We had a day in the woods on Saturday with Dryad Bushcraft run by a fella called Andrew Price, here on Gower Peninsula.
They run several courses and we opted for the one day starter course, set in private woodland about 10 mins from home.
Alan, myself and Alans son, Robert, together with three other folk, were taught to light fires by friction (Al was the super hero at this - said his carpenters skills helped), make fire using a piece of flint, campfire cookery including some fantastic beer bread (flour and beer in a Dutch Oven), tarp'n'hammock set up and then a foraging expedition.
It was a slow paced, relaxing day with two instructors who lived for the outdoors and had an answer to every question. We got chatting to one of the guys who told us that when he has to go to London, he uses his hammock in Kew Gardens!
We had a great day - it was like being a boy scout again - we got to play with knives, fire and axes. We got to eat berries that you would have thought would give you the trots for a week and learned a lot about the green stuff all around us. I know it will add a new level of enjoyment to our walking and backpacking.
If you love spending time in the outdoors, find your local bushcraft course provider - you'll love it!