I have and wondered how I could remember his marvellous advice, so I decided to put some of it into a quick rhyme, I dare not call it a poem. BTW The lee side is the sheltered side away from wind.
Okay so this is the first draft, so groan if you must:
THIS WEEK'S THEME: Nature: Plants, Creatures and the Cosmos
Apologies for the obvious or non-rhymes, but it does include all the elements of the week's theme, even if it's not my best poem.
Nature’s Compass by Madeleine Maddocks
Horizontal branches pointing out
Direct all travellers to the South
Watch the ones with a brush-like sweep
They’ll be nodding towards North East
Reed heads bending to the lee
Lean away from the winds, you see.
Make your camp on the flattest ground
Avoid those depressions in the mound,
For they collect the moisture there.
And stagnant pools you must beware
Those biting insects will collect,
While dead over-branches you mustn’t neglect,
For they may fall within the night
And you’d be left with a nasty fright.
Finally camp near a source of water
Oh yes, of course, you really oughta!