So this week the Blue Mountains (my home) made international news when British backpacker and hiker extraordinaire, Jamie Neale was found after spending 12 days out in the bush.   Unfortunately, Jamie isn’t the first to have gone “missing in action” while out exploring this natural playground and I am sure he won’t be the last. The amazing thing was that he managed to survive the sub zero (yes it does get cold in OZ) temperatures, lack of food and fresh water for so long. Most people would perish after only 2-3 days in the same conditions while Jamie walked (or rather hobbled very slowly) out to the relief of his family and the world.

A good news story, a happy ending?  Well I thought so until the skeptics started to claw around stating that this had to have been faked, nobody could survive those conditions and how it must have been made up as a publicity stunt.  I guess that each of us can make up our own minds in that regard. What I am interested in, and where your survival and skin come in is all to do with Bush Tucker……

How many times have I heard this said in the reporting of the above story: “What on earth did he eat? What could he drink out there? Nothing looks edible in the bush”

Since when did we become so separated from nature?

The Blue Mountains National Park is home to a complete banquet of plants, shrubs and herbs.  Whether you are hungry and need feeding, sick and need healing or just want to rejuvenate your skin, naturally, there is something growing up here. Of course, just walking along and tasting / applying and sipping everything […]