After just five months together we moved into our first home. Adam had recently moved from the Lake District to Bedford and was living out of his van, while I was living over an hour away from anyone I knew due to moving around with work. Timing was right for both of us as my job relocated and Adam was getting fed up with white van accommodation.
We’d been away for a weekend in the Lake District and if we are honest, Adam tested me a few times on this trip. He had me helping him sift wood ash from the camp fire (for his animal skins??) and jumping in the freezing cold Esk!!
I clearly passed his bushcraft tests and we rented a little cottage in the middle of nowhere!
I soon discovered what I had let myself in for living with a bushcrafter….
Hand axes on the mantle piece and Skulls on the window ledge!
I suppose that first year I was starting to understand Adam better and realised that his interests were somewhat different to other people I had known in the past. Some things were pretty clever like when he showed me how to start a fire with some fungus and flint or something like that – the Otzi way.
He also was very keen to grow veg so we recycled some old under-bed draws and started growing. I started to appreciate his interest in the whole ‘self-sufficiency’ malarkey he was always talking about! Although, my limit is veg – I couldn’t imagine eating pigs or chickens of our own.
Oh, and our dog Tilly made friends with ‘Lugs’ the local cat who had no ears!