Well. What a year.
The weather this week has been fantastic. After all the rain, which didn’t dampen the bushcraft spirit. We've have had a lovely frosty few days. Packing up and moving out of the woods for the winter has been a pleasure. Being out there I mean, not packing up.
The dark nights have taken their toll a bit though. A log cabin and a log fire and a cabinet full of nice pressies, thank you, can be a mixed blessing at this delicate stage of life. But we have been busy. Steve went back up north at the end of November but me n Harry have been busy with the new knife. Its a two edged blessing.
We waited ages for our own knife, me and Steve, and its come in on time and on price for what we intended. That is a balance in both quality and price between the good ole Mora and a hand crafted knife. Its a factory made but hand finished beastie. Which means lots of hand finishing, which means lots of time in the shed. orders are in though. thanks.
We are still planning our winter team building trip. Cyprus last winter was great fun to be together but a washout when it comes to skills development. The hired in expertise was a little wanting in expertise, but made up for things with enthusiasm. This year we have a return to Norway planned. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing and some real cave excavation are on the menu. The thing that stays in my mind, aside from attracting unwanted attention one year, is how easy it is to light a fire in -15 with what I would call green wood. Its just so dry.
Steve n me and Harry’s big brothers cut our teeth in Scottish winters and Alpine summers and but for a bit of fun as a youngster Harry has little winter experience. It’s just a shame that his learning time comes when we oldies want to slow down a bit. Good job booze and eating out cost a fortune in Norway. I’ll keep you informed.
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