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quince jam

Quince jam

Quince is a non-native tree in the rose family.  It’s related to apples and pears, in fact the fruits look a bit like an oversized pear.  It’s often grown for it’s attractive pink blossom but the fruits are not to be overlooked. Here’s a simple recipe for quince jam, a wonderful accompaniment to cheeses and […]


How to light a King Alfred's Cake | the whispering woods

How to light a King Alfred’s Cake

I wrote a post a few years ago about various fungi that can be used as a tinder, including King Alfred’s Cakes (Daldinia concentrica).  They get their name from the legend of King Alfred who, whilst in hiding from the Danes, let some cakes burn, and they do indeed have that appearance. Here in Kent […]


How to make hawthorn tincture

It’s mid May and the hawthorn is resplendent in full bloom and the hedgerow is ablaze with their beautiful flowers. Right now both the flowers and leaves are edible and the flowers especially are very tasty. In this video Gary talks about hawthorn in general and how to make hawthorn tincture in particular.  Watch the […]

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conifers | bushcraft | Kent

The beauty of conifers

Twenty odd years ago I was working as a consultant and spent a lot of time driving to and from various sites, and as I was driving along I would often ponder on different subjects.  On one particualr drive I found myself musing on what made a conifer a conifer.  What’s the difference between conifers […]