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Day 2 - Tuesday 30th January 2017

After a reasonably quiet evening we woke bright and early ready for our adventures. We had a warming breakfast of pancakes and bacon after our staple cereal and toast. Today was -1 as we woke, which made for a beautiful scene: mist rolling in on the hills and sparkling frost. Half of us headed for the coast today and half of us on ‘River Study’.

The coastal visit is a short drive to Mumbles, where we spent some time looking in rock pools. We found crabs 🦀 of many kinds, shrimps and this year one of us found a juvenile lobster! Very rare. We ate our sandwiches amongst the rocks and forced some fruit down. We had time for a little play on this beautiful beach. Some of us were even brave enough to paddle/soak ourselves in the freezing cold sea. Apparently the wildlife is amazing here compared to LA, but our seas are very cold. We then walked the mile and a bit stretch of coastal path for some spectacular views. Some of us claimed to see a shark 🦈, but others weren’t convinced. We sang our way home and showered off the sand.

Some of us had an impromptu quiz followed by a pasta Bolognese dinner. We also enjoyed a chocolate cake and some cream! We are lucky to have a great local storyteller Daniel Morden, who entertained us with riddles and giggles. It turns out we are quite talented at riddles and solving them. We were all thoroughly impressed. We have just been to the tuck shop to spend our lovely pocket money… Let’s hope we fall asleep promptly!

Wednesday 31st January 2018

A mixed bag of weather today. We were concerned when we were awoken by drumming rain. Luckily that didn’t last as long as the early morning chatter, and the hail stones only lasted for brief moments. It means we did see some snow-capped mountains today.

This morning’s breakfast was eggs and waffles (well, smiley face potato things). Half the group headed on the ‘River Study’, some canoeing, High Ropes, and some down the ‘Big Pit’.

The River Study is following the River Mellte from its source to its mouth (well, almost). We drove in to the mountains and found tributaries and watched them as the changed along our journey. One of us had a brief hair wash in the River. We drove further and looked at how the rocks changed on our journey as well as the River.
We ate our sandwiches and arrived at the main event. The River had carved its way in through the rock and made some fun caves! We had to share them with Army Cadets, so we knew it was the real deal. In we went to face our fears. Turns out, we are very brave and don’t mind small holes, sludge and freezing underground rivers. Some of us were really excited, because ‘We love limestone!’ Apparently we have been some of the most adventurous Year 6 groups for a while!
We were very cold and wet but we still paid a visit to the waterfall. Luckily this is always handy for washing off the sludge...

Tonight we have had chicken curry, vegetables and rice. Followed by apple crumble and custard! We are planning on a Murder Mystery tonight and we are sooooo excited. We have proved to be riddle fanatics so we could be good at this...

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Thursday 1st February 2018

 

Blog to be updated later tonight but here are some photos to get you excited!

So our last full day arrived quicker than we expected... and what a day it was! We filled ourselves with bacon and beans this morning. Lucky it was warm, because the weather was not!

Half of us headed for the coastal visit today, whilst the other half experienced canoeing, High Ropes and The Big Pit. 
Canoeing is tough on the arms and cold on the behinds. We had some races and played some polo. We think the teachers are rather competitive so we took it quite seriously. Unfortunately this meant one of us had to put ourselves on the line and ended up in the canal. That is what happens when you’re determined to win! Success. We all then proceeded to ‘Silly Salmon’ into the canal. 
The Big Pit is an old coal mine turned in to a museum and experience. It is run by miners who have previously worked there and it was fascinating! We kitted up with helmets, head torches and belts. We travelled down in the same old shaft which has been running for years. We learned about coal mining through the ages and the implications on South Wales and the surrounding communities. We were more concerned about the Pit Ponies than anything else, even though we learned about children as young as 5 having to work in the mines. 

This evening, we have packed in: fish chips and peas; jelly and ice cream and a tuck shop. We are now packing, or we are supposed to be... but really, we are making a lot of noise getting ready for the long-awaited D-I-S-C-O. Flossing is on the horizon.
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