Enjoyed a great day in the woods with the two boys today, didn't really do much, just had a great laugh.
First job when we got there was to set up my new DD 4x4m tarp and get all the lines sorted out (photo taken long after we had it set up)
We decided today, that for a change and because we could, we would have a fire, we don't do this that often, although we have permission to have a fire whenever we want, we feel it is a privilege, not a right to have one and for a day trip, you dont really need one, especially as we all carry Monkey Boy stoves for day trips, but today, we thought we would have a fire, so i tasked the two boys with getting a fire sorted, it was going to be a challenge for them as well as it only stopped raining a few hours earlier, so everything was still wet.
The boys splitting some Hazel rounds with the axe
then with tinder, kindling and fuel sorted it was time to fire it up, you can see from our fire patch, how long ago it was we last had a fire here
took a little while to get going, but youngest got it going
Had a bit of a look around to see if anything had fallen since out last visit, thankfully nothing had
shelter up, fire going, brew on - perfect
just messin' in the woods
some lovely old oaks here, some of them are going to be felled this winter so the landowner can make a new Sussex Barn, really looking forward to it, it will be a superb learning experience, got to do a bat survey in the woods first though - just in case some of the trees are used as a roost.
Time was getting on, so we had a very slow pack up, the camp as we left it
then a slow wander out of the woods back to the car and home, will be back up here next week for a few days hopefully