test

Wooplaw

Kids Kabin

Kids Kabin

Thursday 28th-Saturday 30th May 2015 – Another Kids Kabin camp in Wooplaw – looking back, I think this may be our 14th year visiting Wooplaw!  And every year we have many great camping experiences.  We also see the wood grow and change with new sculptures and natural wonders appearing all the time!  Most of this [...]

Feeling chilly?

First weekend in February and the bushcraft group are camping  – yes camping. Some on the ground and others in the trees – that’s their hierarchy – they look down on the ground dwellers. The parachute keeps in the heat from the fire and makes it almost comfy. Mind you a 5 season sleeping bag [...]

Tidying up

About a dozen people came out on a really mild but a bit damp day. We tidied round the paths removing eyepokers and made a few blown trees safe. Luckily they were dead and starting to rot so it hasn’t been too disastrous a winter (yet). The burn was cleared out and branches cut back [...]

Anyone seen a bridge anywhere?

Anyone seen a bridge anywhere?

Bit wet down at Axehead where the Allan Water is running a little high after the end of the drought. There’s a bridge in the middle of this pic. A bit of a problem though if you want to get to the bottom of the wood over it. At least its brought the level of [...]

The wee bridge

The wee bridge

Last month the Dry Stone Dykers came and fixed up some of the wall below the cabin and also the bridge where the water was backing up if anything got trapped in the pipe. Now there’s a nice deep gulley with some really big stones over it as a bridge. Plenty of room for a [...]

Swedish Candle

DaveD, our chairman, was camping at Wooplaw over the weekend so used a bit of the windblown sitka as firewood. Rather than chop it he made a Swedish Candle by chainsawing a cross down through it and lighting a wee fire on the top. It burns down through the middle and stays alight for hours. [...]

The rakes are made

On Sunday a wee group turned out to try their hand at making hay rakes for next month’s meadow cutting. The tines were made by hammering some dry birch though a round hole. The heads are ash and the handles some ash or hazel poles. We’ve made all the design faults so we can tell [...]

3 plots

3 plots

As part of the Plantlife survey the plants in 3 plots are counted. On Sunday they chose a wet grassland, drier meadow and some older woodland. Hopefully someone will remember where they are next year for the repeat. Maybe you can spot the dog rose.  

Donner und Blitzen (again)

Donner und Blitzen (again)

On Sunday 25th May I came to Wooplaw to help complete a Wildflower Counts Survey, this is part of a national survey of plants in the UK (see Plantlifes website for more info) On my arrival it was torrential rain with thunder, this seems to be a common theme and it is suggested perhaps this [...]

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Today somewhere among the mists a group of hardy people started our annual willow harvest. The weather had been fine recently and we’d even got the first pussy willows blossoming. In Edinburgh the willow trees were all covered so we’re a week or two behind.           I think everyone came back [...]