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Last Activity Weekend at Cobleland Campsite

We've had a lovely but emotional last weekend here at Cobleland, this will always be a happppeeee place for us and thank you to all those who we have met and who have joined in with our activities over the years who have helped to make it so special.  Scotland has proved an enriching experience in so many ways and it now feels like our second home, so thank you to all the lovely people of Scotland for making us feel so welcome, this land here is indeed very special and magical! Who knows where our journey will take us next but I'm sure we will come back soon and often.

Teapot Cottage

Will has just about finished creating Teapot Cottage using reclaimed wood or off-cuts from the forest.  A couple of pesky vandalism incidents in the summer meant the finish time was delayed, but hopefully now that it is a finished sturdy structure kids will just love coming across this in Teapot Wood and look after it for both themselves and the faeries to enjoy.

We had a few tackle the Chocolate Quest in Teapot Wood on Saturday and the day finished off lovely with a great bat walk long with 25 campers (and 2 rather fluffy dogs) eager to learn about and to see the bats.

Here Dave the bat is about to try to devour all the little moths, he got one!

The Wacky Forth Races

Our last race attracted a few, plus campsite managers, Lesley and Graham decided to try their luck too!

Rafts Pictured from left with Jasmine, Sam, Rosie and Darah:

Scarlett - The Rescue Boat (3rd)

Connie - Teen Zombie From Mars (Connie was stuck for a name for her raft, the name eventually came from the top she was wearing)

Darah - Mushrooms Beautiful (2nd)

Jasmine - The Dead Boat (1st - and overall reigning champion for most wins during the season)!

Rosie - Speedy (4th)

Sam - The Ship of Doom

Duncan - The African Queen

Graham - The Barfly

Lesley - We'll Miss You!

Well done to all who have taken part in this 'adrenaline rush' sport that is  'The Wacky Forth Races'. The anxiety of which has come more from watching the rafts meander through the obstacles of trees and adverse wind conditions rather than the speed of the river lately though.  I'm sure the rain will return soon but in the meantime thanks for such lovely weather this season and for not having to cancel many activities!

Surprise Tea Party

That sneaky Lesley is getting a dab hand at surprise parties lately! What a lovely surprise after our last event today to get together with everyone and stuff ourselves with cake, cake, a biscuit and more cake :-).  Thanks for all your lovely gifts and well wishes and thank you Lesley and Graham for always being so lovely and for helping and supporting us along the way.... and for this amazing cake to take away for our trip to Knoydart - that should keep us going!

The twins, Chaos and Mayhem, made this lovely picture for us today. Very accurate eh, I love how kids are so observant :-)

Keep in touch everyone! We'll keep you all posted if we are back in the area, or planning any events wherever we are as it will be lovely to meet up.  I'll be adding interesting nature stuff and more to the main website this winter too.


The Ranger Tent Comes Down

Oooh, :-( a sad day taking the ranger tent down, but we had to make the most of the weather being so lovely before the rain hits this week apparently. We still have one weekend left though and Lesley and Graham will be keeping the maypole and the distance arrows up. We are leaving it up to the magic of the universe as to what we do next, but I'm sure we will come back often, Cobleland Campsite will always be a special place <3

Thank you lovely Oak tree for watching over our activities in the last six years. I will return regularly for a nice hug!

 


Wacky Forth Races

Three raft builders today, here's the line up.  Despite the quiet turnout, you wouldn't think it for the cheers by the river, then the tears! Everyone is a winner of course :-).

From left: 

Andrew - The Blue Ribbon (1st)

Robert - The Dragon 'Fly' (3rd)

Finley - The Floating Jet Boat (2nd)

Whilst down by the finish line, we spotted a carefully placed otter spraint on the winner's rock. Jenni and her Dad were lucky enough to see an otter here last week, we are yet to be lucky but look forward to the day that we are.


Activities at Cobleland Campsite

Could this be our last weekend for activities here? The sun is shining, but I hear that the rain is to return by mid-week!  Met some lovely new families to the site this weekend and despite being a quiet tranquil weekend, we were busy for activities.

Here is Millie's lovely pendant.  Her favourite animal is a deer, but she also had some rather cute dogs camping with her, Sprocket and Orla the puppy.

Here are this week's wands, from left: Finlay's Hazel, Millie, Harris, Daniel (not pictured - he needed a nap), Reece and Lily-Ann all chose Hawthorn. Actually, Millie needed a nap too, probably after all the running around for the Chocolate Quest earlier, which she needed to do in order to burn off all the calories before winning the humongous chocolate bar!

