Open Morning Weekend

Oct 05

Whoever said that you should never work with animals or children has clearly never been to Hanford. This weekend was perfect evidence – should any be required – of the joys of working with both.

The Open Morning was filled with wonderful performances: in the Chapel; in the gym; and in the Riding School – which is, of course, where the animals come in. For the first time in my life, I watched vaulting… on horses… by Hanford girls. It was a super finale to an excellent morning. The rest of the day was relatively quiet: the senior girls organised some games on the lawn; there was a swim (in the outdoor pool); the UVI girls set up camp on the former croquet lawn; the girls who were not camping watched a film after supper…

Camping in the rain can actually be quite fun… so long as your tent is waterproof, you have a warm sleeping bag and a roll mat and you have plenty of hot chocolate and marshmallows. While most of the girls were fine on all counts, we had a couple who discovered the importance of a groundsheet or the benefits of closing the tent door… A soggy sleeping bag, however, was not enough to dampen the girls’ spirits. A good time was had by all.

It was lovely to see the chapel so full on Sunday morning for the Harvest thanksgiving service which featured our junior girls. They sang the anthem, read the lessons, said their own prayers and did themselves (and us all) proud. From there, it was time for the Big Weed. Bulbs were planted up the drive and the walled garden was given a serious haircut. If you have not visited the walled garden recently, I would strongly recommend it.

Lunch of soup, cheese, ham, salad and homemade bread was followed by games outside, tuck, packing up of tents, another swim, some tree climbing, time in the computer room… All the while the Lower VI girls were at Mill on the Brue trying the zip wire and building rafts (I think it is fair to say that not all of the rafts were wholly river worthy). Time flies when you are having fun. Before you could blink, it was the end of the day. Supper was followed by a little more tree climbing and then film and bed – bringing another quiet weekend to a close.

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