Why Are We Here? Scary Theory 3 – Phobophages, Interdimensional Parasites (a contemporary allegory)

Sometimes it’s best not to ask why we are here, as there are many possible answers and some are just plain terrifying, soul destroying or depressing. In this video I explore quite a popular fringe (yet also ancient religious) belief which makes life just that little bit more terrifying, even after the constant bombardment ofContinue reading “Why Are We Here? Scary Theory 3 – Phobophages, Interdimensional Parasites (a contemporary allegory)”

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”

Why Are We Here? – 3 Scary and Strange Theories for Our Existence

Have you ever wondered what’s the point in existence? Were we created or did we evolve? Schools and churches give different opinions on the meaning of life, and we’re supposed to follow those ideas – or perhaps reject both and state that there is no point.BUT. What if the real reason for our existence wasContinue reading “Why Are We Here? – 3 Scary and Strange Theories for Our Existence”

Survival Shovels, Folding Shovels and Entrenching Tools

They dig. They defend. They chop. They saw – well, theoretically at least. They can even be used to open bottles. Survival shovels and entrenching tool have been a military staple for centuries now, whether for digging fox holes or for close quarter combat in trenches. For the survivalist, prepper, bushcrafter and outdoor person, theyContinue reading “Survival Shovels, Folding Shovels and Entrenching Tools”

WTF Weather, Climate Change & Lockdowns – what’s really going on?

Tornadoes, droughts, floods, fires, record freezes – don’t tell me you haven’t noticed that something really odd is going on. Then again, if you’ve been locked inside your home for the last year you may have missed it. But with the coming global food shortages you’ll definitely feel the effects of the multitude of weatherContinue reading “WTF Weather, Climate Change & Lockdowns – what’s really going on?”

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”

Dolphins in Croatia – watching Bottleneck Dolphins from my terrace in Cesarica, Karlobag

We don’t always get to see them. Last time we were in the next village and we didn’t, but the time before that we actually encountered them whilst kayaking out on the sea near Karlobag in Croatia. These are Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursops truncatus), and sadly there are only about 220 left in Croatian waters. SeeingContinue reading “Dolphins in Croatia – watching Bottleneck Dolphins from my terrace in Cesarica, Karlobag”

Building Walls and Levelling Hills – reconstructing a country cottage and garden

Major reconstruction at the village house. I’m quite a laissez faire sort of person, and I do like having a wild garden, but when functionality ceases to function it’s time to make some changes. In this case it was some quite major and expensive changes to the front of the property. We also had toContinue reading “Building Walls and Levelling Hills – reconstructing a country cottage and garden”

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”

Great White Stork eating a snake in my garden (actually a Slow Worm)

The biodiversity of the Slovak Carpathians is incredible. The Great White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is an annual visitor, and many villages even provide large nesting poles for them in order to prevent them nesting on chimneys. Because they are a protected species, these massive birds have no fear of humans and can often be quiteContinue reading “Great White Stork eating a snake in my garden (actually a Slow Worm)”