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14 August 2014
Another busy weekday here at Cobleland with lots on the Chocolate Quest, Bushcraft & Survival, the Dusk Walk and another mega wand making session!
All chose hazel, except Timmy who chose willow - loads of Aiden's :-)
From left: Sandra, Melissa, Jordan, Aiden, Scarlett, Lucy, Connie, Natalie, Aiden, Oli, Timmy, Aiden, Dawn and Fiona.
Chloe - Chloe's Plane
Abigail - Dusty (2nd)
Emily - LM (1st)
Tyler - The Mean Machine
Malcolm - HMS Maltopia
Roman - Lightening (3rd)
Kaylah & Mason - Mason
Jordan & Haiden - The Rust Bucket
11 August 2014
I'm loving that the wand sessions are fully booked lately - more magick makers spreading good spells around :-).
Everyone chose hazel for their wands except Erin, who chose willow
From left: Inigo, Toli, Joseph, Erin, Ailsa, Connie, Grace, Amber, Francesca, Georgina, Mia and Joseph. Stella and Josephs Dad's wand wasn't pictured, sorry.
Erin stayed for an Ice-Queen face, then Anna had some party balloons on her arm, Evie a unicorn and Ailsa a butterfly, all very pretty.
We survived on this one but alas, the rain was all a bit too much for the bats, so we had to cancel :-(.
09 August 2014
This week's Chocolate Hunt was all about the Moon being that there is another Supermoon tomorrow, then we were off for a Bushcraft & Survival session with four pesky lads fascinated with fire. Luckily their Mum's were keeping them in check, although I'm sure they won't be thanking us as the kids will now be nagging them for a fire steel.
Fourteen lovely wands today made from Willow and Hazel. Morvin was back again, so here's her new willow wand, this time with a water faerie burnt into the wand to help her with her spells.
07 August 2014
A busy day again starting with a Chocolate Quest about insects, then four pesky, giggly lads on Bushcraft and Survival with a real fascination for fire.
Ten magick makers in the tent, here's Morvin Willow wand, complete with a sylph or faerie of the air.
Five wacky rafts for the race and this week they all crossed the line :-)!
Alfie & Masie - The Black Pearl Nae Encatchable (5th)
Dougie - The DJ (3rd)
Meaghan & Imogen - The Cobleland Raft (2nd)
Morvin - Fairy (4th)
Seth - Trouble! (1st)
It was a particularly spooky dusk watch as it seemed to get dark really fast! This was good though as it meant that we could play the night vision game to see if anyone could guess the colour of the crayon before we blew the night vision in one of our eyes to see the difference in how our eyes work in the dark. Morvin just about stayed awake, but she really enjoyed it :-).
04 August 2014
A lovely crowd for Bushcraft today and the sunshine was back out waving hello again :-). Will was obviously feeling pesky as he tricked Alistair when he had just tucked into a juicy bit of wood sorrel later saying that it was deadly poisonous! Obviously wild foods are not to be taken lightly when it comes to identifying them, so here is a picture. The pretty droopy white flower comes out in the spring, but you can eat the green leaves all year.
Wood sorrel is also known as Lady's Sorrel due to the heart shaped leaves, or apple leaf as it tastes like zingy apple skin. Remember not to eat too much due to the oxalic acid content which by the way can help to clear up athletes foot a treat! Also said to have been used by Red Indians to help their horses run faster :-). It can also be used to make an old fashioned lemonade drink which is really refreshing. Wood Sorrel is a good indicator of healthy, undisturbed forests and there's lots around here :-).
Just three on the bat walk tonight, but it is always worthwhile and we met a lovely family from Cornwall. Shianne especially had great fun hunting for bats...until her feet got wet!
31 July 2014
A busy day here, the sun was shining as lots of Commonwealth Games visitors about!
Eleven chocolate hungry kids wanting to learn about nature along the way, all successfully winning the chocolate without too many forfeits!
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!
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!
From left: Rosie, Robbie, Aiden, Eilidh, Fraser and Olivia, Will all choosing Willow.
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 :-)
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!
