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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Wacky Forth Races

Despite the drizzly rain (again) the forth river had completely lost it's 'wackiness' and so this weeks race has probably gone down in history as the slowest race ever.  Even 'Milky' one of the rafts was going the wrong way up the river!  Will' did try to pop some stones on the top which worked for a while but got stuck again in the river shoreline. Still good fun of course and thanks to the guys that joined us on this and last night's bat walk - the midges weren't great last night but it meant the bats fab' :-)

This weeks winner - 'Chelsea' Ben's raft, Death Boat with a deathly constant speed down the river, cheese and pineapple anyone?

Second Place is 'Messy' Jessy's 'Sticktastick'. Lovely design and sorry it got wet in the rain x

Third place (although not sure it actually crossed the line after going backwards so many times ;-) is 'Celtic' Ben and Adam's 'Milky'!

Humpty Dumpty tries to help 'Milky' down the river.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Wacky Forth Races

Despite the rain, the river was on the more gentler side of wacky so we were able to race the 9 rafts yehah!  However it did result in my wellies being filled up trying to launch and rescue the rafts after the race - I will have to get some humpty dumpty waders to match Will :-)

Defending champion Lewis was back and builds a new raft with Mark and creates another winner, this time with 'The Black Diver'. Unfortunately the diver fell off - he obviously couldn't wait to get in for a dive! 

Another Lewis, the smallest of three that morning comes an extremely close second with 'The Robin Speedboat' after adapting a previously raced raft.

 Third place is Alex's 'Captain Boat' (above left) sporting a hessian sail. 4th place was Lewis and Adams' The Bat Boat' (below) adapting a previous foam raft and red haired Hannah and Sophia's 'The Floater' pictured above right came through 7th despite being as excellent sturdy floater :-)

 Young Leia's Grape and Apple (excellent name ;-) and Abby's Oasis came through next...
 Last but not least was blonde haired Hannah's 'Butterfly', lovely design but the stone bag for stability fell off and swiftly became an anchor not far from the finish line!

A mention also to Alex's raft 'Dave' (above left) who joined in just for fun as he was a wee one, who came in about midway through the other rafts, I lost count a bit :-)

Humpty Dumpty at the finish line ;-)

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Wacky Forth Races

Overall Winner - Emma's Princess Boat
Unfortunately the river was far too wacky to risk losing the rafts to Edinburgh so we did a floating test and had design competitions, here they are...

Most Creative Raft - Lauren's RAFT (not so creative name though:-)
Best Floater (well it was) - Mia's Fluffy
Best Speed - Mia's The Kipper, this one did want to go to Edinburgh!
Strongest Design - James's 4ltr Devestator who also had the eggxcellent idea of having eggs as sailors to see who survives!
Best Design & Engineering - Ewan's Green Cap
 Safest Passenger - Evan's Epic Evan, although this quickly changed to 'Passenger that had the Best Adrenaline Rush Sailing - he fell off!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Tigh Mor Arts & Rafts

Tigh Mor was blessed with glorious weather which was perfect for our first Arts & Rafts session there during the English School holidays.

Thank you to all that joined us, we loved helping you manifest your imagination into reality.

Will and the creative team
Emile's raft Karabujan (from Tintin's Secrets of the Unicorn) and Mia's Floater
Reece's Samuel and accompanying horse and rider below :-)

Even time for some wand making - remember only good spells chaps or they will backfire three times worse! Wand makers learnt about the wisdom of the trees, how to cut and measure a wand a how to decorate them including the use of an ancient ogham alphabet used by the Celtic Druids.

Emile, Ron Weasley's wand is 12"made from Ash and a unicorn hair :-)

Faye and Hayleigh's raft, Bobabout on an idyllic Loch Achray - Swallows and Amazons comes to mind?
A Clever little fishing sailor

Wacky Forth Races

This weeks excellent entries are below in the order they crossed the finish line.  Congratulations to the winner but also to all of you for your most creative and wacky designs!

Winner - Lewis's 'Sticky', simple and effective!

Joint 2nd - Matthew's Red Devil with carpet sails and Harry's The Milkbottles


4th Place - Euan's Mackintosh, nice dock leaf

Joint 5th Place -Jennifer's Pirates Submarine and Ellies Rainbow with carpeted deck
7th Place - Callum's Caca Cruiser and took the prize for Best Design
8th Place - Oliver's Water Jet
9th Place - Kate's Rocky Raft (rocks in the net for stability)
Last but no means least was Lia's Oasis

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Faerie Treasure Hunt

Thanks to all the girls that came along on a birthday faerie themed treasure hunt, it was great fun :-) Saachi, the birthday girl fancied something different for her 11th birthday so we helped her to achieve this along with her family and updated our treasure hunt at Cobleland Campsite to include tasks, clues to be deciphered, bonus treasure gifts and a final race to the treasure chest.

Pyrography named wooden necklaces

All the girls had a flashing set of faerie wings and a wooden homemade name necklace before choosing the two teams and setting off to find the first clue. They decided on Team Sprites against Team Fireflies!

On the way to Doon Hill for the next clue
The yoga pose Vrksasana, or tree pose - they were so good at this task I had to ask them to close their eyes to get a winner for best balance!

The Ultimate Aim - What's Inside??

All the girls got a wand to choose for completing all the tasks, either rowan, hazel, oak, willow, elder or ash and had lollies and jewellery prizes along the way.
Team Sprites achieved the most points and team Fireflies were first to the final clue and treasure chest.  Thank you to Chillout and The Forth Inn for taking part in the clues :-) Everyone enjoyed a lovely meal at The Forth Inn after running up an appetite - literally, Anne said "this was the most exhausting birthday party she had ever been to". It was definitely exhausting for us too trying to keep up with 8 excited 11 year olds! Great fun :-)