Sorry i started on my hippy rant there didnt i ?.....atm23 goes back to his naughty corner
you took mushrooms, read the Express and then went for a walk?
Well the lake that river runs into has been packed full of geese and swans for at least 40 years - in fact longer because my grandfather knows it. Within the last 5 years they've vanished. You get a family of 9 or 10 and within a couple of months they're down to one surviving. Now my explanation is human interference. What's yours?
Am I being too politically incorrect?
Incidentally my politics are more baader-meinhof anarchist than daily express.
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i've there is a shortage of geese/ducks/swans and other water foul in Pooland and they have now set up a network of kiosks all over the uk called 'polski skleps' where you can exchange ducks for zloty
Some interesting discourse in here - I've used a catapult, will most likely get a rifle or shotgun soon, but that's not a priority - it'd just be a lot cooler to hunt my own meat - a new set of skills is always a good thing.
Pheasants - sneak up on them in a certain way, without looking at the directly(using your peripheral vision), and back them into a corner...wasn't possible when I tried in springtime as usually their mate was nearby (had a few females fly out of the bushes when I'd almost got the male, so I stopped as it was evident that the male would really be needed for getting the food for his new family).
I will look for this Sampire.
Ismene - why should I leave the countryside as it is? As long as I don't rape it of what it gives, and make sure that I cut plants in a way that they will continue to grow (like the perpetual spinach and wild garlic to name a couple of my faves), then not going to the supermarket or local shop to buy all my food is surely a sensible idea to reduce living costs?!?
After all, this country is ours, and if we all did it, whilst also growing our own few bits and pieces - this world would be a lot better; we'd all be a lot healthier and more resilient; and we would know a lot more about our country than we do (this is a society where everything has to be now, people aren't raised to cultivate patience, and most people know nothing about the environment just outside their doorstep).
Also - when I was living in Peterborough I heard about the Polish eating swans - but this happened when a lot of people lost their homes and had to live by the river - I think this is fair enough - they're resourceful, unlike most English tramps I've met who are beggars.
regarding the plums - I forgot plums!! VERY good year for plums indeed!! And the cherries have been OK, although I always find cherries to be gone pretty quickly as the birds fucking LOVE em.
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i guess my question would be, which has a greater environemental impact: picking bits and bobs that grow naturally, or clearing an area entirely, killing many flora and fauna in the process, to use to grow food, no organic or not? surely it has to be the latter, so surely mindful foraging is better for the environment than any other way of eating?
i'm vegetarian but unfortunately buy most of my food in morrissons, so even if grown in a sustainable manner close to home, which i doubt, has been transported to and from centralised delivery places. i buy in the market when possible but have no idea of the provenance of the food.
I go rabbit shooting every other weekend, last weekend my mum and her friend shot 40! Don't worry, there is loads of rabbits where we go, don't even make a dent on the population! Some times I prepare one and eat it, I have to say it's not one of my favourite meats, we feed our birds of prey with the rest of them
I've some truly c*ntish friends who have been shooting wild rabbits for over 10 years now.
Even with their experience they seem to cause alot of injuries and rarely pull off humane kills.
A proper gun is what's needed for killing.
You need a rifle really and don't take the shot until you know you can hit it in the head!
One should congratulate anyone who kills/eats a swan anyway.
Double points for cormorants.
Ummm, everyone who says an irgun is less than capable is chatting shit! Its the person shooting! Shoot within ur range, 9/10 times dont go for the head uness its facing you, dobt shoot its jaw off or owt! Go for a heart shot! A proper set up gives v accurate results. Its the person shooting tgat makes an anumal suffer! You wouldnt chance at a deer n blow its leg off! Even vermin deserve to be killed humanly!
This is supposed to be about foraging not hunting, you banjo-playing, daughter-raping hicks!
Now back on topic please. Ta very much.
Wouldn't it be less hassle for the dude just to raid the bins behind his local Tesco?
I know a man who lived for two months on stuff he foraged and shot and then ran one of those crazy fucking marathons where you do a marathon, but like, you've just swam two marathons and cycled about six. Anyway, my respect goes out to him. Poor cunt.
Well, I lived out in the woods for 7 months, and got better at identifying mushrooms, making various kinds of traps, skinning rabbits/plucking pheasants etc...
I didn't pick many more fruits, or plants than before though...So now I will make more efforts to learn what's good to pick around the local area.
why's jblazingphoenix an ex-bluelighter now? Has he gone properly native?
no he's turned into someone else.
b1t0'roughjack...do you like psytrance and gettin yer cock out?
You know it bad boy...not so keen on the old psy trance, mind
I will pick this thread back up in the spring. When I can offer more, and hopefully others can be less fucking objectionable.
yeh bit of a dead time for foraging now, there is stuff, but few and far between...shellfish, and if you know the right spots some very big bass about very close to shore for next few weeks, by very close I mean within 10 feet or so.
Down your end of the Channel should be some codling, but you not really a fishing man are you.
Wild garlic all over the place now! Lovely tender new leaves