My 'Mrs Doyle' Weekend went wonderfully... here's some of my camp-based pictures as I was having a wonderful time making tea and biscuits mostly!
I was delighted with my tarpmaking development touches- shock cord pull outs was massively helpful for increasing room, DIY seam sealant not so successful but luckily, completely uneccesary as it was a beautiful weekend weatherwise.
Despite being very busy on the course, everyone kindly spent a generous amount of encouragement and advice my way... much gratitude, folks! Rolly and Addo helped me make a woodland vice to facilitate handle sanding Dig the woodland stilettos...
John was delighted to volunteer his chair for the bushcraft desk project.....
Pauls' instruction was clear, consise and engaging for all levels and abilities, with additions both instructive and humourous from all the participants which made it informative and fun for everyone. He's a great teacher and top bloke!
And of course a little humour is a welcome break from the serious business of science!
John relaxes while soaking in the mathematics... the concepts came thick and fast but Paul checked our understanding often with sensitivity, was more than happy to explain again in different terms until we all had a good grasp of the logic behind natural navigation.
The whole weekend had a brilliant balance with enough time to do the odd project, watch the site's lovely Sarah chainsawing fallen trees and doing that natural bushcraft clean up and reuse of all the lovely resultant wood... Addo was in his element and it was sooo instructive to watch him work!
Despite dowsing the fire with the boiling teawater many times, I managed to keep the home fires burning and the kettles topped- it was grand and I'm so grateful for the opportunity both to listen in to Paul and to watch and recieve the wisdom of the Rough Close Meeters.... thank you all very much for the support and encouragement on my knives project, too!