2 West St, Exeter, EX1 1BA
HI ENDY readers!
A very warm ENDY-welcome to our web page for the 'madness of ENDY' at this year's fantastic
The 'Gathering is held at BUSH FARM BISON CENTRE in Wiltshire.
THE FARM - subtle
THE WOODLANDS - tranquil
THE BISON - natural
And, ummm, errrr, eeek, oh deer.........it's Little Brown Man!
Oh no, here comes mayhem! Let the battle commence.........
The Wilderness Gathering is an absolute must for anybody with an interest in Bushcraft, wishing to learn more about Wilderness Living Skills, or simply wanting to enjoy the world outside of Tablets, i-Phones and Computers!
Or "Confusers", as MISTER F would say!
And it's just great for the Kidz too!
Just ask any of my troops.........
Okay, now grab yourself a beer or nice cup of tea, sit back in your chair - not too far or you'll fall off and feel like you've wet your pants and probably electrocute yourself at the same time! - and enjoy this year's installment of ENDYZ @ the Wilderness Gathering - 2014........
Van hired. Check
Stock prepped. Check.
Customer pre-orders picked. Check
SPARKLES aka 'Bartles' to nanny's for safe keeping. Check!
After loading our van with WG-Kit on the Wednesday, we headed off to Wiltshire early Thursday morning and arrived on-site for our 4th WG shortly after 07:00hrs with two of the ENDY-Kidz, Sofia and 'Badge-E-Man' aka Isaac, in-tow as my little ENDY-Elves!
VAN (nearly) full of ENDY-Kit
The ENDY-Kidz worked late into Wednesday night beavering away making our new Signage.........
WHAT we do
WHERE we are
As you can see, I've bred some pretty good artists!
We unpacked the van and started to assemble our Military Tent.
MRS E setting up NEARLY there
This year was to be a little different for the ENDY-Tribe.
Mrs.E. who'd previously stopped over at the local RITZ 'otel, sorry, Trubble Lodge, errr, I mean Travel Lodge (!), was going to experience her first real 'camping' adventure.
After persuading Mrs.E. back in February that the local Army Surplus Store does not sell 'blow-up 5* Hotels' she decided to give in.........via a compromise.........and 'ruff it a bit.........
I'd ordered a family-sized Tent from our friends up at HIGHLANDER so we'd all be together with some creature-comforts!
So far, so good.........
LAST boxes of Kit being unpacked
In between the rain showers of Thursday we had all our Kit set out and ready to trade.........
With a little apprehension (fear of the unknown.........?) Mrs E worked her stockings, sorry, socks off, to help get us underway.
STOCKINGS. Worked off. Very soxy!
But no fear as all was good. This is the WG after all!
A fantastic mix of top-quality folk, with like-minded ideas covering a broad spectrum of interests and willing to share in their knowledge and experiences.
ENDYZ is Open for (some monkey) business!!
First full day.........
We awoke on Friday morning to bright sunshine and were treated to a Hot Air Balloon passing over.
The Balloon was also beeing 'buzzed' by a Para Glider just below.
Terrific start to the day!
Just another 98 TO GO
HOT air! IN the distance
With a massive variety of Kit available, our 4th year at the WG was about to exceed our very best of expectations with up to 40 people milling around the ENDY stall at any one time!
PILES of Kit - please don't click that link.........nooooooooo!
Some top bargains were our Para Cord deals and our CUPS for 10p each plus a fantastic B.O.G.O.F deal.........and then, to top that, Mister.E. flipped a coin with the customer for a chance to get their money back!! Now that is ENDY-madness. But great fun!
THESE went well too! Still available - while promo stocks last.........
and for some L.B.M news.........
FATHER and Son. And L.B.M!
WE seek him here.........
As one would expect, our very own Little Brown Man (L.B.M) was up to all sorts of mischief again this year. He managed to get into the pockets of some of our customers plus L.B.M was seen posing with some of his many fans!
Oh dear L.B.M, just what are we going to do with you?
WE seek him there......... That L.B.M. Gets everywhere.........
Okay, forward on.........
