December 2011

A Pair of Perennial Edibles

by Paul Kirtley

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The word perennial derives from the Latin per (meaning throughout) and annus (meaning year), and applied to plants indicates species that persist from one year to the next. This doesn’t necessarily mean, though, that the above-ground parts of the plants persist throughout the winter. For example, a Daffodil is a perennial that survives from one […] Read more...

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Post image for Venus and The Moon: Direction from The Heavens

I was a child in the era of Voyager spacecraft, Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’ TV series and the first Space Shuttle missions. As a result I’ve been interested in stars, planets and their motion for as long as I can remember. Later I read of Polynesian navigators using their knowledge of the heavens to guide their […] Read more...

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Post image for Holiday Hiking in the Howgills

In the course of teaching and practicing bushcraft, I spend a lot of time in woodland and forests. As a Mountain Leader as well as a Bushcraft Instructor, I do like to get out onto the open hills too. There’s a sense of freedom that comes from striding along grassy ridges, being cleansed by the […] Read more...

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Post image for Lenticular Clouds: An Unusual Sight for The Pennines

One of the things I love about going for a walk and observing nature as I go, is that I’m never sure what I’m going to see. I’m often delighted to a see a bird of prey hunting, an unusual insect or a rare plant. Today, however, my interest was piqued by an altogether different […] Read more...

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Tarp tipi on a Frontier Bushcraft bushcraft course.

A large tarp creates a fantastic communal space while camping in the woods. It’s quick and easy to erect. A mainstay of many bushcraft camping outfits, a tarp provides shelter from rain and space to work in. You can have a fire underneath a tarp with which you can warm up, dry off your clothes […] Read more...

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