As I’m sat here thinking about how to start this blog it dawned on me that I may need to give a bit of insight into what a lavvu is and then move on to why its on the farm .
The lavvu in this instance refers to the polish military tipi tent what was once used by soldiers as a quick shelter and a poncho to keep them warm and dry, each soldier had one half of the tipi and one set of poles and when put together with another soldiers half you had a full tipi tent. They come in three sizes, small (size 1), Medium (size 2) and Large (size 3). They were made from heavy canvas material so not exactly ideal for backpacking but all the same they do stand up to some horrendous weather. Over the years this military surplus tent has gained cult status and its becoming very difficult to source them now and when you do expect to pay a top price for them especially the large ones (size 3).
With this in mind Lavvu on the Farm was born, the reasoning behind it was to bring as many people as possible who love the lava and those who are involved in bushcraft and those who love both together, to meet up, share stories, backgrounds, skills and to encourage the new people who are just finding their way in to bushcraft to learn new things but as well as this it was to socialise, build confidence, to raise money for charity and most of all get outdoors after a long 20 months of lockdowns and restrictions.
Lavvu on the Farm was held at Inglenook Farm , St Helens NW England 19th-21st November 2021, it was a bit of a drive up from South Wales but I didn’t mind that as I enjoy driving as it turned out what with roadworks, accidents and having to go back home after an hour in an emergency the journey took 6 hours and I arrived in the very dark which was no fun trying to put the tent up in. Once tent was up and my belongings out of thecae I headed over to the very large tipi tent where the evenings entertainment was already in full swing. I managed to find Hannah (Foley) and we headed to the bar for some refreshments, as the night drew in we headed to the communal fire pit where we all kept toasty and warm, I then retired to my lava, had some snacks and drifted off to sleep ready for the skill shares the following day.
On the Saturday I began with a small breakfast and just chilled out, the event was laid back and it was nice to sit and relax and take time. The skill share sessions were being held between 11am -3pm, the skill sharers and stalls were busy putting up gazebos and getting themselves ready. I had a wander around once the time came, there were demonstrations of various ways to light fires, tanning deer hide, someone selling his autograph and stalls of meats, pastries and beautiful items made out of wood. Every skills sharer was busy, they had a steady flow of individuals watching and learning.
As ambassador for Nearly Wild Camping Club i enjoyed chatting to people about how the club is run, what they can expect from their membership and why i believe for some individuals the club is ideal, maybe those who lack confidence, slef esteem, or physical or mental health barriers to getting outdoors.
For me it was a big step to travel all that way on my own, i had been shielding for over 18 months and still in a semi shielding situation so it was great to be able to see real people and chat to them face to face instead of zoom or teams calls. One thing covid has taught me is we are not guaranteed a tomorrow we have to live for today and its important we do the things we love to do .
Lavvu on the Farm was a small intimate event and it can only grow, its the grassroots events like this that are more important than larger scale profit making events as it is where people find their passion, where they make friends and those belly ache laughs around the camp fire are what really matters.
Im already looking forward to next years Lavvu on the Farm ( Lavvu Love), are you ?