Well, I knew this day would come eventually. Last year was a physical struggle, and my kncakerdness and achyness this year is worse.
Add to that my 67 year old wife can no longer be left to fend for herself for two weeks and it comes down to last year being my last moot.
Good luck everyone...
OK, just an update on the suggestion for running an intesnive three day amateur radio foundation licence course workshop followed by an official Ofcom exam at next year's bushmoot.
I've approached the government departments that sanction such courses, and applied for registered assessor status...
Here's a few of the pics from the moot that either myself or Andy took.
If you click on any of the pics, it'll take you to my Photobucket album where you can see all of them.
Great fun. Even the weather was exciting.
Can't wait for next year.
Here's a live stream feed of grown men in armour knocking the cr@p out of each other on the field of battle. Great fun, and nobody gets killed.
If you've read the posts in the Bushmoot section, you probably know that I'll be setting up and running a special event amaterur radio station for the duration, as well as carrying out extensive field tests just to see what I can do with the gear I've built.
So, I've been a busy boy for the...
As I'm running a ham radio station at the moot to do field experiments under wilderness conditions, I thought I'd apply for a special event callsign from Ofcom. It's just for the weekend 8th - 10th Aug, but it means that other people can use the radios and use the special event callsign. The...
Seeing as I am setting up an amateur radio station and demonstration at the moot, I thought I would apply for a notice of variation (NoV)to my own callsign, so that any other licenced radio hams at the moot can operate my gear and still stay within the legal framework. I am applying for the...
It's not listed on the course list on the Bushmoot web page yet, but just letting anyone interested know that there WILL be a leatherwork course as normal this year.
I only mention it here as I've had messages and emails asking me.
Also as usual, bookings and finances through Shelly please.
This project was born out of necessity. There's nowt worse than opening your kit and pulling out the ridgeline for your hammock tarp to find it's all tangled up with antenna wires and tarp guy lines. Been there, done that - usually at dusk when I'm knackered already.
So, I set about seeing...
I want to know how radio will work in a location where there's no WiFi or mobile coverage, so the moot seems the ideal place to do field tests.
With that in mind, I'll be setting up a fully legal and Ofcom licenced radio station down at my camping area. I'll also do a one day "Introduction to...
Know what this blanket coat is called? It's a Capote. Favored by Mountain Men, fur trappers and Native Americans alike.
These (the blankets) were traded for beaver and other fur bearing animal pelts in North America up till the 1850's when the fur trapping industry pretty much collapsed.
All of the tutorials I do or have done in the past often get lost in the pages of the various Fora I frequent. So I thought I'd put them all in one place. Yay! I've made myself a Blog page.
So all of my meandering wierdness can now be found in a little corner of the Interwebs called...
[i](Note: I lost the original photos to this tutorial when the host server closed down and my own originals were trapped in an old hard drive no longer connected to my computer. I've managed to get them back and make a new tutorial as a number of members have asked for it).[i/]
Making a waxed...
Just spent a cracking weekend running a leatherworking course down in Cambridge.
I met Andor and his family at the Bushmoot last year and did some leatherwork with them as they had to fit looking after two little ones round their availability, therefore they couldn't really do the three day...
I need to ask a small, but important favour from people who were at the Bushmoot.
My Grandson Cameron Wood didn't quite get the exam results he needed to get onto the Uniformed Services course (police), he was hoping to attend at college in September.
The course director said when his mum...
Wednesday 29th May, 12.30pm,
St Josephs Church,
11 Darlington Lane, Norton,
Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 1EW
All his bushcraft friends are welcome to attend.
Following the service there will be a wake at
Norton Cricket Club. Station Road. Norton. Stockton on Tees. Teesside. TS20 1PE.
I had a brilliant time yesterday letting a bunch of kids shoot guns (blanks) and showing them how to light a fire with flint and striker. Didn't get piccies of the firelighting as I was too busy, but I did get a newspaper photographer to take my camera and shoot these.
For those of you who knew Donagh, and wish to pay respects, here are the funeral details.
Friday 30th November.
11:00am Pagan Service
'Walter Johnson&Sons' Erskine PA8 7AA
12:00 Green Burial at Lochwinnoch Woodland
Lochwinnoch PA12 4DJ
13:00-16:00 Viking Feast
Erskine Bridge Hotel...