The Bushmoot runs for nearly two weeks, it’s a wonderful opportunity for individuals, friends and families with a common interest in all things Bushcrafty to gather, share and learn. There’s a huge number for workshops to attend, from camp craft, knife safety and shelter building through to coastal foraging, flint knapping and bow making!
The Bushmoot is located next to the amazing sand dunes at Merthyr Mawr, so a long walk or a swim in the sea are never far away. Best of all are the people who attend, you really couldn’t ask for a more friendly and chilled event. So keep an eye out for the Bushmoot 2017 dates and book some time off with your family, friends or just get along and make some new friends!
Centre stage this year for my camp was the Stingray, a tree tent made by Tentsile. One way to describe this amazing tent is a multi-person hammock, it’s designed for three! Underneath that flysheet is a triangle of tough fabric that is suspended in mid air, attached to three trees by strong ratchet straps. And how do you get in – via a hatch / entrance underneath of course (our cool box made a useful step!).
The simple pleasures of camping; find some wood, split into suitable sizes (even if damp on the outside from rain – it’s likely to be much drier on the inside), carve a few feather sticks and light your campfire. The kettle was suspended from a simple pot hanger (note the piece of para-cord attached at the back), and a brew was soon ready.
For regulars at the Bushmoot, it’ll be no surprise that I was running another bread baking class. Having made our yeasted bread dough (some with added pesto) we left it to prove near the fire, and while waiting we made bannock and cooked it as nutella (hazelnut spread) filled dampers on sticks. Thank you to everyone who joined my bread baking class – to get my bread baking recipes, just subscribe and those recipes will will be on their way to you!
One thing to consider when baking is what pot will you use – the message is clearly anything that is made of metal. We used a variety; dutch ovens, zebra cans, aluminium billies, stainless pots and an intriguing pot made from tow stainless mixing bowls clipped together with bulldog clips!