Walk along the Suffolk Coast

So with a few days off and after a night hammock camping I took the dog along the beach from Walberswick to Dunwich along the Suffolk coast.

It was a beautiful day off shore wind and se was calm. Stopped half way along his behind the dunes and used the jet boil for a coffee break and just enjoyed being outdoors.

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Early December wild camp

I’m lucky enough to have use of a 2.5 acre piece of land that borders the river Waveney on the Norfolk Broads. So after finishing a set of busy night shift working for the Ambulance service I grabbed a few hours kip and then filled the car and headed of just up the road.
Initially I was camping with a friend and colleague who I completed the Fjällräven Classic with in Sweden in the summer but due to his boiler breaking down I was Billy no mates. But that didn’t really bother me as I was looking forward to a quite night on my own.
I had planned of cooking a roast leg of lamb in the Dutch oven but forgot to take it out of the freezer so whilst picking up my beer supply I picked up a lump of pork as well.
It’s much easier setting up without my young boys didn’t have to keep beckoning to their command so got the hammock and tarp set up and then got the cooking area done.
I built a fire reflector and hammered some sticks in to crest a hang for the Dutch oven over the fire.

So pork in the oven with some veg and time to have a beer and let it slowly cook.
I had brought my carving tools and a piece of green birch to try my first attempt at a Sami Pukko sheath. It didnt go to bad but later on when pinning it together I managed to split the end so had to cut it off.

The night was pretty cold and the temperature dropped below zero but I was really warm using a down sleeping bag as a quilt and the DD Hammocks under quilt on the hammock.
I had a good sleep fuelled by beer and lack of sleep from the previous night shifts I relit the fire and got breakfast on the go.

The great thing about using a Dutch oven is just flicking the lid over to cook on. I love using a Dutch oven although they are heavy they are so versatile.

Sitting there in the evening I was warm next to the fire and with a reindeer hide lent up against the fire deflector I had a nice place to sit and learn to carve this sheath.

Final finished piece.

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Day in the woods

So with a weekend off and weather not to bad it was time to take the boys out and have a day by the fire.

So with the car packed we headed to a piece of land we use for a day outside cooking, bushcraft and carving.
So with a fire kit we put our food on which was going to beef stew served with bannock and started having a go at carving our spoons.
We where using green wood so was a little easier for the boys to carve with. Ethan was using his new knife he got for his birthday. He got a opinel #7 which is a great first knife as the end is rounded and is lockable.

I had taken my carving kit so helped them remove the middle with the hook knife.
We cooked our stew and baked bannock on the lid of the Dutch oven.

Bannock is very easy to make just self raising flour, a little oil, salt and water to make a dough.

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Mushroom hunting

I am lucky to have been shown a few safe mushrooms to pick by my wife. My wife is Polish and in Poland it is very normal to go out picking wild mushrooms and utilising them into diet.
Mushrooms in Poland are normally either dried or pickled for storage.
Now I only pick what I know and if I’m not 100% sure I leave them.
I took a wander through an area I’ve seen a few cepps before and I was really surprised to find loads so I only picked what I needed.

I stopped with the dog and had a brew using the Swiss army stove and took the shrooms home and dried them in the dehydrator

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Turmat dehydrated food.
I came across these whilst taking part in the Fjällräven Classic in Sweden earlier this year. They where supplied by Fjällräven to all hikers and my first thought was the weight of each portion.
As they are dehydrated they weigh next to nothing compared to wet MRE meals.
I chose a mixture to take with me pulled pork, kebab stew, cod in curry sauce and salmon with pasta.
The kebab stew was a little spicy for me but the meat tasted just like donner.
Pulled pork was good but my two favourites where the two fish ones.
Once rehydrated they actually looked like fish and tasted like fish. The cod in curry sauce wasn’t really curry tasting but very good to eat.
Packs. Weigh 85g before rehydration and 450g when rehydrated and with 452kcal per 100g they are just what you need.

  1. To rehydrate open pack at the top and add boiling water to the fill line.
  2. Stir the water into the dry mix making sure you get everything wet then reseal bag.
  3. Wait 8 minutes.
  4. There is another tear line lower than the first used to open bag now tear along this which makes the bag shorter so you don’t need a massive long spoon to get to it all.

So I must say they where really good. Some people didn’t like them but I thought they where good.

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