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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Passing a Knife Correctly

It's often the case that you will need to pass a knife to a friend, although in reality it's a good way to end a friendship! The old saying goes, break a knife break the friendship. But in practicality it's more simplistic than that, it's actually just about safe knife handling, once you've done it a few times it will become automatic for you.

start with the knife if the usual forehand grip

start to push the handle toward the recipient as the back of the blade moves towards the webbing between your thumb and finger

once you have done this there is one simple step that most people miss out - slightly rotate your wrist to the right turning the edge of the knife away from you and the other person, 

at this point the other person moves to take the knife gently grasping the handle, but NOT MOVING THE KNIFE JUST YET!! 
 It's at this point that most accidental cuts happen.

once the recipient has the knife they hold still, not moving their hand or turning the knife until the giver has completely moved their hand away 

only then is it safe to turn the knife into the forehand grip and get ready for use.

Sunday, 13 April 2014


This little plant, standing generally no more than about 8 inches high poses a bit of a dichotomy for us. In years past it was said to be of medicinal usage when used for kidney stones and problems with the urinary tract, however modern investigations lead us to believe that the plant has certain toxins that can be hazardous to of the most common little plants you'll find around but to be honest with good alternatives out there, this is one best left alone..

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Belfast Rivers Festival

There was a great little festival held in Belfast recently about the rivers that connect the city and a lot of outdoors people were there and there were some very talented people indeed

some traditional wood turning using pole laithes

some excellent shelters to keep the rain off

coracle building which was superb

traditional Irish boat building as well

and Davy working his magic! Unfortunately we didn't get any more pics as we were inundated and never even got a cup of tea!! A great Day out.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Awesome Amphibians

We went for a dander recently and found some interesting little animals..

Lots of frog spawn

a little froglet

and Northern Irelands only species of newt, the smooth newt..

In breeding colours.. apologies for the last pic being blurry but these animals are protected and we needed to get it back in the water couldn't hang around getting perfect pictures!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

New Mora Companion Hi Viz, special edition.

There's another new Mora coming out soon, a completely orange version of the companion, you shouldn't loose this one in the woods!!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Red Dead Nettle

This is a lovely little plant and one of the first blooming spring flowers. It's relatively common and although the name makes it sound like it's similar to stinging nettle, it really is quite different.

it's got lovely little pinky red flowers and purplish leaves and is often found along hedgerows and roadside banks.
It is edible at all stages of it's life though as with most wild flowers it has less of a bitter taste when young.

It's also sometimes called Red Archangel and the folklore behind this is that the Archangel Michael fought a war with the fallen angels and was cut by one of their lances, as his blood fell to earth this flower bloomed where it fell.. It's also good for staunching wounds and maybe this is why!!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Problems with LOWA Boots

I love my lowa's, well I used to. After the winter, when I normally wear Muck boots, I break out my Lowa's for the spring, but look what happened to them when I took them out of the cupboard

both boots had perished along the heel

and you can see by the tread that they haven't been worn that much!

I've heard of this happening before with other types of boots, but when you spend serious money on your footwear you expect them to last.. I wont be buying Lowa's again!