Micro adventure wild camping on a beach

Micro adventure wild camping on a beach.

I always say try to fit work around your life and not the other way around and with me working a shift pattern which is different to friends that enjoy the same mentality towards life and same interests it is rare that we get the time to catch up and head out for a micro adventure.

This night was one of those rare occasions when the planets where inline and we could do a Micro adventure wild camping on a beach.

So a late start we got the beach around 19:00 with a few dog walkers still about we assessed the area to find there was a bit of ground swell and the tide had been nearly up to the cliff so sleeping on the beach was a no go.

A little while later we had found a space within the bracken that we could setup our tents and get stuck into our micro adventure wild camping on a beach. Micro adventure wild camping on a beach

Micro adventure wild camping on a beach

Camping on the cliff

DD hammocks 3 x 3 tarp setup as a shelter.

I had planned to hammock camp but brought a sleep mat on the off chance I would be able to hang so used my 3×3 tarp to make a shelter to sleep in.

This setup is really versatile but does leave the opening at the front open to the weather.

I had thought about this the other day and quickly had a go at developing a door using my poncho which worked really well so I am happy to use this setup whilst walking the lakes later in the year.

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Mosquito Repellant https://sjohav.se

 

 

 

I thought I would take this opportunity to try a product I was sent from a company in Sweden called Sjö och Hav that produces eco friendly products such as mosquito repellent, soaps and shampoos that are perfect for use in an outdoor environment actually in any environment as they are all biodegradable.

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The mosquito repellent was nice smelling, not oily like some of the ones with a high percentage of deet and felt really refreshing to put on.

That’s all ok but the main thing is do they stop those devil worshiping blood sucking, tiny, flying insects.

I always get bitten nothing has really stopped me getting bitten but that night I was bite free and considering I was sleeping in an open shelter I think it done a great job.

So hats of to Sjö och Hav tack så myket it works!

Their items can brought online although website is in Swedish it can be translated through Google.

Steak dinner

With shelters setup our Micro adventure wild camping on a beach was in full flow,  it was time for a beer and get a fire built.

Using a traditional flint and steel striker, charcloth and birch bark it wasn’t long before the steaks where on the go (apart from mine that got dropped in the sand).

I can deal with a bit of grit but pebbles are a different story.

Fed and watered well the beers start flowing we are discussing lightweight options and realise that the weight we where carrying was down to the amount of beer we where carrying.

About midnight we hit the hay and I was very comfy on my Expedition downlite.

Next Morning.

At about 04:00 I woke up and looked out the shelter to see someone walking along the beach.  I thought he’s keen, got up for a wee and realised it was my Kiwi counterpart so I decided time to get up.

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Sun rising over the North Sea. Eagle Products 75cl Camp Kettle.

It was an amazing sunrise, the fire didn’t need relighting just a helpful push to reignite and coffee was on and then the bacon.

Lol still trying to move the tree with his Jedi powers.

Once we where fed I had a quick dip in the sea and started to pack up.

The only downfall with using a tarp like this for shelter is the fact that it condensates dramatically as there is little top ventilation which has me thinking do I need a tarp tent?

But then that’s more kit! The idea is to carry the correct kit to be able to hammock camp and floor camp if needed. I had taken under blanket and quilt for hammock so slept in them.

Ideal setup would be…

  • Hammock
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleep mat
  • Light weight Tarp

With this setup I can cover both tree dwelling and floor dwelling if the need arises but having to put up with a wet tarp in the morning.

By 07:00 we where packed up and heading back before people started walking along the beach.

It is such a shame that we have to resort to stealth camping in the UK we left no mess, looked like we hadn’t been there at all and took what we brought in but this is how it is.

If you like your micro adventures then try this Micro adventure wild camping on a beach

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Time lapse of sunrise.

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Dutch oven Bobotie

Dutch oven

Bobotie is a very old South African dish with probable origins in Indonesia or Malaysia. The name derives from the Indonesian “bobotok,” and the dish was likely adapted by Dutch traders and brought back to the region around Cape Town.

Somewhat of a national dish, every South African cook has his or her own favorite version, some very simple, others quite elaborate.

Frontier stove
Bobotie cooked in a dutch oven on the frontier stove.

Bobotie is a very simple dish to make in a Dutch oven over an open fire or as I have done utilizing my Frontier stove from anevay.co.uk

Please have a look at my post on stove reviews.

The great thing about this dish is that it is really just a one pot dish (apart from preparation).

INGREDIENTS

Oil — 2 or 3 tablespoons

Onions, thinly sliced — 2

Ground beef — 2 pounds

White bread, crust removed and cut into cubes — 2 or 3 slices

Milk — 1 cup

Vinegar or lemon juice — 1/4 cup

Raisins — 1/2 cup

Sugar — 2 tablespoons

Curry powder — 1 or 2 tablespoons

Turmeric — 1 teaspoons

Salt and pepper — to season

Bay leaves — 5

Eggs, beaten — 2

Dutch oven on the frontier stove

METHOD

Heat the oil in the Dutch oven over medium heat ( a flat bottomed Dutch oven is best but I have a three footed Dutch oven and to get the heat I remove the metal plate to get more heat into the Dutch oven.

