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Thread: A day out in Great Bradley Wood. (pic heavy)

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    One with Nature fish's Avatar
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    A day out in Great Bradley Wood. (pic heavy)

    Well its that time of year again,the kids are back at school and that always means an Indian summer,well my kids don't go to school we teach them at home and on this occasion the woods would be the classroom,bliss!
    We decided to leave for Bradley woods just after midday as i had a few spoons to carve for a friend,so with bags packed all 6 of us and a visiting child who is having a long sleepover here set off,its a walkable distance but i didnt want 90 minutes of 'are we there yet?' so we drove to the woods and parked in a lane next to the vicarage,once there we set off on the 20 minute or so walk to the spot i had noticed earlier in the week when we were foraging hazel nuts.
    About a half mile along the main track a deer track crosses the path and this is where we entered the woods towards the south,following the trail we noticed a variety of fungi,but what i was really after if we were lucky was some oak galls,we want some for making traditional ink as well as making some rather nice fishing floats for our natural resources lessons.
    We soon arrived at a nice looking spot and settled under a Beech tree,a reasonably young one maybe no more than 50 years old,these woods have some huge Beech trees,some so big they cant support their own weight and so lose the odd limb giving them their unwarranted name of the 'widow maker',I have never agreed with the name,i have spent hundreds of nights in Beech woodland and have never seen or heard one go,never met anyone who has either let alone heard of any widows being made by one.
    First task for the kids was running around climbing trees when they were asked to collect fire wood for the cooking and coffee,eventually they did find some nice dead standing hazel,great for a fire,and jack found some nice silver birch bark for lighting the fire, a few sparks on the tinder and the fire was going,much to the joy of baby Samuel who like the rest of us loves a good fire!
    After an hour or so a good friend of hours and her son jet found us and joined in,she brought a gift for Samuel,a tree swing that hangs anywhere ,great for keeping a baby where he is safe and off the floor where sticks and leaves look good for chomping on!
    After a brew i affixed a nice fresh wild duck onto the Camp Crane and spit roasted it over the fire,if you have never spit roasted a duck over a fire try it! it was the finest duck i have ever tried,crispy smoked skin ,from now on its the only way i am cooking wild duck!
    Any how heres a few pics of our trip,comments and questions welcome:

    Great Bradley wood 06/09/2014 by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    Unknown fungi. by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    Robin in his hammock made by me by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    Tireing work! by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    Sammy and Mum in the woods. by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    Sammy and Mum in the woods. by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    Camp Cook Crane. by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    Wherever i lay my hat...... by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    jack in the woods. by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    roast wild duck on the Camp Crane by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    roast wild duck on the Camp Crane by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    Sammy's tree swing! by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    Tender spit roast wild duck. by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    Early Autumn light. by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    tasty duck! by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    Friend in the woods. by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    Evening light. by fishfish_01, on Flickr

    All in all a great day out was had by us all ,we returned home,kids tired from all the running about,climbing trees and general mischief,on the way home they were already planning their next trip!

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    Fantastic Fish. When education becomes enjoyable, children will absorb the knowledge far easier, and gain so much more. I applaud you. Also it looks like you had a great time yourself. Good on you.
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    Natural Born Bushcrafter Valantine's Avatar
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    You know it's a really good day when the kids want to go again.
    Glad you all enjoyed it

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    One with Nature fish's Avatar
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    thanks guys,i am collecting the oak galls to make some fishing floats like this one: A country living forum to compliment your bushcraft way of life.

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    Wonderful collection of photos that capture the essence of the trip...Good Luck with the fishing floats.

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    Arguably the best way to teach the next generation . I've noticed the same thing with European Beech ornamentals here - half the tree may be dead, and yet not a branch is shed. It's a different story, though, with our native American variety, which seems to snap off twigs at every gust of wind.
    Roasted like kings, I see .
    Interesting about the oak gall floats - might have to try that out myself sometime.
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    Now thats a family picnic.......Looks like you all had a good day.thanks for sharing it with us all.
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