The first sale was to (Tinky) Pete (Hi Pete!) who managed to get some overtime out of me by purchasing one of our UNIVERSALS well after we'd (officially :o) closed for the day.
In fact, the transaction was done at the Man Crèche!!
Pete pretty much lived in his new purchase for the rest of the 'Gathering.
PETE (Tinky-type!) in his Universal-FS
Another rather happy ENDY-customer went away with one of our HUB-ALPHA'S
THAT'S 'andy.........suits you Sir!
It was great to have customers come up to Mister.E. and offer their hand, and say it's great to see us, and that many are our regular 'Mail order' customers who were making themselves known. Cool!
Our good friend JON MAC and his partner Sarah (#*~*~*@ ← long story, best not shared!!) were again in attendance.
Jon was set up in the Craft Field, which was pretty busy with a fantastic turn out.
So many interesting people at the WG.........
We ran our incredibly popular Para Cord Hunt again this year.........
FELIX with some of Mister E's Cord!
.........with over a dozen kidz hunting down our 50 hidden bundles of Cord.........
ON the run.........
The winner retrieved 6 and had a great ENDY-prize!
We then did a "get Kev" version where I was brought to the ground in true 'rugby fashion' and was 'robbed' of all me cord! D'oh!
And then we had the Stocks!
The Stocks, oh yes, the Stocks.........
This was the first time we had these and even managed to get Roger (great show Rog!!) in for a soaking!
ROGER in The Stocks. Oh yes!!
And yep, they got me too.........
KEV in the Stocks.........
Meanwhile, back at ENDY Stores, 'someone' had stretched one of our WHITE BALACLAVAS over the 'ed of Warren.
I guess it was a good job he wasn't at a family planning session.........
AN ENDY-alien! A very rare breed.........
Some interesting people.........
Chris the Cat introduced me to Martin who was running his 'Jerked Meats' stall.
Martin had some yummy stuff.
Fruit Jerky, Kangaroo Jerky, Beef and Ale Jerky, Chilli Crickets.
And then there was his Health and Safety information.........no sense of humour some people (!)
BEWARE. Tripping Hazard!
OK, now here we have Trevor.
Trev was on hand to model one of our GHILLIE HEAD DRESS
TREV - very bad hair day!
And then there was Caitlin and Ella.........
C&E @ WG with L.B.M!
We had many regulars to the ENDY stand, with deffo 'stars of the show' being these two young ladies, Caitlin and Ella.
C&E are from EBBW VALE in Wales and had great fun at the ENDY stall.
Their mum and dad were struggling to keep them away!
They bought kit from our 'HMTC' range (similar to current British M-T.P) including Clothing, Hats and some super-cool Combat Waistcoats!
TOYING with L.B.M.........
C&E spent some time playing with L.B.M and he ended up in their Combat Waistcoats.
Very naughty L.B.M!
ENDY Update: We have even had the family In-Store, post-WG, and they bought even more Kit :o)
Breaking news.........Caitlin and Ella now have their very own ENDY Web-page, see HERE - now live, go see!
More ENDY-customers having a shop.........
PERUSING our wares
There were a few strange sights to be had at the WG this year.........a WILD BOAR no-less.........going walk-a-bout.........
BOAR! Deffo not boar-ing at the WG!
A little less boring.........
The ENDY-Kidz had an extra fiend, sorry, friend with them this year. Mel - AKA Lemony double-up-space - who thoroughly enjoyed her first WG experience.
Unsure as to 'what it was all about' initially, but a fantastic time was reported back to Mister.E. so looks like Mel will be along again next year!
Good to have you Mel!
Meanwhile, the atmosphere changed. The red mist was forming. Tempers flared. Fights were breaking out.
And 'The Police' had to be called.........
Errrr, not really.........STING wouldn't have been very happy!
RELAXED! Chilled too.........
Our good friend, and WG veteran, Roley, was busy making a clay oven. He baked a delicious loaf of bread, plus had a fantastic Salmon cooking nearby too!
Salivating stuff indeed.........
BREAD and salmon
Here we spotted a 'person' randomly trying on one of our GAS MASKS mmmmmmmmm, OK, interesting.........Ian, is that you?!
