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June's here already!

June 5, 2018

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!

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