The weather doesn’t know what to do with itself recently, temperatures have been bouncing around the low positives melting all the beautiful snow. Nooo, fingers crossed for a decent snowfall soon, I’m itching to try out the old wooden forest skis.This week we visited Vapriikki Museum, had our safety passport exam, learnt some more about plants, had a big group meal, did some planning for the winter guiding task and went foraging for mushrooms and traditional fire starters. But first I want to tell you a story all about how an elderly lady named Carmen from the Costa Del Sol brightened up my Saturday.
Over the past 2 weeks we had our first identification test, learnt all about food hygiene, hosted the yearly IWG meeting, joined an elk hunt, learnt how to sharpen our knives and axes, learnt the basics of snowmobile maintenance, had our night orienteering test and learnt some new knots. OH, and had the first proper snowfall for the year! Ohhhh yeaaah.
On Wednesday we had an identification test on berries, mushrooms, polypore, mosses, lichens and tree species. Before the course started several months ago, other than a few tree species and several mushrooms, my fauna knowledge was patchy to say the least. Over the previous months we’ve gradually learnt a selection of species from discussions with teachers and classmates whilst out mushroom picking or on expeditions. That said, there were around 150 species that we needed to learn for the test, and the previous week was spent revising at every available opportunity to try to remember them.