Bushcraft instead of Christmas 

Flint and I have always enjoyed Christmas and really he’s the one that made me love it. He always warms lots of mulled wine, and makes the Christmas cake for me to decorate (here is last year’s) 


We take an annual walk to collect foliage for our homemade wreath. Last year we did this as you can see below; 


We also choose the tree together and spend an evening decorating.  We tend to do the Christmas shopping together. 

This year was a little different….

Flint spent ALL of his time on bushcraft. He warmed mulled wine and lit fires and that’s about it. The rest of his time was spent mostly scraping skins (including on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day). I’m so glad we had our kitchen done so that he could soak eggs in a bucket comfortably… 

I ended up making the wreath and had to buy the loop rather than having a home made willow one.


I think I did alright though? 


I also made and iced the cake 


We spent a lot of time in our cabin with Flint working on various projects and I got on with wrapping ALL the presents that I shopped for ALONE! 

I went and chose the tree and decorated it, then he put his home made snow shoes next to it 

Fortunately for Flint we had some trips booked to see family so he had to leave the skins for a day. We took our dog for a walk/basket ride (in a basket made from bark) because she had a bad leg. 

And he saved the day by secretly making me these sheepskin slippers with a fox fur ruff and reindeer antler buttons… 


Phew… He ‘scraped’ it by the skin of his teeth (no pun intended!) 

Next year it’s Flint’s turn to shop for, prepare, and cook Christmas dinner alone. Who knows what we will end up with. Venison I’d guess from all the skins about the place! 😜

Bushcraft at Xmas 

So far our Christmas has consisted of me doing all the present shopping and wrapping and Flint making things for his upcoming trip to Sweden. Such as;

  • Fox fur hat
  • Snow shoes mark 2
  • A canvas tent 
  • Tons of other stuff that gets him out of housework… 


We’ve been spending loads of time in our log cabin with the woodburner glowing and cups of tea from the fire. 


We love a good Xmas film and have been indulging in The Gruffalo’s Child tonight with Flint’s love of the woods and snow. 


Bloody annoying though listening to him pointing out that the fox’s prints had the wrong gait! Just shows that you can’t escape bushcraft! X

I’m a fire starter 

I haven’t blogged in ages, it’s mad really but things have been busy with House DIY and we definitely aren’t done yet. Today, however I was chatting to a colleague and we got onto the subject of fires. We both have woodburners and he asked if we have used ours yet. Well flint and I love a fire and so does Tilly so yes we’ve had a few! 

My colleague said he was going to have one yesterday but realised they didn’t have any fire lighters so they didn’t. I was outraged! ‘You don’t need firelighters’ I squealed and started chatting about the use of candles or cotton wool and Vaseline. I then talked about little twigs and then slightly bigger bits of wood until you gradually build up to logs. 

Suddenly I caught myself and realised what I was saying. Oh wow I’m giving someone tips on lighting a fire. 

WHAT HAS HAPPENED?!! 

Here’s my little step by step on how.

On the right is a bunch of thin pieces of wood which I split with an axe from the larger wood on the left.


I then added a small piece of scrunched up paper and a couple of thick branch bits from the garden which have been dead a while and are now dry.


I set the fire first with the paper and then propped up the thinnest pieces of wood around it 

I then set the paper alight with a match and gradually stacked the other bits of wood around the flames being careful not to crush them

 I kept doing this and added thicker pieces before putting the branches bits on top once it had gained some energy. 

 

Finally I added some small logs and shut the doors to the woodburner to control the air flow 


I’m sure there are better ways and I’m happy to hear them of course but essentially I lit a fire and it worked first time and we are now warm and snug so I’m happy 🙂 



I am definitely The Bushcrafter’s Wife and it’s great 🙂 nothing beats coming home to an empty house on a cold November evening and being able to light my own fire for Tilly and I xxx