28 July 2014
This weeks mystical wands...
From left: Tyla's Willow, Romy's Silver Birch, Troy's Willow and Anna's Willow.
Anna and Sophie went for the same design, maybe they needed cooling off with the snowflake after all this lovely sunshine!
Eleven bat hunters joined us tonight and we were lucky enough to watch a Mum leading her baby pup pip' around the grounds in the search of midges - of which there was plenty to choose from :-). They must be good to eat seen as bat's hearts can pump out the equivalent number of beats that would take us humans three hundred years to pump out! These bats can live for 16 years and their hearts can beat up to 600 beats per minute whilst hunting on the wing and just 10 bpm while in their winter torpid states - clever!
26 July 2014
De ja vous and here we are again, two days later :-).
This time the quest theme was toads and four little toads joined us and did rather well answering questions (especially Nina) about them after finding chocolate tickets in Teapot Wood. Did you know that toads shed their skin in the summer and actually eat it afterwards!
Lovely to see Harry, Angela and Mum and Dad again this year to see how much they remembered about wild foods. We did come across this lovely mushroom just outside the campsite. We think it's a tawny grisette, edible BUT part of the Amanita family which are mostly deadly poisonous so not worth risking! Remember, if in doubt, leave it out!!! You can tell Amanitas from the cup shape vulva at the bottom if the stem.
From left; Rebecca was back to make a Silver Birch wand, Janet a Hazel, Billy - Willow, Zoe - Hazel, Elliot - Willow and Finley - Willow. Ooh and Will made yet another small wand.
We had to cancel the Cobleland-Wealth Games unfortunately due to rain so instead some of the kids painted up some arrows for the mileage post at the ranger tent, which will point to where they live once we put them up!
A great walk for bats as there were lots of midges out after this afternoons rain. Georgie and her Mum Susan have probably broken a record for the most amount of bat walks in a short period of time coming on no less than four in a row. Georgie managed to remember a lot of the bat facts so she might be running them before long :-). Richard made a great bat for the bat and moth game, but the moths were extra fast which meant he went hungry tonight!
24 July 2014
Nice and busy here now that the Commonwealth Games have started nearby in Glasgow, but I think everyone was there as there were only three for the Chocolate Quest today. This week's subject to answer nature questions was insects. Did you know that mosquitoes kill more people a year than any other animal species in the world put together! But we love insects as they all have a place in the world helping to create a healthy balance :-).
I think the grown-ups wanted a rest so we ran a kids version of this with Frankie, Sarah and Georgie. Sarah made me laugh when she said that she thought Will sounded like a cockney farmer :-). This makes sense actually as most people think that he is from the west country, but the Pompey or little London twang must make him sound from London too. After learning about some edible plants and insects we all jpined hands and hugged one of the massive Douglas Firs to say thank you for all the tea that we make from it's needles. We then made a couple of dens, Georgie and myself made a cupboard to keep some wood sorrel and and a little fence.
Here are some of today's magickal wands.
From left: Amy's Willow, Janet's Oak (Rebecca's Mum) and Rebecca's Willow wands.Esmee, Georgie and Susie also made Willow wands and Oliver a hazel wand - hopefully he can now do a spell to speed up his recovery of a broken arm after slipping on a magazine at home!
Georgie - Fast Boat (6th)
Lewis - The Awesome Lego Movie (3rd)
Charlie - The Coke Boat (1st)
Harry - Bob (9th)
Molly - Casandra (8th)
Cara - Milky (4th)
Frankie - The Bat Machine (5th)
Sarah - The Fur Machine (7th)
Amy & Rebecca - Team Potato (2nd) pictured below - loving the peace sign :-)
Lots for the bat walk which meant that we could have a good old game of bat and moth! Cara, Molly, Charlie and Harry's Dad Nicky pulled the short straw and had the task of eating all the moths :-)
We had a lovely Bushcraft session and met some guys from our neck of the woods in Portsmouth, so it was quite surreal to hear a familiar accent again :-).
Here is this week's bat, John doing a splendid job demonstrating the bat's anatomy.