Getting back to the forest

Can you feel it? Can you sense the better weather coming? It is normally at this time of year that I start hankering to get back into the forest. There’s nothing better for relaxing than getting out amongst the trees and immersing yourself in nature. Where I live I have to travel for around 30 […]

Making a torch

Making a torch is an important skill. Making a good torch is even better. I saw the video below on the Survival Lilly YouTube channel. She is based in Austria and has a whole host of bushcraft and camping related videos on her channel. In this one, Lilly uses pine resin (naturally flammable) and other […]

Legends and Superstitions of the County of Durham

County Durham is an ancient place with a deep and rich history. So it is really not too surprising to find there are a number of legends and superstitions that date back centuries that relate to the area. Modern re-telling of these legends can often seem a little formulaic, so I was really interested when […]

The Ruwa incident of 1994

In September 1994, Friday the 16th started off like any other day for the students of Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe. By the end of the day, their lives would be changed forever. For those who have seen something in the sky that they cannot explain, a number of thoughts will go through their mind. […]

I can’t explain it. Can you?

Every so often in life, you experience something that you simply can’t explain. No matter how much you try to rationalise things, use scientific principles, there is no explanation. In the early part of 2018 I had one of those experiences. Let me make it very clear. The photograph above is a PHOTOSHOP representation of […]

Knowing when to turn back

We have had a little snow today here in the UK and as usual, the media have gone into a tailspin over it. However, when bad weather hits, knowing when to turn back is extremely important. I have only once ever set out on a journey and had to make the decision to turn back […]