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    Mid-Wales and the Borders Bush Camp - 23rd - 25th October *** IMPORTANT NEWS ***

    This is a shame, but it also means that when it does happen there's a higher chance I'll be able to attend.
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    Lockdown garden camping.

    I did a bit of home improvement on the shelter today, in preparation for more nights out at the end of the week. I'd put the withy end in last week so today I put in diagonals on the frame (which did their job brilliantly; it's now much more solid and stable), replaced some of the bindings and...
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    Lockdown garden camping.

    @LukeR Your Lavvu set-up looks superb, as does the location.
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    Lockdown garden camping.

    Yeah, that's Geoff. He was just checking to see that I'd done a tidy job with the poncho. I ate biscuits (before the badgers did) and drank tea. Nowt special.
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    Lockdown garden camping.

    Had two fantastic nights sleep over the weekend - full moon, dawn chorus - you name it. I even got raided by two badgers!
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    Carbon footprint of a paraffin lamp versus a battery lantern

    Thanks all - some good logic. I'll keep my eye open, both for a paraffin lamp for more relaxed solo outings, and possibly a lantern for when I'm accompanied by family, dogs etc.
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    Lockdown garden camping.

    Will do - am heading off now.
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    Lockdown garden camping.

    I'm really lucky in that respect; the wood belongs to my landlord and is literally fifty yards from my back door.
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    Carbon footprint of a paraffin lamp versus a battery lantern

    I've been thinking about using a paraffin lamp for use in my camp but I'm not sure whether or not to go for it. Obviously, a paraffin lamp is by far the nicest way to illuminate the place but the carbon footprint must be quite high. This got me to thinking - which has the higher carbon...
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    Lockdown garden camping.

    I built a basic shelter with a view to making it more permanent. I think I'll swap the poncho for some plastic sheet and make walls on the north and west sides using wind-harvested logs. I've trimmed the ends off those poles, but left enough for a lantern to hang on the closer one. Next thing...
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    Lockdown garden camping.

    I'm hoping to camp in our wood on Friday and Saturday. It's only 50 yards from the house, but it'll give me an excuse to build a new shelter.
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    Axes, hultafors length advice please

    I've got the 52cm one and it's great. Light and short enough for even quite niche jobs like pleaching hedges but big enough to buck logs up to about 20cm if you feel the need. The whole range are really good tools.
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    WW2 axe discovery

    The steel seems very good under initial impressions. It seems very hard and quite durable.
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    WW2 axe discovery

    Certainly useful: I chopped some kindling with it last night to test it out and despite not having been sharpened in goodness knows how long it did a great job.
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    WW2 axe discovery

    I did a bit of research and found that apparently the type pictured above were sometimes issued to aircrew, too, but not sure who or when this would have been done.