Category Archive: thrive

An Almost Perfect Summer’s Day

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Yesterday was one of those days that really makes me appreciate my lifestyle choices. It was scorching hot, about 35 degrees Centigrade, and I’m in my country house. I spent the morning doing some finishing work on one of my hide paintings I’m currently working on, then moved into the garden to saw, sand and […]

Wild Boar Hide Paintings

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I’ve just completed two paintings that I’ve been wanting to try my hand at for a very long time – hide art. The paintings are done in acrylic on wild boar hide strung onto ash wood frames. The process of fetching the wood from the forest, carrying it home, debarking it, drying it, painting the […]

I was wrong about the thaw…

reddeersnow

Ok, so I was wrong about it being the end of Winter. The temperature does climb a little above zero during the day (3 degrees centigrade feels tropical) but then it plummets to minus 10 at night, which means that everything that’s melt becomes ice. Walking is a nightmare as the ground, pavement and roads […]

Bushcraft Magazine Summer Issue

bushcraft magazine summer

I’d completely forgotten to post this – Bushcraft Magazine‘s Summer Issue features a couple of pieces by me. There’s a how-to-make a Valaska, a Carpathian shepherd’s walking axe, and another true forest horror story. Order a copy or, better yet, subscribe for a year’s worth. It’s the best magazine on the subject out there.

Back in the Bush for the Rut

carpathian red deer herd

It always takes me a while to re-adjust to living in the “back of beyond” (as my friend Dominic calls it) after returning from the UK. The best way, I find, is to spend as much time at the house as possible and go out every day into the forest, or for long country walks, […]

Carpathian hill forest meadow

carpathian meadow

After a bout of moaning, winging and complaining that I always cut her head off in photos when she models clothes for me, I decided to give my long-enduring wife her own blog post. This is a beautiful meadow we chanced upon by accident in the hills outside the village after unsuccessfully hunting for mushroom […]

Batik added to my clothing collection

batik clothes drying on line

I’ve now added Batik to my clothing line – dyed natural fabrics and textiles. It’s quite a fun process and there’s an element of surprise to how it turns out. Each item is utterly unique. You can check out the line here –Batik design clothing Keep coming back as I’ll be adding more and expanding […]

While I was away…

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Knowing that we’d be away for a week or two, I set the gamecam up in my favourite spot – one which gets no human visitation due to its inaccessibility. Once we’re back at the house for a longer period I’ll move it to higher ground and try and get some big predators. There was […]

Make hay while the boar roam

boar carpathian forest

After a stressful and very busy week with all the kids away at various times in different countries visiting capital cities on school trips, and a lengthy drive into Poland to get some diagnostics done on my Vlochka, my Discovery, we only managed to squeeze one night in at the house. Thankfully, the weather was […]

Birds and bear scat

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My favourite day of the week is probably Sunday because it means I can sit in my garden and just listen to birdsong without having constant background noise from chainsaws, circular saws, trimmers and other equipment as there is a no-noise policy here one day per week. We have an extremely wide range of wildlife […]

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