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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Switching in the woods?

That's what has been discussed and agreed to.......dependent though on weather, privacy, and everything coming together. Rosa and I are going camping from Sunday to Tuesday in a spot we have wanted to try for a while now. The weather is looking.........chancey. But with some luck I could end up with a 'red washboard' butt. LOL

As someone who has been switched, not frequently but often enough to have developed preferences, I lean towards more cane-like switches rather than light 'birch-ey' ones. Runners at birch tree bases make good ones in my opinion, and they are attainable with some looking and determination. 

What is MUCH harder to find than a good switch is a good switching photo! I've posted some better ones a while back, and didn't want to just repeat them, including two pieces of art of my own that employ switches outdoors, so this one is as about as good as I can do this time around. (If anyone knows of some good switch photos outdoors and in a kind of 'camping/hiking setting' let me know. Dynamic is not crucial, but if your offering is M/f, please make sure the guy is not creepy like about 90% of them are. LOL)


This could be me with a little luck!


6 comments:

  1. I recommend that you get yourselves a pair of Felco 2 secateurs. They might look a bit pricey, for what they are, but they will last you a lifetime and are the best piece of kit available for cutting switches from live wood. Both for you and the tree

    Prefectdt

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    1. Thank you for the advice, Prefectdt, but I checked them out and I will pass at that price. A regular pair from Home Depot and a sharpening file seem to work well for me, and I tend to lose garden equipment more than any other type of tool I use. I don't know what it is, but I have left pruners out in the rain and found them weeks later. I tend not to lose my carpentry stuff at all by comparison.

      One thing I got as a gift that I do love is one of those fancy Japanese knife/shovels. I love that thing!

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  2. Interesting , this concept of comparison, as it seems we maintain spécicic values with tools we used to work with in our past. As a professional,independant wall painter I never have lost tools from my ancient life , (neither as a (poor) musician) except those stolen from me. I think my wife and me must be victims of an alien gang with an issue with those specific tools with gardening purpose...Except one long handled secator, allways in the back of the car, on purpose, too...(well, mostly for fruits, of all kinds). The truth is I miss a real good switching, especialy on these lousy days, just to feel "cleaned", safe, beloved ... Vitalism feeds every step !

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    1. I blame garden gnomes. I think those seemingly genial-looking fuckers take this stuff when we're not looking.

      And a good switching for you is just one willing adventure away. Why not make it happen?

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    2. I actually did it! C'était en pleine forêt de Tonçais et la brume recouvrait l'étang ... Sunday the 10th of a very cold October ! I just had to ask her. Our first (I mean in the forest) switching (light but fun, with laughters) since 2015 ! Enjoy your trip !

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    3. Very good! See? A little courage and the adventures flow from the spark! We actually did not get to do this. Too many people and too few good switches. But we had plenty to keep us occupied and had a very nice time.

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