Bridgewood is a 20 acre woodland in North Shropshire between Manchester and Birmingham, owned by Tanos and managed for wildlife and Open Air BDSM. The FAQ list answers the most common questions about the wood.
Last weekend I took advantage of the good weather to put mia to work at Bridgewood. I put her in a rough chain collar, gave her a long strip of sackcloth to wrap loosely around her hips, and let her wear leather clogs to save her from the worst of the nettles on the grassy rides. Her work was carrying water and then digging. [more...]
I refer to an area of the South Ride as the Meadow, and it's always been a wide, open area with little undergrowth and shrubs between its tall trees. Yesterday I felled 20 of those tall trees as a first step into turning it into a proper clearing along the side of the ride. [more...]
I went to the wood today, and took my shotgun with me for the first time. And a couple of marrows to shoot at I also looked at the state of the fencing. So that's fencing as in barrier not fencing as in Modern Pentathlon. I've already used the gun for clay shooting, but there are some interesting things that I can try at the wood too. Some of these are very sensible, like "patterning", where you shoot at a big piece of paper and measure how spread out the cloud of shot pellets is at different distances, with different types of cartridge, and different choice of the "chokes" which [more...]
mia and I braved the wintery weather today to spend the day at Bridgewood. It snowed heavily yesterday and there were red alerts in several places, but today was just cold and the main roads had been salted over night so the journey down was fine. [more...]
mia and I have been talking about going shooting since last Christmas, and today we had an afternoon at a local gun club. I've never shot anything more substantial than fairground targets and video game enemies, but it was a seriously enjoyable introduction to the sport. [more...]
You might have seen the coverage in the news of ash dieback, a fungal disease which has been killing trees across Europe, moving westwards from Poland in 1992. Today was my first trip to Bridgewood since it was found "in the wild" in the UK, and I checked my ash trees and then did some felling. [more...]
Yesterday was the third The Warehouse event, at Exodus in Birmingham. We had another great afternoon of BDSM that normally needs outdoor space, with an emphasis on pony carting and pet play. [more...]
It's now a tradition that we have a special event day in October to round off the open air season. Bonfires have always been associated with this time of year, and we add in some fireworks and hot food from the stove. This first picture shows the bonfire a few minutes after it was lit at sunset. The core is hazel logs that burn quickly and hot, with a hearth of four poplar sections with four more stacked on top to keep the heat in and to make a chimney. This arrangement sucks the air in through the bottom and as you can see the flames and the smoke shoot out the top. [more...]
Due to some other unavoidable committments in September we're cancelling that month's event day and moving the October event one week earlier to Saturday 13th October. This is the end-of-season closing event day, with fireworks, a bonfire, etc.
I was a bit concerned about the weather for August's Bridgewood event day, as things gradually got better then we suddenly had days with torrential downpours. But on Saturday we had heavy rain overnight followed by cloud and then glorious sunshine by the afternoon. Despite some last minute cancellations it was a busy day with lots of play and socialising outdoors.