Dam Busters

I had a go at introducing a wee bit of technology to-day with the intended outcome of building a dam.

Well…. the technology was as basic as a shovel and Nature’s best stones, wood and water to be exact whilst the experience was simply to use the available resources to construct a dam.

I didn’t appreciate how much ‘out-of-the-comfort-zone’ such an activity might be although the dismantling bit at the end

needed no second effort to engage the youngsters’ enthusiasm!

Green Clough and Hare Hill

This was one of the excursions which just worked – sun and snow with strong buffeting westerly winds and a dog which just loved jumping to catch snowballs!

We walked between two layers of our Earth which had been tipped 90degrees onto their side and then worn away at the join with ‘grey rocks’ to our left and ‘red’ rocks to our right.
A climb beside a waterfall

and a blast of winter

before an amble down a magnificent row of Beech trees marking the historic estate history of Bavelaw.
Thank heavens for wellies as there would have been one very disgruntled bunny wading

through a bog of horrendous proportions.

The Binns

Just introducing the name of where we were going on Monday brought the quick reaction, “I’mno raking in any bin!”.All of which was a long way from what turned out to be a superbly still and not too cold afternoon to take the short woodland walk up to the folly and Trig. point.

It’s quite thought provoking that here is a small country estate with hundreds of acres only a (sizeable) stone’s throw from some of Forth Valley’s deepest social poverty: but then the UK is pock-marked by the pairing of abject poverty and unadulterated wealth and this estate just shows how important it is to maintain and improve access into the countryside & wilder lands of our small islands.
Our younger generations will only develop a sense of belonging if they can go into the open spaces without fear of being ejected or coralled.
(Here endeth the social lesson for today!)

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