LJ 2008-06-22 21:09:00

Jun 22nd, 2008 | Filed under LiveJournal Import

This all comes from a little note-book type thing I found today.. It’s from a school trip in 1993 (when I was but 11 tender years old):

When I first saw the farm I thought that it was going to be very boring. Until I saw the inside it looked like a boring place to stay. Once inside it looked very modern. I think it will be fun and I’m looking forward to Wednesday. It looks like it will be loads of fun.
Rather brief, James

11/5/93 Tuesday Day 2 Dovedale
We did a walk along one of the most beautiful areas of Dovedale. At one point we just stopped and listened to all the noises. Dovedale is the second most peaceful place I know. I think it is really tranquill. We walked nearly 4 miles and saw lots of beautiful wildlife including moorhens and coots. We saw the lions head rock and dove holes. We started in milldale and walked alongside the river dove.

15/5/93 Wednesday Day 3
Today we went to teggs nose to do rock climbing, abseiling and orienteering. On the coach I didn’t want to do the abseiling but when I saw the rockface I changed my mind. Just before I did it I remembered that I had a fear of hights and didn’t want to do it. When it begun I was alright but still not 100% happy about it. When I got to the bottom I said I would never do it again, I lied, I did it 1 more time.

At Tegg’s Nose we did rock climbing and at first I was rather scared. I tried not to look down, because 20-40ft is VERY high if you have a fear of hights. We had to climb 30 of the 50 feet rock face, to touch a carabina clip. Once we touched the clip we had to walk backwards to the ground (horizontal) with our hands on our heads for 10ft and then use them for balance. I think I now know what its like to be the easter bunny because we could bounce back down.

We also did Orienteering. It was great fun running around like headless chickens in a farmyard, running aimlessly. We stumbled on lots of poles but most of them looked like fence posts and we went past them. We had 1 hour and 5 minutes to find 26 posts of which we found 11. There were 3 rounds and I was in the 2nd round, we came joint 5th (there were 6 teams) but we beat the 2nd place team from round 1 by 1 point.

White peak, limestone, lots of fossils
Dark peak, sandstone / gritstone, dark heather

The dorms were great and our dorm won a prize for being the cleanest. We were in a dorm with space for 10 people though we had 8 in ours. Sometimes the girls in the dorm above us jumped on the floor in the mornings. The girls came granny knocking and so we devised a scheme to get them. It worked but only because we worked as a team. The secret to a good dorm is working together and co-operating. The people in our dorm were: James T, Adam J, Daniel S, Craig H, Matthew T, Ashley D and Allan E.

Here is a diary I secretly kept of night activities.
Monday: Trow was making lots of noise. Got to sleep post pm.
Tuesday: All quiet, dorm 8 first to settle. Asleep by 11.
Wednesday: Tommy invents “Night Night Willy” joke. Adam nearly dies of laughter. Asleep post pm.
Thursday: Have midnight pigout, Tommy’s joke no longer works. Asleep pre 11, wake 1:30 back sleep pre 2:15

Panning instructions
1. Collect pan from counter in the shop
2. If needed, buy a gem pack
3. Goto the panning pool outside (ed: you can tell that at this age I was doing programming, because of using “goto” as one word)
4. If not yet done, empty pack into pan
5. Put some water into the pan
6. Swish water around until murky
7. Pour off water
8. Repeat steps 5-7 until gems are retrievable
9. Collect gems
10. Shake off excess mud and pick up the other stones
11. Give the pan back
12. Identify gems
13. Display them at your house
14. Monitor gems for signs of growth

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