Beaulieu Blog 2020

Friday 13th March 2020

The children had a really good time doing their shelter building yesterday morning.  Some children built shelters that were more like mansions whereas others went for a smaller type of accommodation! After lunch which consisted of sandwiches/wraps, fruit and flapjacks they did their orienteering which went really well and none of the children got lost!!

 

After a walk back to the Centre the usual farm duties were completed before the children sat down to play games in the conservatory.  The evening meal last night was pizza and chips followed by waffles, bananas and maple syrup.  Needless to say the children thoroughly enjoyed their meal and there were a lot of full tummies!   Then it was time for the talent show to begin!  Mrs Whitehouse said that it was really good – some funny comedy acts, a magic act and a cup stacking act. Everyone had a great night!  All were in bed by about 9.15 pm and asleep by 9.45 pm.

 

This morning the children were up nice and early to do last minute packing before the morning duties and final “goodbyes” to the animals. After breakfast, consisting of cereal, croissants, toast and juice, the children have gone to the Beaulieu Motor Museum to see all the exhibitions.  A great week has been had by all.             

                                                      

Mrs Whitehouse is aiming to leave the Beaulieu Motor Museum by 2.30 pm and have the children back at school around 4.00 pm – traffic permitting.

 

 

Thursday 12th March 2020

Yesterday the children went to the Maritime Museum at Buckler’s Hard.   They learnt about Lord Nelson and how he had died at sea and was stored in brandy and then when the ship had returned to shore the sailors drank the brandy to toast their hero!  They also compared living conditions of shipwrights and labourers.

 

The morning activities were followed by lunch which consisted of a sausage roll or chicken pastie, fruit and a piece of cake followed by a run around in the gardens.

 

In the afternoon the children spent time at Beaulieu Village comparing Beaulieu with Finchampstead.  They then walked back to the Centre in time to do the evening duties before dinner.  The meal last night was pasta bolognese and garlic bread followed by treacle pudding and custard.  After dinner the children enjoyed the “Beaulieu Quiz” which tested how much they had learnt whilst they have been at the Centre.

 

After another busy day, it was lights out by 9.15 pm and all were sound asleep by 9.45 pm.

 

Breakfast this morning was bacon, hash browns, cereal and toast.  The weather today is sunny with some showers and slightly windy but this will not stop our intrepid explorers who will be walking to the tree house where they will do den building and have their lunch before going off in the afternoon to do their orienteering in Hartford Wood.

 

The children are having a fabulous time and they are all very excited about tonight’s talent show.

Wednesday 11th March 2020

Yesterday afternoon the children had great fun completing their senses activities which included finding pots with essences in them and identifying the different smells of mint, vinegar, lemon and coffee.  Following the afternoon activities the children returned to the farm for duties and then enjoyed a hearty roast chicken dinner followed by chocolate brownies. 

 

Later that evening, the children enjoyed singing songs and toasting some marshmallows round the camp fire.  Needless to say they were all quite tired after their busy day and settled down well at bedtime.  All were in bed and asleep by 9.45 pm.  Everyone slept well (including the adults!).

 

This morning the children awoke to a lovely sunny, dry day.  Once duties were all completed it was time for breakfast.  On the breakfast menu today was cereal, toast and pancakes with syrup together with fresh apple juice which was made from the apples in the orchard on the farm.   After breakfast the children went to Buckler’s Hard – visiting the museum and houses before stopping for a picnic lunch.  This afternoon the children will visit Beaulieu Village before making their way back to the Centre.

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Yesterday, the children enjoyed their first day at the Centre.  After having lunch the children had a tour of the farm and were introduced to all the animals including cows, pigs, geese, ducks, goats, sheep and some beautiful rare breed of chickens.   The children were excited to see how the farm works and had fun visiting the orchard, finding their bearings and meeting the staff. 

 

After a busy afternoon everyone returned to the Centre and enjoyed sausage and mash.  Once the evening farm duties were complete the children had a lovely time playing games and writing letters home, followed by a hot chocolate and bedtime story.  They were all tucked up in bed and asleep by 10.30pm. 

 

Everyone slept well and there were no early risers!  With bedrooms neat and tidy, the children had breakfast, which this morning was cereal, toast and scrambled eggs, before embarking on their morning duties.  They have been complimented on their calmness around the animals and on the very good questions that they have been asking. 

            

The children will be doing their River Study and Sense activities today.   There will also be an extra visitor as Mr Stickells, in his capacity as Governor, is spending the day with the children.  Hopefully he too will enjoy the “Beaulieu Experience”!  The children will be enjoying lunch at the tree house today and then a walk back to the Centre. 

 

All the children are looking forward to tonight's activity around the camp fire where they will sing songs and toast marshmallows.  

Thankfully the weather has been kind and we keep our fingers crossed that tomorrow remains dry and not too windy.   

Monday 9th March 2020

Mrs Whitehouse telephoned this morning to say that they had all arrived safely at Beaulieu at 11.30 am after having a really good journey down to the Centre. 

 

They stopped off at Bolton’s Bench and the children had great fun running up and down the huge hill letting off plenty of steam even though the ground was slightly boggy.  It was then time to get back on the coach again to finish the final part of their journey to Beaulieu. 

 

Once they arrived at the Centre there was an introduction about the basic rules eg wearing slippers indoors, behaviour etc.  They then unpacked their cases and they also attempted to make their beds (some better than others!). It really was a hive of activity.

 

After lunch, which today was chicken burger and salad, the children were going to have a tour of the farm, meet all the inhabitants and do team games.   It is the first time that they will get to wear their “designer” boiler suits. 

 

The weather is cold but fine – at least it is not raining !   Everyone is very happy and excited about being at Beaulieu.

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