We hosted a private birthday party of 8 year olds today, and as part of this I did a few bushcraft/awareness exercises with the kinds, ending with a demo of friction firelighting. This was optimistic because I'd never succeeded in getting past an ember before! However, today it worked and it was thrilling and freeing to produce a fire without modern technology.

It was a busy day: we had another party afterwards (two of our sons), we set up a Tipi with Tipi Dave, later eating our meal in the Tipi sitting in a circle on sheepskins around the fire.

For me, both events connected me with something primal, going underneath the refined civilised shell to a core that is a fully connected part of the natural world.

Photo album from some of day is here