Archive for March, 2009
In these modern days with our throwaway society. Cordage, whether it’s string, cord or rope is taken for granted. Not much thought is given to it. A piece of string is used and when its job is done it will probably be discarded. When a piece of string is needed again, a fresh piece is cut from the ball and so it goes on.
However, to produce a length of cordage in the field from natural fibres can take a significant amount of time. Especially if a long, thin strong length of cordage needs to be produced. There are two main methods of producing cordage, twisting and plaiting. Normally twisting is used to create an initial length of cordage. Then plaiting can be used with several of these twisted lengths to produce stronger, larger diameter cordage (cord or rope).
Spring is now well on its way. The sun has made an appearance, the sap is rising, buds are opening and birds have paired up and are busy nest building. So I thought it was an appropriate time to look at some of the wild foods that can be foraged from the fields, woods and hedgerows over the coming weeks.
There’s a race of men that don’t fit in,
A race that can’t stay still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and they rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain’s crest;
Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don’t know how to rest.
How to correctly strike a match! This seems like a case of teaching someone to suck eggs but, imagine just how important this could be to you. If you’re down to your last match and you desperately need to get that fire going. Not to be too melodramatic but “Your life could depend upon it”. Without the warmth of that fire, you’re going to spend a very cold night with no warm food inside you to boot. Worst case scenario = you’re not going to see next morning’s sunrise!
I’ve recently been sent a Primus Eta Express stove by Steve and John of Merlin Surplus and Survival ( www.merlinsas.co.uk ) for testing and evaluation in the field.
What follows are my personal views and findings of this small, powerful, self contained gas stove.
First things first. What’s in the box? Well, you get a one litre cook pot which has a heat exchanger system on the bottom (more about this later), a windshield, the burner in its own protective drawstring bag, a frying pan/lid and a net bag to pack everything in when the stove is being transported.