We've just held our first course of the year - and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed them! Lovely weather, great guests ... you couldn't ask for more.
One guest, David Reid, has very kindly put together a YouTube slideshow of photos from the course which is viewable via this link. As you'll see, not only was this the first course of the year but it's the first time we've had guests camping as well, and hence the first time the new showers were used 'properly' as it were too. Throw in a bit of axe-throwing and I can't think of a better way to spend a couple of days!
Last week saw three 'trial courses' - days when we test out new courses to see if there's anything we haven't thought of.
So, back-to-back, I was taking part in -
Children's Basic Bushcraft. For me at least the 'making fire' bit of the day was the best, I loved it! Something wonderfully elemental about making fire from nothing. Mind you, all the other skills were very involving and engaging too. It was good to see how absorbed the children were with it all.
Children's Wild Child Adventures ... and this was indeed a bit more wild! The day included trapping, stalking in two teams and hunting each other (with soft-tip arrows and goggles I should add!). It was a lot of fun for everyone.
Children's Away With The Fairies, which I have to say was lovely. The kids - boys and girls - just loved it and it was a real pleasure to see them having so much fun. The parents were having a pretty fine time of it too!
I can promise you, doing three one-day courses, all involving children, is a sure way to end up totally exhaused. Where do they get all that energy from ... ?
I am a woodworker and designer running green woodworking and
craft courses in a woodland workshop in Dorset,UK. I am passionate
about wood and craftsmanship in general. In-between running courses I
take on commissions in green wood.