Well….long time no see! I’ve been reading Alastair Humphreys’ newsletters and have become inspired. If you haven’t heard of him, please do check him out, especially the book ‘Microadventures’ which I seem to be recommending to everyone!
So, first off, a book to immerse yourselves in: ‘Into the forest’, by Jean Hegland. A story involving two young woman surviving an all-too-possible near-future slow apocalypse. The sisters gradually wean themselves from civilisation and gradually become absorbed into the woodland around their home. A thought-provoking and subtle story.
Next, a movie to watch – The Canoe by Goh Iromoto – a wonderfully serene, beautiful picture, illustrating the way you can become immersed in nature when you travel by canoe. Also featuring the King, Ray Mears.
Moving on, a computer game for your phone (so I suppose, technically, an ‘app’). Survive , by Juuso Hietalahti, is a fun way to test your wilderness survival decision-making and prioritisation skills.
A board game to get in the spirit of things would be the amazing (and fiendishly difficult at times) Robinson Crusoe: adventures on the cursed island by Ignacy Trzewiczek. A co-operative game (if one player dies the game is over) where you have to cope on a desert island by finding food, making bits of equipment, coping with the weather, and avoiding ‘adventures’; you can tell a seasoned player of this game-they shudder and turn pale when the ‘adventure’ word is mentioned!
A YouTube channel to watch – Dave Canterbury – an American survivalist, with a very down-to-earth manner, and a good skill level; I’ve picked up all sorts of tips from watching some of these videos, from preparing your cordage, setting up shelters to building a medical kit for using wild medicines, to weaving techniques. All good stuff!
Now, a local hero: Chris Hopkins, who runs the SDR gym in Stockport specialising in getting little people who’re having a spot of bother standing or walking, up on their feet. We found him quite by accident, and I think he deserves a bit of a shout out!
And, finally, a recipe: home-made soft cheese, with a wild herb crust: -
Bring 1 litre of milk up to a gentle boil, and remove from the heat. Add the juice of a lemon and stir in. Allow it to cool, then use a slotted spoon to scoop the solid curds into a clean muslin bag, tie up, give it a gentle squeeze and hang over a pan or bowl (to catch the drips) overnight.
The next day, unwrap carefully and mix in salt, and flavourings (such as chopped fresh herbs, garlic, olives or bits of sun-dried tomatoes)– we then rolled ours up into a little cheese shape and rolled the whole thing in finely chopped wild garlic leaves.
Store in the fridge and eat within a few days, ideally with crusty home-made bread!