We were greeted by weather warnings for high wind on our return from the Christmas break. High winds and thunder storms are typically the only two weather conditions that would warrant cancelling. The woodland on site is mixed but all relatively young though so by moving our base for the sessions to the edge of the woodland, where the smallest and youngest trees are, we were able to safely go ahead. Whilst the temperature wasn’t too low the wind had a real bite and was so high that by the end of the day it had started to tear the tarpaulin we put up as a wind break.
We’ve had a mix of single and double sessions this week. All students have been learning how to safely use fixed blade knives and we’ve been really impressed with how safely and how competently they have handled them. Students used knives to strip the bark from and sharpen sticks. Students with double sessions had the time to build a small fire and used their sticks to toast marshmallows. The other students will have the opportunity next week. Again, we were really impressed with how much students had remembered about safety issues around fire and how responsible they were.