FIELD EDItor’s LEttEr
There’s just something incredibly mesmerising about a roaring campfire. Dead set, I could stare at one of those bad boys for hours and hours on end, day in and day out, given the chance. After all, they don’t call it the bush TV for nothing, now do they? I can’t help but think a good campfire has the ability to link us directly back in time, right back to the caveman days. It’s one of the few things that has remained unchanged as the centuries keep rolling on by and, if you ask me, it’s something that we should strive to keep in our lifestyles.
You see, the more advanced we get, the further away we seem to drift from nature.
I’m not going to go all greenie on you now, but you can’t deny the fact that a good old campfire has the ability to stir up something primitive from within. The smoky smell and gentle crackling seems to calm the nerves and seems oddly familiar to most, and the taste of a slightly-charred campfire feed cooked over amber coals is nothing short of scrumptious. It’s a morale booster when the weather is wreaking havoc, and for some reason, a campsite just seems safer with the glow of a nice warm fire.
But what I really love about a campfire is its ability to bring people together. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a proper campfire without an entourage of campers singing around it. It’s just got this innate ability to create a real friendly mood around camp.
So what’s the point to all this? Why am I rambling on about campfires? Well, let’s just say there’s no better way to spend time with friends and family then around a campfire. And I’d hate to see something like modern progress put a wedge between us and something that’s truly worth preserving. More and more places are becoming fire-free zones, which is okay by me if it’s a safety related rule. But the day we lose the right to light a sensible campfire when and where we need to is the day progress gets a real thumbs down from me. So for now, I reckon we need to make the most of the freedom we have. So grab a group of friends, family and loved ones together, breakout the marshmallows and share a campfire as often as you can...I guarantee you won’t regret it!