We always have a great selection of BALACLAVAS at the WG, and this year was no exception.
Kidz just luv 'em.........
BALACLAVAS. As worn by Robin Banks
Basket weaving at WYLDWOOD WILLOW was always very busy with the ENDY-Kidz making some super items.
More 'Stocks' news.........
IN you go.........
And yes, this IS a mum taking a pic of her daughter about to get splatted.........
DAUGHTER's gonna' get wet!
LOVE is in the wilderness.........?
And now for some 'Crèche News.........
MAN Crèche.........oh yes.........
DAVE BUDD was also having a very busy time with a constant stream of people sharing in his skills and knowledge.
Dave is a total joy to watch in action.
Meanwhile, as the SUN GOES DOWN .........
.........at Dave's Man Crèche, the usual 'games' were about to commence with this, an old favourite, Dave's Puzzle Mug.
A cup which 'leaks like a sieve' and will make you look rather silly unless you know how to use it.........very amusing!
FELIX and Badge-E-Man with the Budd Puzzle Mug
And this year at Man Crèche, a new set of 'rules'.........basically, what Dave says. Is gospel.
@ BUDD Man Crèche
and some Cat News.........
Our good friend and absolute legend (!) Chris D - AKA CHRIS THE CAT - was back on form, and had an impromptu pre-50th Birthday celebration at Mr. Budds pad.
IN anticipation. Present time.........
OPENING HAPPY bunny
Dave gave his very own Knife to Chris. Wow.
Top man is Dave Budd. Sharp too!
I do believe I saw 'The Cat' with a tear in his eye.........or, of course, he may have had a fly in there.........
DAVE and Chris the Cat
EMBERS at Budds
One of the most popular attractions to WG-2014 was Prehistoric Survival Expert WILL LORD
WILL Lord PREHISTORIC Survival
And it was great to catch up with many of our 'regulars' including the guys from WILDERNESS SURVIVAL SKILLS
Always great to be around. And good customers to-boot!
The kidz were busy watching some prep-skills with a rabbit for the pot.
RABBIT prep - not such a happy bunny!
There was plenty of good food to be had too.........including some super-yummy Pancakes from Suzettes.........
And the Kidz.........(deffo not good eatin' o:)
NOW, should I go to the WG again next year or not?
MORE customer spotting!
We were privileged this year to have our Main-field pitch next door to the lads from the highly respected
Headed up by founder and chief instructor Patrick McGlinchey. Patrick has a wealth of knowledge and Mister.E. appreciated time with him and his team. I certainly enjoyed his 'living in a box' analogy!
Good stuff indeed.
THE lads. With me on the right - and I'm 6' 2". Honest!
For Patrick: Look what I found → Long story!!
With very brisk business throughout the show, we'd done some great deals with our total 'take' a massive £112.97, so a huge "ENDY Thank-you" to all those who shared their coinage with us!
We appreciate your business.
Meanwhile, the ENDY-Kidz were selling their Loom Bands with a free set of Dog Tags courtesy of Mister.E!
Well done guys!
Right folks, we're nearly at the end of our WG feature for this year (I really need to go to bed.........) so just time for a few "Thank yous" to our extra helpers in loading up our van at close of business on the Sunday:
Chris (The Cat!) and his two kittens, Astrid and Felix, plus (Tinky) Pete (who put our 12x12 (feet not inches!) tent away in around 49 seconds!
KITTEN Astrid KITTEN Felix
Plus, best friend to the ENDY-Kidz Mel - aka Lemony double-up-space - and not forgetting the ENDY Kidz themselves!
Pic©MAC THE E-Kidz with Mel
Oh, and Mrs.E.........thank you darling for all of your help and I'm so pleased your first WG-camp was enjoyed sooooooooo much!
Back next year?? "You bet........." - quote from Mrs E!
And last, but no-ways least, a massive, read massive 'shout-out' to Roger and his team for organising this exciting, family-friendly, fun-filled event!
Good job Sir.
3 Cheers for Roger.........HIP HIP HORRAY, HIP HIP HORRAY, HIP HIP HORRAY!!
Take care and see you all NEXT YEAR!!