I know it's not exactly Lothians, but the Crannog has an ancient pyrotechnology day on the weekend of 11th and 12th October.
"Sunday, 12th October: Prehistoric Pyrotechnia - Lighting up the Iron Age Strike a spark and discover the many methods of fire-making without matches and the best tinders available. From friction to fir candles, there's something to warm everyone! 11am - 4:30pm."
Sounds fun......we could actually have a one skill focus for a change.........and I don't think I can come
I could ask Barrie if she would let us use the other side of the loch site to camp though.
I'm up for anything, weeknight, if it was a weekend i don't have the kit for an overnighter but i would pop down during one of the days and evenings, well i do have the kit but its all pike fishing stuff and is too heavy to get about easily
Where is the crannog, excuse me for my ignorance, it does sound like a good day doing the firelighting bit
I mentioned i was a newbie, would one of the more experienced guys show me a wee bit knife sharpening, i would like to invest in a good bush craft knife, at present i'm hopeless, i just collect knifes i.e. i buy a new one when the old one is blunt
Below is a copy of a post I made in the full members area a couple of weeks ago that might interest you:
I was thinking over the weekend about a little get together in September here on our little farm / small holding.
So the basic idea is for a laid back meet, nothing rigidly organised, just kind of chilling out. There is a small wooded area, mainly pine trees but weve had a few hammocks up in there no problems and there is plenty of room for tents. A fire isnt a problem, although firewood is in short supply and providing someone could bring a boss, there is plenty of room for archery. If anyone wanted to do a demo of some kind then we can talk about that too.
The farm is between New Cumnock and Kirkconnel on the border of Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway and could run from say Friday till Monday, although if anyone wanted to arrive earlier or stay later thats not a problem either.
The dates would be around the weekend of the 5, 6, & 7th of September.
If there be anybody interested in this that hasn't already confirmed, you'll be more than welcome, just let me know.
Okay, this is where I ought to have explained a little more clearly. Sorry
I'm an Archaeologist, specialising in fibres and textiles, and a fair bit of ethnobotany. The Crannog centre employ me to come up and work Event Days for them, so I usually say on the forum when I'm working, and arrange that the Bushcrafters can come and visit, or stay over on the land at the other side of the loch that will eventually be an Archaeological Research Centre. This also works for days that PatrickM is there or even just days like the Pyrotechnology one.
It's not a brilliant campsite, but it does fine, and it is in a beautiful bit of the world.
The Crannog Crew are very welcoming , come up and visit, pay for the tour, tell them you are with BcUK, they'll tell you where the rest of us are, it really is worth taking the tour, (and it helps support the underwater excavation ) and we meet up on site.
Numbers aren't an issue, there are always folks who can't come and some who suddenly take a notion and do. We usually let the folks at SoTP know as well, there are always a few with boats around that like the loch
If you want to keep it purely Lothian it 'could' be arranged by pm, but generally we're a quietly friendly bunch of individuals.