Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Review: Thinsulate Patrol Boots

I originally bought these boots http://www.meanandgreen.com/army/-/Thinsulate_Patrol_Boots_%28Cadet_Style%29/2610/440.html Boot  Boot02
Boot01   Boot03 because I liked the support given by combat highs and thought they might be a lightweight alternative to my Danner Gortex for bushcraft and dog walking. Unfortunately within 3 wears one of the eyelets fell out and the material ripped. After the shop swapped for another pair I thought I was onto a winner the boots themselves are quite comfortable from the get go, then I wore them after rain. Just walking through wet grass my feet got soaked, the insoles felt like they'd sunk at the heal and have had to be replaced, I honestly didn't expect it to the point I went home and changed boots then walked exactly the same route wearing my Danner's which kept me dry and toasty.

I bought these boots on the back of the reviews on the site, I’ll not be doing that again I suggest no one else does either.

Monday, 25 June 2012

It's a strange world we live in:

So I'm walking the dogs yesterday Loki and Diesel and I came across the remains of a camp. I know what happened we see it every weekend some scroats go down to the woods have a few beers set fire to some stuff cook some sausages and leave a bloody mess everywhere
In the remains of the fire I spy something shiney and on closer inspection realise its a folding grill, near by are assorted carrier type bags so I snag one put the bits of this folding grill inside and continue my walk
I get home give it a clean and see its Lokkii brand I just had to smile (I'm Teutonic/Anglo Saxon Heathen) I googled it and http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lokkii-BBQ...item4ab895fe20 they range in price from £10 to £28.49 depending on where you go, I didn't have all the bits so went back today and found the rest
Cleaned up and looking good

As the wife and kids have just gotten interested in camping after the Bushcraft show weekend, this’ll come in mighty useful.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Fathers Day Walk.

Went for a walk this morning with the boys and my daughter Charlotte to clear the cobwebs and spend some time alone together, normally she has to share with her twin sister who “usually” demands more attention so it’s nice when Charlotte wants to come on a little jaunt with me.


We arrived at the farm as the dogs rollicked in the long grass we noticed little black butterfly’s taking to the air (later identified as Chimney Sweep Moths) so we spent the next 15-20minutes trying to catch them by hand. Charlotte had way more luck than me tbh I just used it as an excuse to be silly…….


Charlotte chasing moths:

FD6  FD4  FD5


The Catch(s):


FD1  FD2



Not sure what this was:


FD7  Another “moth” type.


Charlotte exploring:


FD9  FD22




FD8  FD15


Random Pic’s taken by Charlotte:


FD10  FD11 

FD12 FD13 

 FD14 FD16

FD17  FD20

FD18  FD19

FD23 FD26

FD28 FD21 This last one for some reason caught her eye as she thought it might be a fae letterbox in the tree lol. Before we knew it nearly 2 hours had gone by and it was time to head home for dinner, we went over a few wild edibles and plant I.D but mostly it was just goofing off and being together.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Why no trace camping/bushcraft?

The subject came up on a forum recently and tbh although the majority of the responses were positive, I have to admit to being disturbed someone felt the need to ask in the first place.

This is the main area I bushcraft and walk the dogs I spend anywhere between 1-5 hours a day https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en...+Wolverhampton I also cover some of the surrounding countryside via public paths/walks/access the area of Northycote Farm is not large but it is peaceful.

The following were all taken this morning whilst I was out walking the dogs.

2 Pictures of the same camp

Burnt trees

2 Old scars

Glass all over the place, everyone knows people walk their dogs around here we've had a couple of trips to the vets with ripped pads.

More camps

Last but by no means least

125 poop bags cost £1 and there are bins especially for them dotted along the foot paths.

Some of the above are indeed biodegradable meanwhile they're a scar on the landscape and interfere with my enjoyment and that of other users and the local wildlife. We go out into these places to enjoy them for what they are, a better question than the one in the title would be, Why Not?