Ray to me is like the David Attenborough of survival. A fascinating man to watch and so much knowledge to be gained from him.
He's on UK TV documentary channel all day at the moment, and the +1 channel if you miss the one before.
My little girls, who are usualy a bit funny about seeing animals killed, were fascinated last night as they watched him skin, prepare and eat a deer.
By the end of it they were asking if they could do it one day lol.
Unfortunately here the deer are still the property of the Crown (ancient forest law) and to kill one would bring great hassle to me if caught, however
they could always try a rabbit sometime.
Funnily enough, me and my girls went out this afternoon into the woods for a walk. I had enough gear to look after us all if anything happened and
they wanted to make a shelter like Ray did last night on tv.
We were about half a mile into the woods and they had just seen a few friends and thier parents walk past, with nothing but the dog and that was it.
Within moments it poured from the heavens and we quickly knocked up a shelter with tarps, ponchos and trees.
Thier friends had long gone by then, but as we sat in our shelter, bone dry, eating steaming hot spagetti bolognese and all day breakfasts, sipping
from a cup of hot tea and keeping warm from a small fire made from the stuff around us, we could'nt help wondering what state thier friends were in,
having to walk at least a mile to the nearest car park or further to thier home.
My girls remembered some of the things they'd seen last night on Ray Mears Bushcraft and it was those little details that made things comfier for
those couple of hours in the woods during crap weather.
Hardly a survival situation i know, but as we were leaving, the rain came down hard and the gales started again. In that situation the cold can set in
too quick for comfort. We were warm enough to make it home warm, dry and with a hot meal in us, and if we had needed to stay there all night we could
have done. Better than someone who had gone out with nothing and no knowledge