Natural Bushcraft - The True Spirit of Bushcraft

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home Blog Nature A quiet day of Come What May

A quiet day of Come What May

E-mail Print PDF

Trying to muster the motivation to get out for a day or night in the tempestuous weather we've been having this week was proving difficult. As it happened a fine day of mixed sunshine and billowing clouds punctured the cycle of heavy rain. So after chucking a load of whittling gear, fishing stuff and some heavy duty cooking hardware into Ashleys very Green motor, green because of all the moss and lichen growing on he :D, we headed off to a nice spot for quiet day of come what may. 

Car camping!

The Frontier StoveOn arrival, we set up the Frontier Stove ready for lunch, Ash got the Frontier Stove fired up while I set about pulling up some Himalayan Balsam that's trying to get a foothold in this beautiful wildlife haven. We were fully poshing it up! Along with the Frontier stove, we brought a big iron skillet, a table and our camping chairs, hopefully they wouldn't end up hoisted into the tree canopy today!


Once the Frontier stove was fired up and ready to go we set about cooking up lunch. Todays vittles were all locally produced items including venison sausages, lamb and mint sausages and my favourite, pork and Rattler sausages... Rattler is my favourite cyder, made here in Cornwall. To accompany them was freshly baked baguettes, plum and ginger sauce from The Cornish chilli Co. and Cornish Yarg cheese wrapped in nettles. Mouthwatering eh?

Cooking Up on the Frontier Stove

We were trying to get a feel of how to control the heat output of the Frontier Stove. There is a damper in the flue, a removable 6 inch lid section on top and also the door can be set open in a couple of positions too. Through tweaking these different elements we could have the skillet full on glowing and spitting or gently sizzling away. The advantage with this control is that once we finished cooking lunch, we left a log in there smouldering away, totally shutting down the stove. Then come 6 oclock we opened it up again and it took no time at all to get her fired up again, purely through air flow. Very efficient use of fuel and great if you want an overnight heat source in a Yurt or Bell Tent.

Once fed and watered we settled down for a bit of whittling. Ash got on with carving an owl which is soon going to be an owl spoon and I start chiselling away at a champagne cork to make a float for my undernourished fishing kit. Once I was happy with it I took up a piece of well seasoned hawthorn that I've been saving for a while now and got on with making a spoon for my friend as a birthday present. I managed to get it all sanded and oiled too... Nice to start and finish a carving in one go :)

Fishing float Another spoon

I was keen to try my new float out so we headed for the lake for a bit of a dangle, foraging some worms for bait on the way. It was crystal clear as per usual and you could see the fish cruising around. Ash was already set up, so while I was sorting my tackle, he was already casting in. Within minutes we watched a huge beast come swimming over and hoover up the worm and hook. After a short fight and a camera fail by me, it got of the hook and swam away free!

Ashley's whopper!Once I'd got set up and after nearly losing my float from a rubbish casting into a tree incident, I hooked into a small roach. Ash got one more whopper and we both had loads of nibbles, but I was just happy that my float worked ok.

Time was ticking on and the temperature had dropped somewhat, so we got the Frontier Stove stoked up again and set about cooking the rest of the sausages while huddling round it to keep warm. After emptying the charred remains from the Frontier Stove, it didn't take to long to cool down. By the time we had all our other gear packed away, we could dismantle and pack it away.

As we left, we both remarked on how lucky we were to have access to this beautiful woodland and I came away all chilled and satisfied. Getting close to nature, being outdoors, making stuff and cooking on fire. All of these things culminate into a peaceful smile and a happy chappy :) 


Thanks for reading


Comments (6)
6 Saturday, 01 March 2014 19:40

I saw your video's on YT a long while ago, they sure were helpful for me in the time i wanted to achieve my first friction fires, seems I stumbled upon your blog now by accident, added it to my 'must-read'-list for later. Looks great.

5 Monday, 03 June 2013 15:20
callum campbell (not logged in)
it looks like you had good time guys good story post more soon
4 Tuesday, 16 October 2012 19:39
max hill
youre so lucky to have such a forest so close
3 Monday, 17 September 2012 09:46
Paul Richards
Great story and I enjoyed reading it. Thanks Phil!
2 Monday, 27 August 2012 18:44
paul draddy
fantastic fellas,good times
1 Monday, 27 August 2012 15:20
Ross Everitt
Looks like you had a great time. :o)

Add your comment

Your name:

Natural Bushcraft is a personal project aiming to provide a free bushcraft resource available to everyone.

Sharing Bushcraft Skills and Knowledge Freely regardless of age or status is important to me.

Welcome to the...
'The True Spirit of Bushcraft'

Best wishes
Ashley Cawley.

UK Wild Food - Jan

Listed here are Wild Foods that should be available in parts of the UK in January.

Daisy leaf

Gorse flower
Greater Plantain
Ribwort Plantain
Buck's Horn Plantain (coastal)
Scurvy Grass
Sea beet
Sea Radish
Pennywort (particularly good at the moment)
Alexanders (very good at the moment)
Chirvil (be very careful , as Hemlock Water-Dropwort is starting to sprout now and looks very similar, but is deadly poisonous!)
Sea Purslane
Rock Samphire (still usable, but a bit over now, coastal)
Rose Hips
Common Sorrel
Ivy-Leaved Toadflax
Wood sorrel
Three-cornered leek

*These are just some of the wild edibles you will find in the UK this month.

The Hedge Combers


A beautiful blog by my friend Janie sharing tips on self-sufficiency, homemade recipes, growing fruit, veg & rearing animals for meat & eggs.

Woodland Valley

Woodland Valley an Organic Farm in the centre of Cornwall.
A Bushcraft Friendly Campsite with Ancient Woodland and Group Accommodation  available.

Another Bushcraft & Wilderness Skills website that I love, by a friend & superb Photographer Gary Waidson.

Community Bloggers

If you would like to see what other members of our community get up to on their trips then take a look at the Woodland Tales section of our forum where our community post write-ups & pictures of their Bushcraft trips.


Bushcraft Search

Who's On the Website

We have 89 guests online

Follow Me on Twitter

Twitter Icon Follow Ashley Cawley

Subscribe on YouTube

Subscribe on YouTubeEnjoy our videos? Be sure to Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to hear about our latest releases.

Help This WebSite


It takes a lot of work to build & maintain this site, I don't get paid for any of this and I choose not to display adverts, I offer it all for free. However it does cost to run the site, if you'd like to help me with those costs you can do so here:

May 2019

Joshua Brown

Febuary 2019

Ross Everitt

May 2018

Carl Fitches

Nov 2017

Tony Rush

Oct 2017

Luke Moncrieff-jury

July 2017

Ross Everitt

April 2017

Matthew McGlone

Thank You
Supporters of
Natural Bushcraft

Claire Cawley's Blog

Claires Blog Gardening Growing Chickens Cooking Household

My wife Claire has started her own Blog about Gardening, Growing Your Own / Self-Sufficiency, Chickens, Green Cleaning and much more! Please take a look, comment & bookmark the site if you enjoy it.