"Logs to burn, logs to burn,
Logs to save the coal a turn.
Here's a word to make you wise,
When you hear the woodman's cries.
Beechwood fires are bright and clear,
If the logs are kept a year.
Chestnut’s only good they say,
If for logs ’tis laid away.
Make a fire of elder tree,
Death within your house will be.
But ash new or ash old,
Is fit for a queen with crown of gold.
Birch and fir logs burn too fast,
Blaze bright and do not last.
It is by the Irish said,
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E’en the very flames are cold.
But ash green or ash brown,
Is fit for a queen with golden crown.
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke.
Apple wood will scent your room,
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom.
Oaken logs, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter’s cold.
But ash wet or ash dry,
A king shall warm his slippers by." A classic bushcraft poem, almost a hundred years old. It wasn't actually written by a woodsman, but by a chap called Honor Goodhart during the British coal strike of 1926, and altered to this version a few years later by Lady Celia Congreve. The first place I saw it was in a Ray Mears book when I was a kid.
It's essential to know the useful species of trees when you're out on the land, not just to save energy building a decent fire but for food, natural medicine, and navigation too.
Photo is from a few months ago, a small group of us cooked stew in our billy cans over a birch and chestnut fire. A simple tripod lashed together at each end of the fire was stable enough to suspend the four pots on a stout green stick.
That’s what December is all about, right?
The cozy little lamps, stars and bright candles.
Morocco in December has all that, but they have it all year around!
Today, Lucia, is for me a day of atmospheric mood and choir music. 🌟
Whether you are like me (against Christmas) or not, the lights and coziness will brighten up these dark days.
Are you in Gothenburg with no plans today ? Bring out all your lights, pimp your bike and join @llamalloyd for a night ride full of lights!
More info @llamalloyd
MASSIVE GIVEAWAY: Check out the massive giveaway arranged by @offthegridguide - almost 4 000 USD worth of great outdoor equipment provided by about 30 suppliers. We provide an ORIGINAL campfire kettle from EAGLE Products. Find the post at @offthegridguide showing this picture to participate!
The final 300 kms of the Osh-Bishkek road leads over two 3100+ meter passes and along the Susamyr plateau at 2500 meters. This was some of the hardest cycling of the entire trip with icy roads, endless uphills and tempertures below - 15 celcius. After a mental downhill in towards Bishkek (2.3 km decrease in altitude) the final 40kms threw horrific muddy roads under construction and a thick smog limiting visibitilty to less than 100 meters. Nobody said it would be easy though, right?
We're going to stay in Bishkek for Christmas and New Years before continuing our journey in January by flying to India for some warmer climates and a change in cousine!