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What a wonderful few days Gauguin had away at Hooke Court. The weather was mostly kind to us (a bit of a soggy Saxon saga around the campfire). We began the experience with a walk up hill into the forest for some orienteering and saving of lots of bright blue beetles. After a delicious dinner, we explored the grounds of Hooke Court with torches as we completed a search and rescue for Steve.
After a relatively good night's sleep for most, a great breakfast set us up for Saxon Day. A full on day experiencing Saxon life, cooking, jewellery making, weaving, building and fighting. Luckily the food that we cooked was delicious (we all thought the butter was the best) as we needed all our energy. As well as the Saxon saga around the campfire, we took part in a Saxon wedding (it is surprising just how many wedding traditions link back to Saxon times)
The second night's sleep was better for us all and we finished our Hooke Court experience with the best shelter building that Alan and the CKS staff had ever seen.
The trip away did everything it promised to and more. Exhausted but happy we all returned home with stories and forever memories.