51 Try archery.
B recently became a Beaver Scout. He loves it. They have a very full and varied programme of events, which seems to necessitate a fair bit of hands-on involvement from parents: on my part, so far, an evening wander up to the Pepper Pot, an orienteering event on Sizergh Fell and, last weekend, on a gloriously warm and sunny day, a trip to the Scout’s camp ground near Littledale on the edge of the Forest of Bowland. None of which has been a hardship; all very pleasurable in fact. Little S is not old enough to be a Beaver Scout yet, but was allowed to tag along – that’s him struggling to pull back the bow string in the photo above.
47 Cook on a campfire.
Okay, that’s already on the list. They cooked marshmallows, squished them between chocolate digestives – hot Wagon Wheel sandwich. (I’m not sure that Wagon Wheels are quite the staple that they were in the seventies – I don’t think the kids got the reference).
Here’s another one which is already on the list:
46 Try bouldering.
The campsite is idyllic, woodland with open, grassy camping areas and the beautiful Artle Beck running through it.
52 Make and sail an origami boat.
Hmmm…paper boats: I suppose Thor Heyerdahl’s boat Ra was built from Papyrus. Ours soaked up water in an alarming way. S enjoyed sailing it though. He even insisted on bringing it home, despite my protestations that we could make another one if need be.
Did B enjoy his day?
We all did.
There was some mention of a return visit for a lad’s-and-dad’s camp. Can’t wait.
Later that day, after our evening meal (we call it tea: Henry Higgins types will now be able to place our origins both geographically and socially) the kids insisted on a walk to the Pepper Pot.
On the way up we spotted this round, shiny beetle on some cow parsley…
Being rounded and shiny it’s probably a leaf beetle. There are over 250 British species. I have no idea which this might be.