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  • Good-bye 2015 … Hello 2016

    2015 is all but over already … we saw good times, bad times, stressful times and everything in between.

    I had some fantastic outdoor times in 2015 with some great folks that I’d met through YouTube.  I can’t wait to do many more camps with them in 2016.

    Watch this slide show of photos from over the last year (not too many of them I promise)

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    We’d also bought our first house in 2015 and made a big move from Cottenham (where we lived for 10 years) to Swindon.  It was a huge change for us, but all in all I think it was a good change.  It certainly put me closer to the places I wanted to be for my camps.

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    Our new house, but not our car

    Lisa also joined Scouts in 2015 and she’s been loving it.  First with the troop in Cottenham and then joined in immediately with 1st Stratton St Margaret right after the move.  The transition was pretty easy for her and she fit right in pretty much from the start.  I also got much more involved with Scouting myself first as an occasional adult helper in Cottenham and now I’ve started the process to become a Scout Leader.  More news on how that goes in 2016.  We’ve done several scout camps this year and had an awesome time at each and every one of them, and looking forward to many more in the years to come.

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    Lisa getting invested into 1st Stratton St Margaret Scout Troop.

    Emma has also moved from Brownies, which she really didn’t like.  She just didn’t get out of what she wanted.  She’s now in Cubs and will move to the same Scouts Troop with Lisa and myself sometime early in 2016 (once she’s about 10 1/2).

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    Emma getting invested into Cubs

    Work life also saw loads of change, some good, some not so good.  Certainly an increase in stress levels, that has not been fun at all.  But it pays the bills so for the time being I need to just accept it.

    So, what is planned for 2016?   Well who really knows haha I don’t have many plans for the new year but one thing is for certain, I plan to do a lot more camps and get out a lot more.  This includes going out alone more, with groups like the MTFU and Camp Shaky folks and of course camping more with the family (we have a new big tent that we need to use).  I’m also planning to do more training in bushcraft and primitive skills in 2016.

    I’ve already booked one course in Flint Knapping with Hands On Bushcraft and looking forward to that.  I’m also booking a full weekend (Thursday – Sunday) at the 2016 Wilderness Gathering.  Really looking forward to that.  We managed to get there for the day this year and the kids had a good time.  Lots to see and do, too much for one day.  So, next year we’re doing the entire weekend.   I also plan to attend more of the various weekend bushcrafty kind of things in 2016 and take the kids along as well.

    So, now I’ll close this post along with closing out 2015 and wish everyone a very happy new year and hope that 2016 brings so much awesomeness to everyone that they don’t know what to do with the excess.   For everyone I met in 2015 and spent time with, thanks for the great memories and can’t wait to make more in the new year.

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    The logo for my YouTube Channel

  • Emma is officially a cub

    Tonight Emma was finally made an official cub when she was invested and given her necker and group badges to get her started.  She was so happy to have it happen as well as its been a couple weeks late because the evenings were all running late.  When she swore her oath she was very loud and proud.  Well done Emma!!

    Tags: #Liveblog, cubs, 1stStrattonStMagaret
    November 20, 2015 at 01:50AM


  • Missing images …

    Posted on by rob

    Well, in hindsight, nuking my Flickr account had a big impact on the blog.  There are sooooo many broken posts now where images were linked to Flickr galleries.   Oh well, it’s not fixable at this point.  The images still all exist, just over at Google now.  Relinking them isn’t trivial at all.  I will slowly start to fix a few posts, but many have just too many pics to sort through and get right.

    I will try to go through some and add links to the Google Gallery so people can go browse the images that are mentioned in the posts though.

    A bit of a balls up really.  Oh well.  Such is life.


  • Long time no post…

    Posted on by rob

    It seems that my blog has been suffering neglect for quite some time … my last post was June 2014 – WOW. I’ve pretty much moved away from blogging to social networks and producing a bunch of videos on Youtube of things I’ve been up to.

    My videos can be here by CLICKING HERE.  Lots of outdoor stuff and more recently sewing videos for gear I’m learning to make.   A couple of the most recent videos.  Go and check out my channel, don’t forget to subscribe to find out when I post new videos.

    I hope I’ll be able to get more posts on here, however I find it much easier to communicate things going on via social media sites and better still through my YouTube videos, which I hope to get more and more videos up.  I just need some time to get out and do stuff LOL

    Anyhow, thanks for checking into the blog and I will try to keep updating it more than just once a year 🙁