We have had four seasons in one day today, in fact in one hour! We woke up to find that most of the snow was away and the sun was shining, still a bit chilly but not quite so many layers needed (for some people). We had some heavy rain and hailstones before lunch but the remainder of the day was fine.
Today’s adventures have included Biking, Gorge Walking, Caving, Shore Scrambling, High Ropes, Climbing/Abseiling and the Forest Walk. Luckily our waterproofs had dried out overnight so we got kitted out and were on our way quickly following a very popular breakfast of sausages and baked beans and the dorm inspection where some rooms managed 10 out of 10 (take note mums and dads they now know how to make beds, keep clothes tidy and use the hoover!)
Caving was back on the adventure schedule today after having to be cancelled yesterday as the road to get there was blocked with snow. We discovered that you can fit through some very small spaces when you wiggle the right way and that even if you are scared you can overcome the fear and do it anyway with the help of some friends and your trusty head torch. Several groups also enjoyed some wet adventures in the gorge, making their way under the Stone of Africa and through the keyhole. For some people the wet came from puddles when parting company from their mountain bike. It’s never really a good idea to stop pedalling when heading up a hill!! The best part of the day was that no matter how wet or muddy they became, the smiles never moved far from the faces of the children or adults.
One group had the chance to go shore scrambling on the rocks along Ardentinny, this involved literally scrambling along and over the cliff face stopping along the way to have a look in some rockpools at some sea creatures before stopping to search for pearls in the cracks between the rocks. We learned that you get pearls from the inside of mussels, clams and oysters. Mrs Rees found enough for a very small earring but probably not one big enough to stop working any time soon!!
After dinner tonight we joined up with Yester Primary School again for a Scavenger Hunt where among a few things to be found were something old (the teachers didn’t count), something slimy (your tongue didn’t count), 3 types of cones (no ice creams available) and something that had never been alive.
As we write this up the children are all fast asleep following a long and eventful day dreaming about their last few activities and the all important last night disco. Mr McCann and Mr Thomas however are busy trying to thrash each other at table tennis, we can hear the roars from here but as it stands we aren’t sure if they are roars of celebration or despair!!
“I’ve tried caving, don’t think I’ll be doing it again!!” Rebecca
“Abseiling was quite scary but I was really proud of myself after I had done it” Nadiyya
“I was fine at the top of the telegraph pole until Mrs Rees came up and was shaking so much she nearly knocked me off!” Emma
“I managed to abseil and conquered my fear of heights, it was such a spectatcle that a whole bus load of people stopped to watch and encouragement was offered from a well known Welsh voice!” Mrs Idle
“I’ve done the gorge walk, caving and forest walk all in one today, this isn’t what Morna did with us last year!” Mr Reid
“Shore scrambling was a new experience where the children’s new found confidence in their ability to tackle challenges meant they saw the whole experience as an adventure” Mrs Wilson