The weather has truly turned at last, we have had such an unbroken period of dry weather here in the forest it has hampered the fungi. Not that I'm an expert you understand, but I do know what ought to be there.
The Owls are really out in force. My efforts to attract one to perch nearby have not really had much success but have been fun and brought much mirth to the family.
The rut too is all going on, though a bit quieter today due to the rain.
We are though learning a bit about the video camera, I had an amazing encounter with a Fallow stag the other day and though I didnt expect my shots to be professional I had hoped for more than a shakey closeup of his neck. Our next plan is to get the badgers to come as far down as our garden. The site is quiet now so the peanut butter should do the trick but for the dog. I'll get there.
We have a couple of small bushcraft events on over the next few weeks but really our season has finished and its time for personal development.
We are certainly well on with preparations for a month in the Trudoss mountains for staff and families. And another short visit to Norway for some snow and igloo building. I've made many a snow cave in Scotland and Norway, but never made an Eskimo Igloo.
Heres something you might not know about the arctic tundra. It's easy to light a fire. The trees where we were were mostly birch of course and birch survive the winter by drying out then rehydrating in the spring, thats why you can milk them then so easily. So everything is so dry and fires are easy to light from a feathrer stick or just snap the very thin stuff off. We will try to get all this on video, its all been done before of course but its good for the website they say.
Well its time to finish putting away our tipis, we did the canvas in the dry the other day but still have the poles to store for the winter, hope we dont break any.