Earth Day, Serfdom, Foraging & Tanuki

Humanity’s annual reminder that we live on – and with – Planet Earth. Earth Day was first proposed by activist John McConnell in 1969 and was introduced to the world in 1970. It’s a day filled with hope and hypocrisy, but it should be celebrated by all those who hold Mother Nature dear, not justContinue reading “Earth Day, Serfdom, Foraging & Tanuki”

Snow Camping WAY below zero in a Hammock – and how to build a campfire

Snow camping in a DD hammock at minus 20 in the Carpathian Mountains. Winter camping is amazing, and using a hammock is a challenge. With temperatures dropping to minus 20, and deep snow all around, heading off to the hills and forests to spend a night or two out in Nature means packing a fewContinue reading “Snow Camping WAY below zero in a Hammock – and how to build a campfire”

Scat Tracking & Sh1t Talking – Identifying animal faeces

Tracking animals can be difficult on many types of terrain. It’s not always like in the guidebooks. But tracking doesn’t just involve knowing the patterns left by hoof and paw – sometimes knowing the scat and dung left behind by an animal can be even more important.In this video I take you tracking red deer,Continue reading “Scat Tracking & Sh1t Talking – Identifying animal faeces”

Firewood from the Forest – Real Country Cottage Life in Eastern Europe

This is the reality of rural living, especially in such a remote area as the Carpathian Mountains of East Slovakia. Winter is fast approaching and it’s a last minute rush to get in as much wood as possible to provide heating during the cold months. Last Winter lasted much longer than expected – until May,Continue reading “Firewood from the Forest – Real Country Cottage Life in Eastern Europe”

Bushcraft Minimalism – outdoor adventure in the forest with the minimal kit

What are the essential basic items you need to ensure your survival in a forest environment? Excluding knowledge, skills and experience, there are a few simple bits of kit which can make your life much easier when out in the bush. While it’s tempting to invest in bagloads of expensive gear, bushcraft equipment can beContinue reading “Bushcraft Minimalism – outdoor adventure in the forest with the minimal kit”

Mushroom Picking – Experience Nature and Understand Who You Are

Back in the forests of the Carpathian Mountains of East Slovakia, this time looking for birch bolete and cep (porcini) mushrooms. After seeing the prices of cep (and we’re not going to even mention black or white truffles) in the Italian speaking Istria region of Croatia, and how much visitors are charged to spend aContinue reading “Mushroom Picking – Experience Nature and Understand Who You Are”

Experiences Over Possessions – life is for trying not buying

I was inspired to make this video after watching several excellent videos from the Youtuber Fearless and Far (https://www.youtube.com/c/MikeCorey). The expression he uses, “Experiences over possessions”, and his attitude towards life, travel and other cultures is in great contrast to the modern disposable commercial Weltanschauung pushed onto society. He also reminds me a lot ofContinue reading “Experiences Over Possessions – life is for trying not buying”

Self Analysis For Self Reliance – Know Thyself and Be Free

Back out in the bush after a long hiatus. In this video we look at the need to analyse what’s good and bad about our lives so that we can focus on what is truly important. Everyone has a dream, and everyone has a basic idea of what sort of life they’d like to beContinue reading “Self Analysis For Self Reliance – Know Thyself and Be Free”

Self Sufficiency – Some Harsh Truths

Want to live in a log cabin away from society and raise your own animals and vegetables? Want to escape the rat race and live free, wild and independent as our ancestors did? Dream about leaving your job in the city and moving to some idyllic country retreat surrounded by nature, where you can raiseContinue reading “Self Sufficiency – Some Harsh Truths”

How to fell a tree in the direction you want

Cutting down trees is always a risky business and best left to professional lumberjacks or tree surgeons. However, sometimes you just need to do it yourself. In this video I show how to easily fell a tree so that it lands in the direction you want it to – although trees often have a mindContinue reading “How to fell a tree in the direction you want”