Friday, May 7, 2010
Outdoor Skills Class - May 2010
While my postings have been scant over the last few weeks, my MooseBoots journey seems to accelerated a bit. May is filled with birthdays, anniversaries, bees arriving, more broiler chick arriving, duck enclosures to build, firewood work, and such. It doesn't look like it will slow down anytime soon either.
Tuesday, we attended our monthly outdoor skills class. It was the first in a set designed around making a birch bark container. Specifically, we dug up roots for sewing the bark. We needed to find small, straight, and fairly uninterrupted (no forks or branches) roots. There was something very soothing about the process. I found myself enjoying digging in the soil with my bare hands, feeling the earth, smelling the damp cover. Of course, any time in the woods is good time to me.
We also cut down a small pine tree that was doomed to a slow demise in the crowded forest. The intent was to sample some of the delectible inner bark. Alas, the crazy weather has put us a bit behind on the pine bark. Instead, we peeled the leathery bark off of the trunk and we shown how to fold it into containers. Each kid was given a piece of bark to work at home. My kids, as of today, have forgotten about their pieces, so I got to play. Although I have kept them wet, the cuts have gotten less pliable.
Like every new skill I learn, this has provided a real connection back to nature. I find such comfort and pleasure in simply participating in Nature. Most of us spend the bulk of our time outside of Nature. And, even when we are out, we have goals that get in the way - hike 5 miles, get to the top of the mountain, clear the brush on our property .... My MooseBoots journey has been showing me, very clearly lately, that this moment in time is unique and divine. My challenge, and yours, is to enjoy it, this precious instant in time.