Last weekend was one dedicated to the outdoors.
First on the agenda was a visit to the "skogens dag" or "day for the woods"; a manifestation with all sorts of organisations and companies with ties to the forest. Forestingcompanies, scoutinggroups, enviromental organisations, authorities etc. A very noticeable contribution was made by a number of attendants using real horsepower! At least 4 different ones showing both Ardenners and Nord svenskar or north Swedish. The latter is less massive.
Sheer power!! Immense muscles and immense hoofs, luckily blessed with a gentle character.
Handling such a wagon and horse for the first time I really wondered why the heck we started to use cars, if not for the sheer convenience of it. This was feeling good!
One of the other participants, the one with the horse further up this post, had written a book about this kind of work with horses, complete with illustrated step by step explanations and one of the copies switched owners. These people are planning on having a course of this coming autumn and you can guess what we were thinking... right? ;)
Our oldest daughter was attending with her scoutgroup and they had erected a camp with shelters and an obstaclecourse. They had had a great time, since they were being joined by a nearby, yet to them unknown scoutgroup and they shared the experience.
You can see her sleeping place under the green tarp where the grey/green bedroll is lying.
The reflectoroven was on the other scout group's firepit.
Our stay there was being cut short, because of lack of time.
After our visit to the skogens dag we went on to our next "assignment"; a double pass at the charcoalkiln. We had planned to spend the afternoon, evening and night there from 14:00 till 06:00. And most of us were looking forward to it... except our son. He wasn't feeling much for it, but we made him come anyway. We'd share the evening with some friends/acquaintances there, prepare some campfirefood and just have a good time. Weather was playing along nicely so far, even if the forecast predicted a bit of rain. So I went there first with some of my stuff, so at least one of us would be on time and my wife would pick up whatever we might need for our stay there
A bit of a downer was the fact that we had to use undried wood on the fire, since the dried wood had been used up due to mismanagement of the supply and uncooperative weather. A lot of smoke was the result, but the evening went by free of mosquitos!
As we drove home, he glanced at me sideways and said:"Sorry. I know I ruined the whole family sleepover."
And yes, I was quite disappointed. I had loved to spend the night in the wind shelter together with the girls. I was also disappointed, because he could not or would not bring himself to adapt. A teenage-thing perhaps. Yet on the other hand I was also pleased with the fact that he does stand up for himself, even when he knows he will disappoint someone, like his parents, and not be forced into doing something he really does not want to do. He showed stamina and a strong will. And that's a good thing in my books.
Ohh and Bee, in case you still wonder why my son never is in one of the pictures....
Here he is!