LJ friends and gifts. #25: I will survive - a pack came from Australia…

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-26-2015 01:19 PM 2708 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I will survive
a pack came from Australia…

Life moves in mysterious ways.
Our LJ buddy Icemanhank Davids daughter was going to Denmark on business working with a Danish design company, so we agreed she would pass my shop for a quick hello since we have many interests in common.
Life never acts just as planned and she never got the time to pass the shop, when she was here in Copenhagen…

Never the less David had put present in her suitcase for me and this present then traveled back home to Australia.
But back in Australia the present got on a travel of it’s own, it was send back to Copenhagen by mail this time.
Hmmmm, that’s not normal, a present that can take care of it self like that, but perhaps it was meant to be so…

Here we are in Copenhagen, the post woman arrives in the street.

The pack open on the work bench.

Yes it was a book.
Not just a book.
A survival book.
Australian Bushcraft, a guide to survival and camping, by Richard Graves.
So yes there were a reason why this book could travel on it’s own – it had the skills. ;-)

As I still have a big inner child in me and love nature, small hikes and nights out with my hammock, this is a gift that brings a big smile here, I will look forward to trying out some of the shelter building techniques and other wonderful ideas this book is so full of, I love it, it is a real back to basic book, no USB and solar cells here.

Here pictures from one of my wonderful tours out in nature with the kayak and hammock.

Thank you David for thinking of me, it is a dear personal gift to me and thank you Melinda for taking the time and trouble to bring it half way around the globe and back to send it off on it’s own.

This book sure has a story now.

A big warm smile here from me to you and the families.

Thank you,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Combo Prof

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#1 posted 05-26-2015 01:39 PM

Mads. Are those concrete blocks put there on purpose for campers to hang a hammock or are they just a fortunate use by you? I suspect sleeping on the rocks would not be pleasant.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#2 posted 05-26-2015 01:41 PM

A gift from a friend is always a wonderful experience- no matter how far it traveled to find you.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 05-26-2015 02:00 PM

That was really nice of Hank!! It is just the book for you , Mads for on your trips and sleeping out under the stars!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 05-26-2015 02:14 PM

Great story and gift. I received a gift from lumberjock so I understand how great it feels. A survival book like this would be invaluable to a city slicker like me lol.

Great gift Mads, happy for ya.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 05-26-2015 04:52 PM

oh wow mads, what a great gift, i to love nature and use to get out and about in alaska, lots of camping, rustic style, mountain side camps, in between rocks and boulders, under trees, yes….i love it all and i can relate to this book , oh how i miss my outdoor life, i miss it terribly…..thanks for sharing this….its stirred up many memories….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 05-26-2015 07:03 PM

Great story, Mads, and a wonderful gift. I’m glad to see you’re still having fun with your various adventures. Take care and keep having fun.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 05-27-2015 09:11 AM

Great story about a well travelled book. Let’s hope we get good enough weather in Norden this summer to sleep outdoors so you can test out the tips it contains. So far it seems to be mainly rain, but I don’t mind as it keeps me out of the garden and in the shop!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-27-2015 01:28 PM

Thank you for sharing more of your adventures Mads! Wonderful to be surrounded by items that make you smile and bring you thoughts of others.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 05-29-2015 10:02 AM

A bit of history,

Some years ago Mads had a workshop by the seaside It was a building to behold as the remaining foundations now refelect.
One time during the night a massive storm passed by wiping it all out, Mads was left with only his hammock and trusty Kayak.

Mads now entertains himself reading bush survival books from Australia hoping it will never happen again !

And he spends most of his other time paddleing his kayak to visit his friend and fellow LJ in Norway just a short distance away.

And if you believe that the blocks are possibly anti invasion embattlements!

In fact I think he takes a short cut though the Suez Canal !!......and does some whitiling along the way
enough frovolity !!

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 05-31-2015 01:37 AM

Very nice, and good story.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 06-01-2015 06:48 PM

Hi there,
Almost got lost but found my way back after making a few bridges and a fire to keep me warm. ;-)
Roger, ;-)
robscastle, laugh, yes you are just about right, at this moment I am thinking to make a new Ark, this one will be ready to embrace the end of the world, just so that one of each tool will survive with me.
Cfrye, yes it do make me smile a lot so many memories on these walls.
Stefang, if the summer stay like this, we might have to give it a new name… It’s so cold I need no ice in my whiskey.
helluvawreck, thanks, wish you all the best here.
grizz, natures finest, nothing like spending time with a sharp knife and a stick, ok perhaps also a saw, a hand plane, a scraper….
Ken, yes this is a really special feeling, like as if it was Christmas again the day after Christmas.
Jim, I feel sure also that this book will become a favorite.
lew, so true.
combo, no they are from ww2, they used to have tracks on top and moving targets were run on them so the pilots could train shooting, luckily they stopped that… Smiles.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#12 posted 07-12-2015 07:40 AM

This is such a lovely post Mads, it was my absolute pleasure to send this to you. I am just sad that my daughter Mel could not meet you and give it to you in person.

I must say that she did enjoy your beautiful country very much, from her pics it looks gorgeous;

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#13 posted 07-13-2015 12:08 AM

Big smile here, this was how Copenhagen looked today. ;-)
Yes I might have the luck if she returns.
Quite cool to see her pictures thanks.
Send my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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