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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.


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

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.

 


Bat Walk at Tigh Mor

Here is Nick the Bat, just before attempting to eat all those little moths.


Activities at Cobleland Campsite

The rain was still on and had made the river forth too wacky to race on, so we did another Chocolate Quest, this time about Trees.  We just about had enough chocolate bars, phew.  Ever since Aiden said about the number 13 (as he was born on Friday 13th) I keep seeing that number - 13 on this session and 13 on the wand session this afternoon.  It's been lucky so far though :-).

 


Activities at Cobleland Campsite

What is it with Saturdays and rain lately??

We had lots for the Chocolate Quest answering questions on insects, everything else was rained off except for some magick wand making in the cosy fairy -lit ranger tent.

Eilidh's Willow wand.

Aiden's Willow wand - the other six escaped in an attempt to dodge the raindrops.  It had even started to rain in the tent!

Another of Will's mini wands, complete with stand.


Activities at Cobleland Campsite

A busy day here, the sun was shining as lots of Commonwealth Games visitors about!

Chocolate Quest

Eleven chocolate hungry kids wanting to learn about nature along the way, all successfully winning the chocolate without too many forfeits! 

Bushcraft

Ten budding survivalists this week and for those lucky ones who want to pursue this interest (and if you ask nicely), Will might just make you a bow and arrow.  Harry, Angela, Eilidh and Aiden seem to be really chuffed with theirs!

Cobleland-Wealth Games

It appears most were watching the real thing, but four upcoming athletes were at a loose end so decided to compete. After the following heats: Running, Egg and Spoon, Balance a Bean Bag on Your Head, Welly Throwing, Sack Race, Three Legged, Relay and Tug of War (all with parents), Billy took the Gold medal with 25 points, Robbie the Silver medal with 21 points and joint Bronze with 18 points was Zoe and Elliot. Well done, whoop whoop :-)!

Just for fun, the kids wanted to take on Will for a Tug of War... and then we all joined in until we all got rope burns - ouch!

Magick Wands

From left: Rosie, Robbie, Aiden, Eilidh, Fraser and Olivia, Will all choosing Willow.

Wacky Forth Races

What a line up, here goes, from left:

Rosie - Bird

Robbie - Ocean

Eilidh - The Heart Cracker

Morgane - The Black Pearl

Alison - Dragon

Angela - Flower Power

Billy - Bilbo

Zoe - The Fairy Boat

Elliot - Valhalla

Grace - The Bottle Banger

Boyd - Iron Man II

George - Creeper (1st)

Anne-Fleur & Gilia - Wind Boat

James - The Epic (2nd)

With just two crossing the line again as the wind was going against a slow trickle of water so those with big sails had a disadvantage - but looked nice :-)

Bat Walk

Great number of bat lovers tonight and lots of bats to say hi, we even saw a hedgehog, the first time ever on a night walk in 6 years!


Activities at Cobleland Campsite

Darn it, the rain is back but that doesn't stop the fun here at Cobleland!

Chocolate Quest

Jenny and Ella-Grace, also regulars Darah & Jasmine joined us for the chocolate hunt - this weeks quest theme was the Moon.  This is Will's favourite subject and we thought it was fitting as the Supermoon, one of three this year was last week, also its the 45th anniversary of the moon landing.  I learnt something too, I had no idea the first animal in space was a tortoise! Poor thing was actually fired off to the moon to crach into it :-(. I always thought it was a dog then a monkey. 

Magick Wands 

This was a hectic one! But, my magickal helpers helped me out by switching the Harry Potter music to meditation music to help to chill everyone out a bit :-).

Gilbert and Florence's Silver Birch and Hazel wands. Florence's wand had an unusual split in the top which made for an impressive snake design.

Jenny's hazel wand, complete with butterfly, bear and dog energy for extra magick.

The others escaped the tent before I had a chance to photograph them but Ella-Grace went for protective Rowan, and Frankie, Sarah, Darah, Jasmine, Abbie, Lewis and Georgie all went for Hazel.

Bat Walk

It was too wet for the bat walk, but we still went out for half an hour with Jenny and her Dad, Graham as they came on our walk last year and had bought a bat detector to try out. We hunted out a few bats though despite getting wet feet and midgey bites.

 


Cobleland Activities

Now that the weather is delightful, the campsite is nice and full with holiday makers, so we ran some mid-week activities starting off with another Chocolate Hunt.  Georgie, Lewis, Murray and the twins (Darah & Jasmine) succesfully completed the quest answering questions about Tree's and winning a lovely big bar of choc'.

 

From left: Will's tiny Hazel wand, Harris's Hazel, Iona's Hawthorn, Eilidh's Hazel and Mairi's Hazel wands.

Louise made an excellent Batfink on the bat walk!

Nearly full moon, soon the water bats will be out!