We've been having a bit of fun since we cut down those nettles and have used the extra space to create a little camp out on the yard.
We dragged out an old railway sleeper from under the nettles last year and have now put it to good use as a bench. In front of that we've erected a nice little tripod from which we can hang our cooking pot or a kettle for some tea.
We've coppiced some old shrubs out on the yard a couple of years ago and this is making great firewood. We've also been growing the wild plant Rosebay Willowherb, which is great for kindling if you let its stems stand and dry out once the flowers and leaves have died back.
We had our first meal there a few nights ago and it was delicious! It's definitely about as far as you can get from haute cuisine, but there's something extra tasty about food you've cooked outside. Yum!