The last CROW task before Christmas this year clearing scrub from Hosehill's 'Butterfly Bank'.
An essential feature of this task is a good bonfire if potatoes are to be baked for lunch.
The main requirement is for a bed of hot ash. The potatoes, wrapped in foil, are placed in old (metal) biscuit tins which are then buried in the ash. The use of the tins greatly simplifies get the potatoes on to the fire and their eventual retrieval. Depending on how hot the fire, the potatoes are normally cooked in around 40 minutes.
As John discovers, recovering the potatoes from a hot fire can be a bit of a challenge.
Dave has a go.
Lunchtime menu: baked potatoes with butter and Cheddar cheese. Enjoy!
Created: Saturday, 24th December 2016
Photographs: David Hume, John Lerpiniere