Today we woke up to blue skies and dined alfresco on fluffy pancakes straight off the griddle full of fresh berries, bananas and raisins. After breakfast it was time to get into activity groups for the day and get started. Some went to the Archery range where Charlie was waiting to teach them how to shoot a bow and arrow safely and with precision! There's a lot to think about from how to load the arrow, which hand to hold the bow in depending on your dominant eye and just how far to pull the string back in order to propel the arrow towards the target!
Others headed out for a forage along the hedgerows with Briony searching for plants which can yield pigment for dyeing. After collecting a selection of leaves, petals, buds and seeds it was time to head back to base and use them to dye a strip of silk which, after being bundle dyed, was transformed into a beautiful and vibrantly coloured bandana.
Ella was also on site today with paints, silk screens, squidgies to create a mobile silk screen print studio where environmental adventurers were able to make bespoke, hand designed and silk screen printed t-shirts to take home.
A hearty dinner of bangers of mash was cooked up by the chefs and some campers enjoyed their first ever experience of eating courgette which was harvested fresh from the garden. After dinner it was time to head out on a dusk walk - we had intended to see some bats but got more than we bargained for when we bumped into the Woodsman and were lead on a journey through the forest, learning about the trees as we went before arriving by the lake where the Woodsman shared a very special story with everyone. Tomorrow Tristan will arrive ready to do some forging and Tree will return with her trapeze to teach some aerial dance skills. We'll also be stone carving, making Bushcraft projectiles and green woodworking. Time to get some sleep ahead of another busy day!