Plenty of bush tucker even in winter

Here is Sari cleaning and preparing some of the bush tucker we collected during the native foods identification weekend just gone. Of course there is more (and better) foods during the summer but we gathered more than the class thought we would, some by the seaside and some in the rivers and bush.

With some damper on a stick we rounded out the meal and all had a great time.   

 Winter can be a trying time

Our latest survival training camp was a huge success even though we had to leave early due to fierce weather. Note - never trust weather forcasts.

Even though it started raining on the first night, those of the participants who chose to build natural shelters stayed warm and dry, but those who slept by the fire got a little wet. With many giggles and fits of laughter during the night, we didn't get a lot of sleep but it was a great learning experience.

Too wet to do much foraging on the second day, we nevertheless found some delicious sawgrass shoots to cook, and checked out and tasted some of the other local food plants. After a meal of fried canned ham and two minute noodles (yeh, not exactly native foods), that tasted SOOOOOO good while we were wet and hungry, we talked a little and discussed a few survival related topics.

Later that afternoon we retired back to Casterton for a meal of fish and chips and a beer at the pub. Even though it was two days instead of three, everyone had a good time and learned a lot. Most of the participants want to come back in the summer and try out some of our delicious summer native foods. 

 

Pics

Top- Our little group learning to make a fire in the wet

Bottom - One of the bush debris shelters, warm and cozy

Jan 2011

The participants had to whittle their own eating utensils if they wanted to eat. Here is Rochelle carving a fork. Some of the others took the easy way out and made chopsticks.  The plastic bags in the photo were used to practice gathering water (and later, food).

 

 

 

 

Resting after spending a few hours shelter building. 

 

A few of the summer foods we collected on our Feb native food ID course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel and Johnnie catching yabbies. They were small but tasted great on the campfire later. 

 
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