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The joys of forest camping # 1

September 2, 2012

Whenever we go camping we usually end up somewhere where there are sticks – in fact whenever we go out sticks seem to feature quite strongly, but that’s probably something to do with Arlo being a stick fanatic – we can walk along almost any street and before too long Arlo will have found a stick. They usually end up in the washing machine, but that’s another story.

Forests are pretty good for sticks as you might imagine and Rendlesham Forest has an admirable selection of  sticks ranging from those that can be sharpened to use as daggers or swords to those which you can only just pick up and can be used to club things – including your friends. The noise is quite distinctive and not a little alarming.

While our culinary efforts when camping are sometimes fairly rudimentary (although I do like to have proper coffee from my espresso maker) stick fashioning is often very sophisticated and takes time and research.

You need a good knife which is very sharp (so that if you cut yourself the cut is clean, and if you slice your finger off it’ll be easier to put it back together, that’s what the beloved says anyway).

It helps if there’s a picnic bench to sit at, if sun is shining and if the company is convivial – and also if the mosquitoes aren’t too hungry.










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