Last weekend my girlfriend and I were heading to Limburg, the Netherlands to do another bivouac. I heard about a location with a lot of wild garlic and wanted to check out if there was really as much as they said.
It was a beautiful weekend, the temperatures were excellent, especially for may and we found a beautiful spot to camp. Only hard thing was that the spot where we camped (a legal camp terrain) had little trees and the trees which were there were standing quite far from each other. When you want to hammock that’s quite a pain in the ass!
After 1,5 hours of attaching and releasing ropes to the trees I finally was satisfied with the position and tightness of one of the hammocks… When the rope is too long, here will be too much stretch on it and you’ll end up on the forest floor.
I decided to to go through this again by making a floor construction for the other hammock. As we did not took pegs with us I made a few with the help of my saw and axe. Perfect when a plan comes together 😉
As we were both settled, it was time to start the fire and in case of my girlfriend, starting to read a book. For me, it was time to work as dinner was about to be prepared. Do you know how good zucchini and eggplant from the hot coals tastes? Very sweet! Combined with a few sweet potato’s, simple but delicious. Later that evening we enjoyed the fire and went to bed. This was still very exciting for both of us because my girlfriend was going to sleep in a hammock for the first time … For her it was the challenge to get into it. For me it was exciting whether this experience would end well. Since my girlfriend is not an outdoors-person like me and this had to be a positive experience. I really like it when she goes along!
The next morning I woke up and she was still in a deep sleep so that worked out well fortunately!
I took my camera and went for a walk to collect us some wild food for breakfast and make photo’s for the page about wild food (coming online later). What a treat! there was so much to eat! I found; daisys (Bellis perennis), hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), a wine snail, Wild chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris), wild garlic (Allium ursinum), bladder campion (Silene vulgaris), dead-nettle (Lamium album), nettle (Urtica dioica), ground-elder (Aegopodium podagraria), dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), common vetch (Vicia sativa), lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina), silverweed (Potentilla anserina), cleavers (Galium aparine), hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), wood sorrel (Oxalis acetosella), plantain (Plantago -major, -lanceolata) and ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea). A decent collection of edible plants don’t you think! It will take a while to organize and describe all of these plants on my website but somehow I will get there :).
As I left a message to my girlfriend that when she woke, she just had to call me it was about 11 pm. when I got back in the camp. How can she sleep so long! It keeps me wondering…
We ate our breakfast and than went to the nearby flint mines. Unfortunately they were closed but the forest was amazingly beautiful. Wild garlic was growing everywhere and made literally a carpet of fresh green leaves and beautiful white flowers as far as the eye could see! Leaving a strong garlic scent behind everywhere. Beautiful and making you hungry! So we headed back to our camp, packed our bags and drove to a restaurant where we treated ourself with a delicious organic meal! Mission accomplished!