Anglesey Blog - Day 4
Day Four went well despite the weather. As I was en-route to the gorge I asked Group A to join in with the blog and here are a range of the comments I received. “My favourite activity was coasteering because I loved jumping off the cliff into the sea which is really fun.” “My favourite activity was mountain biking because it is very challenging. I also enjoyed sailing because we had control of the main sheet.” “My favourite activity was coasteering because I loved climbing along the cliffs and then jumping back into the water; it was also good because it was sunny! I also loved kayaking where me and my friend shared a double boat and we did a treasure hunt. We had right fun.” “My favourite time is when we all bond together and help each other out when we need it. Also coasteering because that was the first activity we had together. “My favourite activity so far was climbing because we all helped and encouraged each other.” “My favourite activity so far was sailing because it is fun to have control of your own boat. We did capsize a lot and lost a wet shoe.” “I love being in such a lovely group. We all get on so well and have bonded together wonderfully. I am an adrenaline junkie and won’t say no to anything. I love to have a go at everything. After all… what’s the worst that can happen? This was my mind-set for coasteering, my favourite activity: launching myself off towering cliffs into jellyfish infested water; choking on the overpowering taste of salt-water; trying to stay afloat amidst the waves to make sure that everyone had that perfect mid-air shot. Everyone was helping each other to scramble over slimy seaweed-filled rock surfaces, encouraging each other to attempt the jumps. Everyone was so brave and this made us leaders very proud”
As you can tell, the personal achievements of the young people on the trip are huge. They are challenged in many ways to stretch their boundaries physically, mentally and emotionally. As I write this I am sitting watching the students in the pool at the local leisure centre. We could just let them swim, float, jump, play-fight and natter… but that is not the Anglesey way! There is also a kayak where each student is doing a capsize drill, being turned upside down and escaping from the cockpit. This is a real barrier for some of the students as the expression on the face of the current ‘capsizer’ attests!
The weather today was truly terrible. Those on the ‘dry activities’ seemed to come home no dryer than those on the traditional ‘wet’ activities. It was a good day to be on the bus to the gorge…. Despite this the spirit of the children is amazing. They have participated with no real complaint despite the inclement weather – they have really shown their mettle.
We have been blessed again with a lack of serious injury or illness. A few bumps and scrapes are inevitable. I would sum this up with a few words that one girl said this evening. She had a nasty graze during her cycling session. This was shrugged off with, “It’s just a scratch.” Before launching into the next activity.
I am always immensely proud of the young people and their achievements and this year is no exception.
Anglesey Blog Day 2
With many thanks to our guest bloggers today:
Georgia Duffy, Laura Patterson, Ellie O'Neill and Abigail Riddle. There were only minor edits by Mr Belleini.
It was rise and shine in the Anglesey household, the sun was shining through our curtains, it was a great morning call. Wow, it was warm and we were tired. Although a skive of breakfast was considered, we roused ourselves to face another activity-filled day. After a full English (Welsh according to Stan the Cook) breakfast we were energised and ready to go mountain biking, coasteering, to sit on tops and gorge walking.
My good old friend Georgia was in the wars today, this is how the story goes "I jumped into the sea, when I emerged from under the depths of the water strewn with jellyfish, a current abducted me and dragged my fragile, weak body across the razor sharp rocks." That's how Georgia bruised her hip.
So we got lost... "Driving to the climbing wall, Mr Smith driving, I was in the passenger seat. Stumbled across unruly road, assuming this was the wrong road, we pulled a U turn... This was the first of many. We headed along a road that was unknown to us, ending up in a housing estate. Fortunately, I was blessed to have 3G so I google map my way to the climbing wall to meet our instructor Ryan. It only took 3 U turns, 3 stalls and we were at our destination. P.S I've lost my voice and have mutated into a walrus through the night" Abigail Riddle.
"I slipped on a rock, I stood up. I slipped on another rock this became the repetitive cycle of the day. But don't worry I live to tell the tale"
It has been great today to see the young people drawing closer together across the age groups. The evening reflection showed this with Group B talking about the friendships made and how they have supported each other more and more.
We were made extremely welcome at St Mary's church with their new Scottish Priest speaking very well about how important the Bible is to everyone. The first reading (from Ezekiel) was in Welsh as it is the first Sunday of the month – a real taste of the culture!
While the weather was not good for sailing (gusty wind is difficult to handle) the other activities went off without a hitch. The planned evening deep-water swim was postponed after an assessment of the sea conditions. This will take place later if it calms down out there!
Another great day.