29 Trust staff members car-shared down to Springwood on one of the hottest days of the year, eager to start their bush craft adventure. My first workshop of the day included a knots and lashes course, instructor Chris taught us how to tie a Sliphitch knot. The Sliphitch is a very versatile knot that allows you to string up a tarp in a variety of ways depending on the type of shelter needed.
My second workshop of the day was a medicinal herb walk led by Kev, a very experienced forager. Springwood is home to many common herbs and I look forward to teaching Myplace participants their uses. Interesting fact: any plant name ending in “wort” means that plant was considered to have worth in the past, e.g. woundwort has worth because it helps heal wounds. Kev kindly provided us with a refreshing drink of meadowsweet cordial, meadowsweet aids digestion, is a mild pain reliever and is absolutely delicious!
My highlight of the first day was the campfire cooking session with instructor Katie. It was the first time I had ever used a dutch oven and as a bonus, we used it to make cakes! We split into teams with a different recipe each, I was Team Treacle Pudding, we had to bake our puddings using our dutch oven as a bain-marie. Everyone’s puddings were delicious but the undisputed winner was the chocolate souffle.