Had 8 cheeky monkeys for face painting, then the Elliot family were back again after their previous summer visit in July to make some magic wands. Cristina made a rowan wand ready for Halloween as that is the best wand for protection. Cameron and Gordon went for Holly - the best in battle and direction, of course! It would be great if you could get a picture to us of your lovely wands if possible, the lads ran off before I had a chance :-)
|Thanks for sending in the picture Graham :-) From bottom; Gordon's Holly, Cristina's Rowan and Cameron's Holly - Happy spell making*|
Wacky Forth RacesWe had a lovely turn out for the Wacky Forth Races this week too, here's the line up and winners. Most went for team rafts this week..
|From left: Finlay, Olly and Rhys named their raft ROF and came in 7th place. Lauren & Sophie's Pirate Narj came in 6th place.|
|Olivia's & Zara's Party Craft was this weeks winner! Adam & Marcus's Speedy Boat came 3rd.|
Finlay's Morven (named after his little sister :-) came 4th. Cameron's Splatter came 2nd.
Gordon's The Flying Dutchman came 8th and Cristina's Golden Flag came 5th.
And they're off! Getting my trainers and trousers wet to ensure a fair starting line was worth the cold :-)
Bats, Owls & Spooky Tales
The bat walk was fun too, lots of good questions from the kids, including one from Jenny; "how long does it take for a wing to heal if it was ripped"? We like such questions to keep us on our toes! Depending on the extent of damage the wing membrane can heal itself. Here's more information from Wikipedia.....
The wings of bats are much thinner than those of birds, allowing bats to manoeuvre more quickly and more accurately than birds. It is also delicate, ripping easily; however, the tissue of the bat's membrane is able to regrow, such that small tears can heal quickly. The surface of their wings is equipped with touch-sensitive receptors on small bumps called Merkel cells, also found on human fingertips. These sensitive areas are different in bats, as each bump has a tiny hair in the centre, making it even more sensitive and allowing the bat to detect and collect information about the air flowing over its wings, and to fly more efficiently by changing the shape of its wings in response. An additional kind of receptor cell is found in the wing membrane of species that use their wings to catch prey. This receptor cell is sensitive to the stretching of the membrane. The cells are concentrated in areas of the membrane where insects hit the wings when the bats capture them".
Tawny OwlsJenny, following on from our owl conversation - a brown owl is another name for a tawny owl, strange then that in the Brownies you get a brown owl and a tawny owl?