About

Art by Jennifer Lynch

Hi! Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. Here’s where I share about my home and garden projects, tried and true recipes, the rigors and rewards of gardening in this tough northern landscape, and safety tips about how to survive if lost in the woods.

In my part of the world, not only do outdoor enthusiasts risk an unexpected, dangerous night outdoors, but anyone can get ‘lost in the woods’ on a weekend road trip if their car breaks down beyond reliable wifi. People depend too much on their cars and cell phones, and not enough on developing some basic survival skills, in my humble opinion. Therefore, amidst the recipes, gardening, and home crafting tips, there will be the occasional post about bushcraft skills and backcountry camping trips.

Art by Val Stokes

Art by Val Stokes

Just so we’re clear… my kind of ‘bushcraft’ here is about starting a fire without a match, axe use and safety, shelter building, water purification, and foraging if needed. In my bushcraft posts there might be a drawing of how to skin a fish or make small animal traps, but there will never be butchery or hunting photos so have no fear. No graphic images on this site. There’s a place and a time but this isn’t it.

From my kitchen and yard, out to the backcountry, and back home again I will bring back my stories and share them here. And, just so you know, my mom named me Gina but for the last few years I enjoy being called by my wilderness warrior name: Inga! It’s a playful anagram and rather apt description of this tall camper who tends her own fire.

~Inga the Fire Tender~

 

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