'll be happy in his hotel; just like I'll be happy in my tent. Differing views - the same end result.
Happiness is sitting around a blazing campfire with freinds :-D
Happiness is sitting around a blazing campfire with freinds
... and of course a bottle of Lagavulin :uu:
larry the spark
.....or hip flask of brandy top (smallest top up of lemonade to take the sting out!):uu:
my campfire tipple of choice is a spiced still cider called "Monks Delight"
Gorgeous stuff! :-D
If i remember rightly we had brown trout and rabbit, but only water to drink
still nothing makes you feel better at the end of a long day than a bit of fire stareing
funny how grown adults are still compleately mesmerized by fire, you can watch it for hours, then fall asleep in its warmth
Thats something I'm looking forward to. I know a couple of campsites in Dartmoor that allow fires, but never done one in this context. Do any of you on here ever get together to share tips and practice at all?
Btw fantastic picture above, if I can I'll try and get some of the pics from the lakes out at some point.
I've set it as my background....... :wink:
Maybe it’s a nice idea to make a ad subject where people can post pictures of their outdoor adventures. We can have a picture of the month thing or topics like nature, bushcraft techniques and bloody-spoon-making-accidents. :o\:
How do you post pictures anyway? I have a few nice ones but they are not online so I can’t post a URL. Is there a way to upload pictures to a server so we can post them?
About posting pics see here (http://www.bushcraftuk.co.uk/community/faq.php#24)
and to get past the problem try
courtesy of Larry the Spark
Hope that helps.
thanks, i'll try that.
how about the gallery? mod's?
It is going to happen, it's just slower than we would like :-(
o.k. I will be patient but now I know how so beware I will annoy you all with more or less relevant holiday pic's :wink:
Here it comes, nature at it's best, me, my friends and no one else!
That is rather cool :super:
cool it was (-15 C at night!):yikes:
I found this on an American Scout Resource website this lunchtime, and thought it worh posting here:
by R. L. Stevenson
Did you ever watch the campfire
When the moon has fallen low,
And the ashes start to whiten
'Round the embers' crimson glow,
When the night sounds all around you
Making silence doubly sweet,
And a full moon high above you
That the spell may be complete?
Tell me, were you ever nearer
To the land of heart's desire,
Than when you sat there thinking
With your face turned toward the fire?
I read somewhere once that all the plants and trees, water and fire - the natural world in other words, actually take away our negative/stressfull selves.
It always amazes me that when im feeling down and out of salts, I get myself outdoors and just that simple feeling of being in nature helps to `decharge` any bad feelings.
We live and work in an artficial world we have created, plasctic, concreate and all this radiation from mobiles,tv and radio - no wonder it feels good to be outdoors :-D
Places that really make being outdoors worth while :-D
Lewis Mumford wrote a two volume work called THE MYTH of the MACHINE. One of his ideas is that containers were one of the pivotal inventions of humanity, along with fire, the wheel and all the rest. Think of it, birchbark baskets for mushrooms are not far removed from those most monstrous containers of all; rooms, buildings, cities. Even those marvelous painted caves of europe show traces of scaffolding and possible wooden framed walls to improve comfort. Nothing wrong with living in a house, as long as it doesn't become an emotional artifice for our real world. Tents are always better with just a hint of a draft or rain leak anyway :lol: .
WOW great pics Guys.
I haven't been out in the wilderness for more then a two days at time over the past 4 years. May wife has noted that I am like a cat in cage. No more decorating or college assignments please.
This year things start to change. From the end of this month everything changes at least until October. When I return for my final six month of evening study :-(
You guys are really lucky but no jealousy here my time is coming and then I'll post a portfolio of pics.
Enjoy it and keep the pics coming. Maybe we should have a gallery for posting the best of our backcountry pics.
going to reset this as my backstop
my good what an ausome picture and it will definetly be my background on the computer becuase it such a nice picture.
Ive never really thought about it
Comming from an indoorsy sort of family (the sort who think the grimmest part of scotland is `beautiful`) my grandfather took me out a lot, I presume because he discovered that the outdoors was a capital way to amuse a toddler.
Only in adult life have I discovered canvas (when a child we had a caravan. 5 people in a caravan on a wet day is no joke, but we loved it) but I like it, tent life is so carefree, (unlike a caravan which though it has the advantages of home, needs a lot of fiddling with) you can sit up all night and get up as you please, eat when you like (and what you like, more to the point) its so laid back.
Modern technology can bring the computer/tv/books/dvds/games outdoors if you so wish
Don't despair James, I don't get out much either. Its a horrid, terrible feeling to be trapped.
I once read an article reviewing ray mears which made me angry, in it the editor commended Ray for his educational Tv but expressed that she "couldnt understand at all why people would deliberately want to impoverish themselves"
The key word here is impoverished. To live outdoors it not a life of poverty. It is an impoverished life when you are trapped and tied to mortgage and a job (if its one you hate anyway!) where you don't get to see beauty and everything you own or buy is sterile and generic and probably poisoning you. Impoverished indeed!
To be fair, James posted that comment about not being able to get out just over four years ago! And he hasn't been on since last September! Grumit should have mentioned that he resurrected a very old thread as he was looking for the picture and asked, but we all wanted to see what it was once he had found it.
Ha! well lets hope he hasnt been back because he got going into the great outdoors!