All Hallows camping trip was a lot of fun this year at Slellingford water mill, near Ripon. Over 20 people joined the bunnies to camp next to the river. After a pretty wet start and a pretty walk to the play park and pub, the sun finally put his hat on and the boats came out! Not only did we successfully navigate up and down the river in a dingy and inflatable kayak (which we all loved) some people went swimming and avoided being eaten by a vicious pike. Which actually ended up being a log, but it was still high drama!
A BBQ was needed to calm us down after all the excitement which was followed by a dance routine and talent show from the children, including 3 year old Aiden and a cat bag. But no bunnies.
Burj the BBQ expert dressed for the Antarctic
Is it ready yet Burj?
Synchronized Sarah and Hannah
Kayak causes havoc with swimmers
Safely approaching land
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Who is rescuing who?
A number of the All Hallows community were at Greenbelt this year experiencing the joys of fresh grass, mud, camping, music, the arts and fruitcake!
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A huge thanks to everyone who came to Kettlewell for a great weekend of river walks, yabby/ crayfish hunting, Thor cuddling and rock and roll dancing!
Personal highlights were playing dizzy sticks with the kids, the communal BBQ, trying to erect our brand new church gazebo in a minor tornado and waking up to our 8 year old and 4 year old playing a coal related adjective game! Randomly wonderful!
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All Hallows’ very first camping trip (in living memory!) was a lot of fun. Children encouraged grown ups not only into the river but one of them (any guesses who?) coaxed adults into throwing themselves off a very high rope swing! We also enjoyed river walks, ‘mountain’ walks, walks to the loo, not many walks to the shower. You get the picture.
A communal BBQ and giant marshmallow toasting on sat night were followed by touching songs around the camp fire. We had time to hear some very beautiful performances before the rain ended the party. Those of us who are musically challenged breathed a sigh of relief that we had been spared the ordeal.
Sunday morning worship was also very beautiful with people giving thanks for everything from the river ( brought in a small cups by some of the children) to the sense of family. We think we should make our family holiday every year the weekend after the kids break up. Any takers?
Love Hannah x
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