As a family we tend not to do “sitting around” type holidays and so seem to have formed a habit of using our down time as CPD opportunity. And so we attended the 2012 Bushmoot in south Wales for the second year running.
The Bushmoot is the annual gathering organised by the Bushcraft UK forum, online home to a wealth of knowledge, advice and banter on all aspects of bushcraft.
The Bushcraft UK Bushmoot was conceived to provide an organised individual and family event where people with an interest in bushcraft could gather with like minded individuals and expand their knowledge through mutual skill sharing.
As a visitor to the last three Wilderness gatherings, the difference between the two events is readily apparent. The gathering is much more of a trade show and while there are ample opportunities to attend workshops and expand ones knowledge, it is quite crowded throughout the site and feels more like a festival.
The activities at the Bushmoot are delivered by volunteers and BushcraftUK moderators on a wide verity of subjects. Following a year of Bushcraft learning it only seemed fair that I take on most of the childcare and let Lisa attend as many of the workshops as she wanted to.
We managed to get down to the coast after a long walk through the beautiful dunes resplendent with wild flowers, tart sea buckthorn and sweet dewberries. There was even a marsh samphire and sea purslane forage on the way back via the estuary.
Yet again I took the opportunity to hang around and watch Dave Budd forging tools on a small ground forge. It is easy to see why the blacksmith’s workshop might have been the focus for gathering in years gone by as conversation ranged far and wide. Dave has a wonderful perspective on the making of all sorts of items, not least the place of the full tang handle in modern bushcraft knives which he considers to be more a result of fashion rather than practicality.
The crowning glory of the week was the hangi and pot share. At the prompting of my daughter, committed vegan, desperate to “smell the disgustingness” ??? of the dead sheep, we decided to attend and bring along some food. In typical overachieving-Lisa style, we took a mixed vegetable tagine, couscous, leek and potato soup and a chocolate cake made in the Dutch oven.
The event itself was very pleasant with everyone sampling different food on offer. All of our food was eaten with many people coming back looking for seconds. There were even other vegetarians and individuals with dairy intolerance who were able, at last, to eat something.
Next year… I think it is probably time to switch sides and deliver some sessions or maybe offer provision for the children or…. but then it is supposed to be a holiday.