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    Natural Born Bushcrafter saxonaxe's Avatar
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    Samhain in the wood (pic heavy)

    After spending last weekend in the Welsh Marches, riding on steam trains and doing a recce in the Forest of Dean, I was home to spend the time of Samhain in a Sussex wood.

    5 days rations..not shown is the essentials of the brew kit and 5 of those instant packet breakfast oat/cereals which I had to collect on the way to the wood. Only 4 main meals, but the last day for me is always " eat what's left day"...That way I never return with uneaten supplies and because I know the next day I'll be back on proper grub..



    Not too heavy, there's everything I need and it's only just under an hour walk from where I leave my transport



    Nature has laid her seasonal carpet again..



    There's still a lot of leaves on the trees, and except for the last day when it rained, generally it was 'T' shirt weather for 90% of the time I was in the wood..





    From my Northern boundry I have a view of the English countryside in all it's beauty. In the last photo, if you look closely you'll see two Fallow Deer helping themselves to the cows grazing pasture..







    First job..a trip to my well and get the filtered water supply rigged up..



    This is home, I'm not a hammock fan..unless it's a jungly environment..



    Day three and still amazingly warm. The mist closed in and the wood became a silent magic place. Occasionally just the distant sound of an aeroplane far away. At night the continual sound of leaf fall sounded like rain on the tent fabric.





    But the Samhain fire burned bright late into the night.



    Some sights in the wood...









    Drying Silver Birch bark for my tinder haul..



    And cooking..?? Lamb casserole...I think..



    Squirrels getting fat on the Sweet Chesnuts..



    Smoke in the wood..





    And a Queen of the woods, one of the beautiful Beeches which grace the wood.



    I say Holmes, Saxonaxe was here I swear it..Look



    Where? He seems to have left no trace Dr Watson...


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    Nice location, pictures and write up, thanks again.

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    Peace n tranquility.....loks like you picked a good spot n had a good time.
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    Nice woodland tale, makes me want to sit out in the woods for a while.

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    Looks a great trip. Thanks for sharing!
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    lovely write up as per usual. Thank you.

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    Great report. Looks a nice trip. Never slept in the woods alone. This makes me want to.

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    LOL Loved the Sherlock Holmes part at the end xD. Man do I miss Jeremy Brett...
    Fantastic write-up, great to see other parts of the world immersed in shades and cloaks of Autumn .
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    Great piccies! I particularly like the "Smoke in the Woods" photo's. The composition of the first picture is awesome. I'll be honest and say that I was hoping the picture was bigger as I wanted to right-click it and set it as the wallpaper on my little notebook computer
    Last edited by Ken; 14-11-2015 at 05:27 PM.

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    Natural Born Bushcrafter saxonaxe's Avatar
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    Ken, it is possible to record my total knowledge of photos/computers on a pin head, so this may be a very dumb question...
    When I post the photos from Imgur, I have the choice of small-medium-large thumbnails or full size. It so happens medium thumbnail fits and shows as posted, would it help you if I try maximum size Imgur allow?



    If this doesn't work, apologies for re-posting the same photo Folks..

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