Interesting thread And thanks to @Manxx for the vote of confidence
Trouble is that the stuff I make has an effect rather similar to Huxley’s “Soma” and may not be entirely approved of by the Medics for the purpose of recovery as hoped.
However, it is quite possible to drink water from “the wild” given a few caveats. Depending on where you are - for example I would suspect that the water from the lake manxx pictures so frequently to make us jealous - could probably be drunk straight from the lake without ill-effects. I have a boat on a lowland river which passes through a number of towns and sometimes swim in the river. Have done since I was a kid and that river (as with all others in the uk) is immensely cleaner than it was back in the '60’s thanks mainly to the actions of the “Anglers Co-operative Association” in the 60’s and 70’s and 80’s. The Thames for example now has FISH in it !
However I digress - I do swallow water from the river accidentally and always have - but would not feel confident with actually drinking it deliberately. I do “Push limits” with these things and do eat all sorts of “Wild food” and odd looking mushrooms and when “Playing out” like this I carry a “Millbank Bag” (British Army filtration Bag) which will, hung from a tree branch filter river water and remove all sediment and some of the larger bacterial contaminants - they are pretty cheap at around £10 - Well that is stage 1 - After filtration, boiling the water would render it completely safe - unless there are Chemical contaminants in it - which is fairly unlikely in the types of areas you would be likely to get lost in.
Reading on yes I do eat fish and animals / birds legally gathered from the wild. I do not eat insects from the wild since around me insects need all the help they can get due to dreadful hedge-cutting and “open space management” = mainly by those “Local Authorities and Highways AUthorities” who actually KNOW and completely ignore the Law on such matters.
I will at some point try “Swan mussles” from the river with some nervousness, but One thing I am determined to eat this year are Snails !
I have researched and we have NO Poisonous snails in the uk (Good starting point) I actually like “L’escargots” we are served with in restaurants in butter and garlic and we have largish snails in this country which may or may not be the same species - They cluster in the winter in various “Safe places” and I expect I can gather them with ease. This year I am determined to give them a try !
A few years ago I bought some smaller “Stripey snails” in spain from a market and have also noticed in the uk in winter we have very similar looking snails - which climb trees and form large congregations to hibernate in winter - th0ugh what possible survival advantage this would offer I have no idea, gathering them also seems very easy, so I might try them too.
(Slugs are “Shelless snails” and some grow very large - but at the moment - THAT is a bit “A-Level” for me - Why ? I can’t even begin to explain ! )
Anyone else going to give snails a whirl ? - Or better still - any of our European members who DO gather snails from teh wild, perhaps give us some tips ?