12 bat detectors joined us for the Bat Walk and despite the chilly evening there were lots of bats swooping around our heads trying to eat up as much as they could ready for their winter naps. Leo made an excellent bat for the game, although he went hungry as he only managed to catch one moth!


The Wacky Forth Races

It was the third to last raft race and it was a busy one with thirteen raft designers hoping to claim the winner's prize.  We haven't had much rain at all lately so it was a slow race (which meant I actually had time to record the winning order) and a couple of Dad's and Jenni had to help some of the rafts along as they kept stopping for a rest on the river's edge.

From left:

Darah - Birthday Wishes (Winner)

Adam - The Hoy (10th)

Sophie & Lauren - Molly (12th)

Liam - The Corries (6th)

Jenni & Jasmine - HMS Princess (7th)

Rachel - Fairy Friends (9th)

Connor - The Nine (3rd)

Nathan - Summer Solstice (4th)

Emily & Cian - The Cobbly Wobbly (8th)

Madeline - Magic (2nd)

Milly - Rosie (raced for fun - it was a Robertson's bottle)

Molly - Dumb (13th)

Samuel - Tessa's Boat (11th)

Cambell & Morgan - Bob (5th)


Activities at Cobleland Campsite

Wooden Pendants

The weather is just fabulous which means lots of happy campers enjoying the trees and the fresh air.  After the chocolate Quest we decided to get crafty and here are some lovely pendants the kids came up with.

Jasmine's neclis :-)

Darah's butterfly design, a sea shell was added later.

Lauren's glitterball of a pendant resulted in Will looking like he was ready for an episode of Strictly!

Sophie's ruby encrusted butterfly.

Will can't sit still for long so he came up with this crab face :-).

Magick Wands

Jenni was back this weekend again to add another wand to her collection, also a few lads wanting to know how to do some spells to their Dad's.  I had to inform them that they couldn't use them for mischievous spells though, which includes turning a Dad into a frog!

From left: Max's Oak, Alfie's Oak, Jenni's Hazel, Sam's Oak, Harry's Oak and Samuel's Hazel. Connor made a Hazel wand but suddenly rushed off during spell teaching, obviously couldn't wait to get to work!

Bat Walk

Lovely to see so many people interested in bats and coming along to the bat walk. We had lots of sorprano pipistrelle's showing off their acro'bat'ic abilities above our heads in the trees. We also had some owls screeching on our way back to camp. 

We later heard the Miller family were having fun when they got back to camp with an Egyptian story that I mention when I talk about owls. It is said that if a Pharaoh took a dislike to someone they would send them a picture of an owl in the post.  If you were unlucky enough to receive the owl picture it was expected of you to take your own life and the owl would then be your guide to the otherworld! I think everyone was getting the owl card then :-).


The Wacky Forth Races

This week's contenders..

From left:

Sophie - Frozen Elsa (1st)

Adam - Nothing, Monster Machine (2nd)

Aiden - Carnage (3rd)

Violet - Fluffy (4th)

Eliza, Andrew, Rory - The BFG (5th)

Ooh, they finished all in the order as above!  The wind pushed those with big sails backwards at first, then BFG got caught in an alder tree. Sophie was pleased to win this year after her efforts last year.


Activities at Cobleland Campsite

A fun Chocolate Quest with Sophie, Adam, Isaac and Eliza. One of the forfeits that Isaac had to answer was 'Name five creatures that live in the woods'?  He went on to give names to each of the creatures he could think of, adorable :-).

Here is Sophie's lovely Hazel wand complete with a water faerie/elemental to help her with her future spells.

Lots of people interested in bats tonight for the bat walk, a few extra little ones now that the walk can start a bit earlier with the shorter days. Here is Gavin the bat in action in the moonlight, who proved very eager and hungry for hunting down the moths - who promptly screamed a lot!

Nearly full moon above the River Forth.

 


Magick Wands at Cobleland Campsite

Getting quieter here now that everyone is either preparing to go back to school or are back to normal already. the wand making is still nice and popular though :-)

From left: Sophie' s hazel, Anna's Oak, Erin's Hawthorn, Iona and Seleste's Hazel. That's another of Will's mini wands at the end! Four more hazel wands were out making magick with their new owners before I had a chance to photograph them :-).

 


Wacky Forth Races

Here are this week's contending rafts.

 

From left: 

Jane - The Big Vern (after her Dad's band)

George - The Amazing George Pizza Swing 2nd  (George won a race last year) :-)

Madison & Molly - M&M

Sam & Emma - Doedel

Beth & William - Bee Boat

Rosie - Pirate Deck (1st)

George - Turbo Booster Flash 

 

The race was quite a close one, but thanks to George's raft, Rosie clinched first place!