My previous shortage of "greentime" is being made good and this weekend was an absolute high. The first event we had planned was the socalled "skogsdag", meaning woodsday. That is a manifestation of several companies, associations and other groups, which are related to the forest, like loggingcompanies, scoutgroups, protectionfoundations, government in various ways etc. For my oldest daughter and me this meant we went full circle, since this was the first event we went to together, when we moved here. How much has changed since than! Now we could talk to people, understand what they were saying and we met people we know. Afterwards we'd go up to the charcoalkiln together, again and spend the night there.
|We were about to learn quit a few things on "familylogistics"....|
|Riding a loggers' horse and cart. This baby showed us up close how a horse dumps a load, while working.... |
I'll spare you the details.
I also had the opportunity to learn about some things I was very keen on learning. We met a group of reenactors from the vikingera. They brought with them a horsebow and some flint and steel strikers. Because I have fysical limitations I can not use a longbow or related bows for a length of time. After shooting a few arrows, my shoulders stop playing ball. I had gotten some advise on trying a horsebow. They are much shorter and put much less strain on your body. Now I had the chance on trying that! And it worked wonderfully! I had the opportunity to shoot, feel the bow and especially NOT feel my shoulders afterwards. I also learned that there is an archeryclub in the town next to ours, about 8km away... Yes!! Guess what I'll be doing shortly!
They also had some flint and steel there and I had to opportunity to try those as well. The guy this belonged to explained to me how it worked, but only managed to knock of some splinters from his stone. After a few strikes I was able to get sparks and even some longer glowing ones, which would have been able to get some tinder going. He looked at me with a face that was clearly saying:"You did this befor, right?".... wrong..... I just read about it carefully.
|My oldest daughter having a go with the bow|
Another thing I learned about was making and collecting pinetar. I had the proces explained to me, they showed me what wood was best to use and how easy it actually was.... as long as you know what you're dong and take your time doing it.
All in all it was a very informative and pleasant day. A few hours very well spent!
Afterwards we headed to the kiln. I mentioned befor that here in Sweden on each and every possible occassion people grill saucages and hamburgers. I believe that spending a weekend outdoors requires more substantial food, so I brought my kettle and my wife had loaded up the ingredients for a decent outdoormeal. I did get quit a few surprised look at first.....
|One of the teammembers we were about to relieve. He and his wife did stay for the rest of the night though, allthough they were relieved shortly after we arrived.|
|Yep... that's me cooking...|
|three pretty blondes on a row|
|The work continues around the clock. Every 2 hours the first few days, but now it was about every 3-4.|
|This picture explains exactly how the evening was....|
|Our "camp"... at 06:30 AM|
|yep... me cooking again..... Bacons & eggs this time.|
|Kids playing as they should; building shelters, climbing trees and running around in the woods.|
Befor we left this morning, some work had to be done. The kiln had to be closed up completely, so it can smolder for the rest of the week. It has to be done by coming saturday, for than we will be opening it and spreading the charcoal to cool off. I'll get pretty black than......
|Found this flying insect too! The three fingers are mine, so you can get an idea of its size!|