Happy Birthday Christopher!

Today, Jamie and myself were woken up to Primary 7’s angelic singing, “Happy Birthday dear Christopher…” which is certainly a new 7:00am alarm call for me!
We’ve had a mixed bag of weather today, heavy rain in the morning and gorgeous sunshine in the afternoon. However, spirits were high and the children had yet another fun filled day.

Group One
We headed down to breakfast at 8:30am this morning. We had cereal and cooked breakfast. Afterwards, at 9:00am we went into the field studies room and spoke about our morning activity. Our first activity was climbing and abseiling. We did this in the indoor climbing walls because it was so wet and windy outside. We had lunch at 1:00pm – soup and sarnies. Afterwards, we met again in the field studies room and spoke about the gorge walk. We left the centre about 2:00pm and travelled a couple of miles in the mini-bus. We set off through a grave-yard and had a look at some famous names on headstones (happy topic) then got to the bottom of the gorge. We climbed up the gorge, in the water, out the water, under the water, on slabs, rock faces, through rocks and up ropes! Half way up we got to slide down part of a water-fall (Miss McNicoll as well!) and slightly further on got to the part of the gorge known as the ‘key-hole’. We had to climb through a gap in the rocks with water lashing onto our heads and faces. Then we had to slide ourselves carefully between to slab faces. We got to the top of the gorge and walked back down through lots of mud!

Group Two
This morning, we met in the common room to discuss our morning activity. We were told that we were going to do gorge walking first and rock climbing in the afternoon. We got dressed in warm clothes and put our water-proofs on top. We went out to the mini-bus and were taken to a forest. We walked through a graveyard and went down some steps. The steps led us to the start of the gorge. As we went on, there was lots of water splashing down on us- there has been a lot of rainfall over here! We climbed through the water and on rocks. We got to slide down the waterfall and climb through a gap in the rocks with water splahing our faces. We crossed over the gorge and climbed back down through the forest.
This afternoon we went rock climbing. We started off inside and played some rock-climbing games. We also did some climbs and abseils. When we went outside we walked to a huge cliff face and climbed up to the top and then abseiled back down.

There was a huge surprise at tea and cake this afternoon, when the Benmore staff produced an amazing chocolate cake for Christopher’s Birthday. This time our singing multiplied as we were helped by Corn Bank, a group of Primary 6 pupils from Penicuik.

Tonight’s dinner menu consisted of Fish and chips followed by jelly and ice-cream, full tummies and lots of energy for biking and forest walking tomorrow.










Group One will feature in tomorrow’s blog- having problems with one of our cameras, sorry.

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4 Responses to Happy Birthday Christopher!

  1. Catherine Goldsmith says:

    Wow…what an action packed day despite the weather!! Hope you’ve all had loads of fun and Happy Birthday Christopher…sounds like your special day hasn’t been forgotten! Sleep well tonight and hope that sun shines for you all tomorrow! Love Catherine, George and Ella XXX

  2. Nick Bland says:

    Great to hear about your exciting adventures and to see photos of you all in your gear. The gorge walk looks like it was fun. Looking forward to reading about the cycling and forest walking tomorrow. Fingers crossed for a dry day.

    Love to Murron from us all, Nick, Anita, Rowan and Sam from Aberdeen. Xx

  3. Sally Wilson says:

    Happy Birthday Christopher! So good to see all your smiling faces, especially in the waterfall! It looks like so much fun. Paddy, the fish are the same as usual and Pheobe is still sleeping on your bed. Much love Mum, Dad, Evie, Pheobe and the fish x

  4. Christian says:

    Sounds like you had a very special birthday Christopher and how wonderful that the others sang “happy birthday” to you but, probably more surprising for you was that it was only 7ยท00am!!!!!!
    Pictures look fantastic, looks like an amazing time is being had by all.

    With love from Christian xxx

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