Add the onions and saute until translucent and just starting to brown. Add the minced lamb and break it up while sauteing until cooked through and crumbly.

Remove from heat, drain off and discard any excess fat.

Put the bread and milk in a bowl and soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the bread and squeeze it dry, adding the squeezed milk back into the soaking bowl.

Add the soaked bread, vinegar or lemon juice, raisins, sugar, curry powder, turmeric, salt and pepper to the bowl with the cooked meat and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings.

The meat should have a pleasantly sweet-sour flavor.

Pour the meat mixture back into the Dutch oven and smooth out the top. Lay the bay leaves over the meat in a decorative pattern and press down lightly to make them stick.

Dutch oven cooking over a fire

Place the dutch oven back onto the frontier stove or over the fire and place the lid onto the Dutch oven and add some coals onto the lid.

Beat the eggs with the reserved bread-soaking milk. After the meat has baked for 30 minutes, pour the egg-milk mixture over the top of the meat and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until the custard is set.

This recipe is best served with yellow rice.

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Breakfast flatbread

Breakfast flatbread: Quick little recipe this is a variation to Bannock.

Bannock has been cooked over flames for many generations and still today.  Breakfast Flatbreads are easy to make and really filling.

The original bannocks were heavy, flat cakes of unleavened barley or oatmeal dough formed into a round or oval shape, then cooked on a griddle (or girdle in Scots). In Scotland, before the 19th century, bannocks were cooked on a bannock stane (Scots for stone), a large, flat, rounded piece of sandstone, placed directly onto a fire, used as a cooking surface.  Most modern bannocks are made with baking powder or baking soda as a leavening agent, giving them a light and airy texture.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of self raising flour and a pinch of salt.
  • 2 rashers of bacon
  • Beef dripping or oil.

Add salt to flour I do this previously to heading out, scrape about a spoonful of dripping into mix.

Pour in a little water and knead in the bag.

Remove from bag and flatten out in hands and place rashers of bacon on the middle and fold edges over to envelope the bacon.

Place in hot pan or skillet and cook on a medium heat until well done.

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Coffee and Bacon

Bacon cooking over open fire.
Simple method do cooking bacon over an open fire..

Quick morning out along the river with the chance to hang some bacon and have a brew after clearing a load of brambles on the land.

Lovely spring morning was warm enough to see a grass snake bathing in the sun.

Cleared a good section of brambles to clear the 3rd marsh then time to use the primitive fire kit, make a fire, release the bacon and have a brew.

Primitive fire lighting kit

My fire lighting kit consists of a steel striker, flint, Birch bark, char cloth and a piece of fat wood.

Cooking like this is fairly simple just a stick above the fire and slowly allow bacon to cook over fire whilst heating water in the fire.

Whittling.  Had a chance to find a piece of green willow to have a go a whittling a coffee measuring spoon for my next project which will be a leather ground coffee bag. I’m just waiting for items to be delivered before I start this project.

The whittling knife and spoon knives are hand made from a guy I found on Facebook and I’ve been trying to find his details but I can’t find them to tag him but the are wonderful items.

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The Beast From The East.

We where told be the media and the met office that we would get snow but no one really believed that we would be hit has hard as what we where.

We just can’t cope with more than a cups worth of snow in the uk. The first day we had a little then second it really came down and on the back of the beast from the East was storm Emma that really helped put East Anglia out of action.

Snow was drifting and blocking roads, cutting off small communities and making hard work for the emergency services.

I finally found a day to head out and enjoy the white stuff covering the ground. I love the snow and the cold weather, I would love to live up North where proper winters stay for the whole winter.

So after offering two of my three days off to help at work as people couldn’t get into work to crew ambulances I decided to head out for the day with the hound.

I’d planned a 8km circular hike where I could stop off in some woods to have lunch.

I have cold weather gear but neve really needed to use it in the UK but today I decided to break out the Swedish Army Surplus cold weather mittens. I’ve had these for a while and I used to have a pair I used for snowboarding years ago so decided to give these ago.

These a not a light weight pair of mittens but they work well to keep the inner mittens dry and warm from the wind. With a good length they go half way up lower arm and have cord on them that goes around your wrists to secure them when you have to take them off to use your hands.

Anyway…

I had my day pack packed with my usual bits and headed off with my sticks through the snow.

Lunch was planned to be the left overs from last nights Barszcz (beetroot soup with wild mushroom ravioli).

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Now I was going to light my stove using a ferro rod but I had misplaced it so had to go old school and use a piece of flint and a steel striker I really was hoping this wouldn’t fail.

I was pretty impressed managed to get a coal in the char cloth first time and managed to get a flame in the Birch bark tinder easily.

Stove is a generic Chinese wood gas stove that I have really come to love as it packs down small and is really efficient but the only downfall is the need to keep topping it up with fuel regularly.

It was so quiet and peaceful no one was about. I collected some more Birch bark to replace the tinder I had used and sat and had my soup.

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Out of the two stoves I’ve been using recently I would say this I prefer as it is so efficient but the little bush box is really compact.

Within a day the snow had gone and I thought I would need to wait until this Christmas before I see it again when I plan to head up to Northern Sweden for a week.

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