Dr John Hawkins
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- Heath with Chie and Erika
Trangia Gel Burners
Heath with Erika
Skies Over The Heath
Gavignet and Snowy Heath
Bit More Snow
Sunday on the Heath
As Always, The Heath
Yet Again The Heath
- Heath with Chie and Erika
- [Friday 19th February 2021]
Rounded off half term with another walk to the heath, this time with Chie also in tow.
- [Thursday 18th February 2021]
Headed to the heath late afternoon / early evening.
- Trangia Gel Burners
- [Wednesday 17th February 2021]
Received a couple of Trangia Gel Burners today (basically just little aluminium cans) which would hopefully let me cook with BCB Firedragon fuel in my Richard Outdoors Fire Trough.
- [Tuesday 16th February]
- Heath with Erika
- [Monday 15th February 2021]
Erika was on her half term holiday this week, so I took the afternoon off and we went for a walk to the heath, spurred on by Murray Mints and comparatively mild weather. Had a lovely time.
- Valentine's Day
- [Sunday 14th February 2021]
Chocolates for the girls.
- [Saturday 13th February 2021]
Like every other day, a walk to the heath.
- [Friday 12th February 2021]
Yet another walk to the heath.
- Skies Over The Heath
- [Thursday 11th February 2021]
Yet another late afternoon / early evening walk to the heath on another day with nice skies.
- Gavignet and Snowy Heath
- [Wednesday 10th February 2021]
Received some more Gavignet Nuits St Georges today. Went for a walk to the heath in the early evening which still had a dusting of snow on it.
- Bit More Snow
- [Tuesday 9th February 2021]
Can't recally now whether there was an additional flurry overnight or whether these were just the remnants from the day before.
- [Monday 8th February 2021]
A bit more snow today.
- Sunday on the Heath
- [Sunday 7th February 2021]
To the heath, as always, in the afternoon. Still some snow on the ground and quite chilly today. It was a bit too cold to sit at the barrow for more than a few minutes - the windy was quite icy - so I went and found shelter in the woods.
- [Saturday 6th February 2021]
Erika had her (virtual) Japanese school this morning, and I put in a couple of hours work to make up for having finished work early the day before. After that I had another go at sharpening my bushcraft knife, and ended up with cuts on two different fingers. Still not very happy with the edge on the knife though - it's really hard to sharpen a curved blade consistently. I think I've just about got it reasonably sharp on the straight bit nearest the handle, but the "belly" and the tip are proving very difficult to maintain the necessary angle.
Erika made "her" soup for lunch, although on this occasion it seems she assumed the role of executive chef, and other than slicing a bit of courgette I did all the actual worl.
You will no doubt be extremely surprised to learn I walked to the heath after lunch. I made several attempts to persuade Erika to come with me - with offers of Murray Mints, an item of confectionery we have reserved solely for country walks. She wasn't keen though - partly down to the weather, and partly after a week of school and then Japanese school on Saturday morning she just wants to have a rest by the time it gets to Saturday afternoon.
It wasn't particularly pleasant weather in fairness. It was already drizzling as I set out, and after I arrived on the heath the rain became a bit more pronounced, to the point at which I thought I ought to get under cover. I had brought along my cheapo poncho tarp thing, which I sometimes just use to sit on if the benches are wet, but it occurred to me I could take advantage of the opportunity to have a go at setting up a tarp shelter in one of the wooded bits of the heath. It wasn't particularly successful, I had temporarily forgotten how to tie a taut line hitch, but anyway it passed the time and allowed me to stay out a bit longer.
- As Always, The Heath
- [Friday 5th February 2021]
Guess what? Went to the heath this afternoon / evening. Sat at the barrow for a little while, then went to explore the woods a bit, climbed a tree, then went and sat back at the barrow again.
- Yet Again The Heath
- [Thursday 4th February 2021]
Once more unto the heath, because there's bugger all else to do at the moment.
- [Wednesday 3rd February 2021]
Just one picture of the sky this evening, seen from the garden.
- [Tuesday 2nd February 2021]
Felt utterly miserable today. Took some time out of work in the afternoon to go for an extended walk, and went to explore Hampstead Heath Extension. Later on in the evening as it was Setsubun we did the usual observances.
- [Monday 1st February 2021]
- [Sunday 31st January 2021]
Spent most of the daytime indoors, and had a walk in the gloom to the heath after it got dark.
- [Saturday 30th January 2021]
Various odds and ends. Received a parcel from Mum containing some old postcards from Vera. Also received another whetstone and had another go at sharpening my bushcraft knife.