Loads happening this weekend as some of the kids broke up from School for their summer holidays. Everyone learnt lots about deer on the Chocolate Quest and young Cameron was the only one to find all hidden chocolate tickets. There were a few forfeits to be completed though for those that got the questions wrong, but Adam came up with this beauty of a poem as one of his forfeits;
"The Ranger's are nice
They give you advice
The chocolate is nice, inside"
I really enjoyed painting Eilis's face as she created her own design which had a faerytale toadstool for a nose, a lilac faery queen on one cheek and a green flower faery on the other, all topped off with a golden and ruby crown.
Eilis and her family joined us for the Bushcraft & Survival session, it was great to see them again having first met on the site last year. Owen was already a fan of wood sorrel and finished the session with his pockets full of natural tinder! Maeve and Owen successfully started a fire with a fire steel, but little Eilis was still recovering from a broken arm so struggled a bit with that one as her arm was still in plaster.
We saw this lovely but poisonous toadstool on the way, panther cap, the same family as the faerytale toadstool fly agaric.
The Douglas Fir area and tickling river was magical in the sunlight today!
The juicy bilberries are nearly ripe - mmmm delicious! Loads of antioxidants so really good for you and there are loads of natural remedies you can use these berries for too including; sickness and diarrhoea, respiratory complaints and even haemorrhoids!
The evening finished off with a late Dusk Walk being that the days are still so long, the bats didn't start coming out until 10:30pm. That's a lot of scoffing and gobbling up of midges to do if they have to eat a third of their body weight every night!