Activities are getting quieter now, but still lovely to see returning families to the site. One particular family did the Bushcraft with us and already knew lots of wild foods and bushcraft tips, hurrah!
So, can you use 'old man's beard' as a cure for baldness? Stick to using it for fire lighting I think!!
Lots of people still making the wands and wanting to learn some magick.
There were eleven wand makers, here's just three of them, from left: George, Rory and Eva, everyone chose Hazel this week.
The bat walk was fun as ever, here is Colin about to charge the moths! It's starting to get chilly at night now but the bats were in the warmth and shelter of the forest nicely scoffing away on insects.
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.
Wacky Forth Races
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 :-).
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!
Wacky Forth Races
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 :-)