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    Cattail ( Typha Latifolia )

    I tried to get some roots a couple of months ago but the water was low which exposed the sandy bottom. This was frozen solid, so no digging and no food. I had to forage for a pot noodle instead. (Typha chow mein). But I did manage to get a few stems and make a few hand drill embers on the spot...
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    Ground nuts

    The nuthatchs have now started on the fat ball and walnuts I put out. So that takes the pressure off a bit.
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    Making a Will

    I would ignore the above posts. All you really need are my bank account details.:smile:
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    Ground nuts

    I am in an area with lots of walnuts on the ground. I assume from last September/October. I can easily open them with my fingers which means they a probably not sealed. I've been opening them for the birds which has made me very popular. Are they safe to eat? They are easy to open and lying on...
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    Quinzee snow shelter 2020

    Quinzee march2020 by Hola Siesta, on Flickr Another night in a quinzee. The views were amazing. I am so used to getting up and moving, just to stay warm. But my last few nights out, I just sat around with lots of hot drinks and my binos.
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    Tapatalk add

    Left of the orange T, there is a tiny x. Click on this and it goes away. Easier to click when in landscape mode.
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    The Corfu Trail

    Removed
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    Quinzee snow shelter 2020

    Quinzee 2 New Year 2020 by Hola Siesta, on Flickr Spent the New Year at 2000m in a quinzee. French Alps. Photo from this morning. An amazing 1st day of the year. Just sat around drinking tea and getting sun burnt.
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    Sotol. Coast Hibiscus. Where to buy?

    No need to send any as I sometimes head over to the Caribbean. Just didn't realise there were both types there. The 1st post explains why I am after some;) I have always assumed that it was the bush not the tree that was used.
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    Sotol. Coast Hibiscus. Where to buy?

    Do you know which one is used? How thick is the stem of the plant? And do you find either in the Caribbean? Thanks.
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    Bow. Arrows.

    Typical of this forum. An opportunity for the 'experts' to be patronising and rude. I guess it would be best to close this thread.
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    Bow. Arrows.

    I am thinking about getting a Mandarin Duck Black Hunter recurve bow. 60". 50lbs. 28" draw. Can anyone recommend some arrows? I have very long arms. And will be trying to hunt down and kill tree stumps. No animals. No targets. So I am looking for something robust. Carbon may be too pricey for...
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    Sotol. Coast Hibiscus. Where to buy?

    Does anyone know where you can buy non native UK woods like Sotol or Coastal Hibiscus? I would like to work on the fire plough/plow this winter. I have tried many times with other woods that are local but without success. If I can achieve my first ember then I will have the confidence to try...
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    Fire roll. Coffee and stuff.

    Toddy - it looks like you're going to have to test that for us. I'm busy with limpets.:)
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    Fire roll. Coffee and stuff.

    Also tried a limpet shell crushed down. Calcium powder. I think it may work. Will try again tomorrow.
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    Fire roll. Coffee and stuff.

    Just tried Galaxy hot choco. It got very hot but I think the sugar and milk in the powder doesn't help. Maybe just cocoa powder would work. But that is rarely sold these days.
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    Fire roll. Coffee and stuff.

    There are a few one handed bow drill methods. The best one I found was - sitting on your bum, legs extended, big fat bearing block under the back of one knee, downward pressure with weight of leg, stability with stiffening leg out straight. Voila - ember.
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    Fire roll. Coffee and stuff.

    Hello Toddy, Chaga broken down to dust? Rolled in cotton wool. Horse hoof fluff inside cotton wool or to replace the cotton wool? Or is that all combined as the roll with ash inside? Thanks.
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    Fire roll. Coffee and stuff.

    I think it is the easiest method of the lot. One handed. No muscle memory to train. No strength or stamina needed. Using natural ingredients found in the wild requires a bit of thinking. But ash from an old fire is quite common. So are rusty objects. And a lot of people carry coffee.
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    Fire roll. Coffee and stuff.

    A broken bone stops play. So I am limited to one handed stuff. A few years ago I practiced one handed bow drilling but this time I am trying to improve my fire roll. I have successfully used various ingredients in the past - ash, rust, coffee and a few others. Just want to ask if anyone has...