Exploring The Great Outdoors

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We aim to bridge the gap between day to day life and the modern day wild. Offering advice, workshops and an insight into the secrets of the wild.

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ᏔᏆᏞᎠᎬᎡNᎬᏚᏚ ᎻᏌNᎢᎬᎡ. Who knows, maybe a hunter is using our shelter this year? It is hunting season now in northern Sweden. They manage their quotas for taking certain species and also reimburse farmers for livestock occasionally taken by predators and it seems to work. I hope in my life time we can re-introduce predators like bears and wolves that once roamed freely here (in the UK) to live back alongside us. After all, it was us who took the wolf in out of the cold and warmed them by the fire, creating a powerful duo that would shape the future of these lands. Our little witches hut that got us through our stay in the wilderness is still there, somewhere in the Arctic badlands, waiting for that lone wanderer to stop by. The cry of the wild in the wind.
ᎢᎡᎪᏟKᏆNᏩ. Weighing up our Arctic neighbours. A german hunter we spoke to in the nearest mining village said these were the biggest brown bear prints he'd ever seen (this photo was taken only a stone throw away from our camp!). The weight of the bear created this rear paw print as it made its way up an incline only moments earlier. Needless to say we continued to track with caution and the fire burned bright that night.
ᏔᏆᏞᎠᎬᎡNᎬᏚᏚ ᏟᎪᎷᏢ. This time last year I was lucky enough to be part of a small team of adventurers who silently paddled 200km inside the arctic circle to pitch our spirits against the wilderness. We set up our temporary home in a remote part of Lapland, Northern Sweden, building our own interpretation of a traditional saami shelter from locally felled trees and materials. We slept like babies next to the flames and wood smoke, amongst the brown bears, white tailed eagles and northern lights and we survived to tell the tale! Mother Nature is kinder than you think.
ᎢᎻᎬ ᎷᎪᏩᏆᏟ ᎾF ᏔᎪᎢᎬᎡ. Foraging for mushrooms in electric fairyland (Snowdonia).
ᏔᏆᏞᎠ ᏚᏔᏆᎷᎷᏆNᏩ Freedom is the greatest gift on Earth... so don't forget to play with it!
ᏩᏌᎪᎡᎠᏆᎪNᏚ ᎾF ᎢᎻᎬ ᏩᎡᎪᏚᏚᏞᎪNᎠᏚ There is no better way to play british bulldog then with a randy pack of bullocks.
FᏆᎬᏞᎠ ᎠᎡᎬᏚᏚᏆNᏩ- Preparing your own sustainable and ethically sourced harvest allows you to fully appreciate and study nature in a context which goes beyond the spectator, as the curiosity of the mind explores the anatomy and biology of the animal through each stage. A connection which until recently had almost been lost from the average modern day life.  And yet the experience leaves you with more respect for the animals life, and death, and allows you to fully utilise every part of the animal.
ᏔᎾᎾᎠ ᏢᏆᏩᎬᎾN. We recently supplied the Manchester International Festival with one hundred and thirty birds which were included in the apocalyptic end of the world feast designed by genius chef Mary Ellen McTague. Harvested sustainably and ethically from various locations during the winter months. These have been frozen in feather to preserve the freshness and flavour of the field.
FᏞY ᎪᏩᎪᎡᏆᏟ. Without these beautiful mushrooms there would be no Christmas as we know it. No decorations on the tree or presents under it, no flying reindeer and no white bearded man on a sleigh.  These are rough distortions of the saami culture, native people who still inhabit the area of lapland, which stretches across Finland, Sweden and Norway.
ᏔᏆᏞᎠᏞᏆFᎬ ᎢᎡᎪᏟKᏆNᏩ. A broken twig can tell a thousand tales, a nibbled one a million more.
ᎠᎾᏌᏩᏞᎪᏚ FᏆᎡ.  Great way to identify Douglas Fir out in the field is to look for the snakes tongue or mice feet dangling from the seed cone. Definitely the coolest cone in pine town. The fresh new needles can be used in loose leaf tea to add a citrus note or to infuse spirits (our favourite is a scotch whisky) to add a forest connection to your wild cocktails or infusions.
ᏟᎾᏴNᏌᎢᏚ & ᏟᎡᎪᏴ ᎪᏢᏢᏞᎬᏚ. A match made in heaven.