IT WAS raining, really raining, not just a slight drizzle but an impressive downpour, on Saturday afternoon. The Guides and Brownies from Hatherleigh were camping at Taw Bottom, not far from Dartmoor, down a long winding lane full of puddles, lined by trees that didn't just drip, but positively cascaded rain water below them.
Were the Hatherleigh campers disheartened? I suspect they hardly noticed the weather, so immersed were they in fun activities and each others' company in the woodland huts.
From all the units in the Holsworthy district – Holsworthy, Hatherleigh, Boasley, Stowford and Bradworthy – the youngsters enjoyed the pirate-themed day.
They made eye patches and pirate hats, creating really beautiful parrots with gloriously bright feathers and sock bodies. They had sketched, made shelters – hopefully rain proof – enjoyed scavenger hunts and leaf printing.
There had been a pirate-themed wide game and the girls had prepared and cooked their own lunch of sausages and fruit. In the afternoon they competed for the Wendy Withall Shield with their feathery creations. Stowford Brownies were the winners.
Delicious cakes and drinks were served up by Kathy Meyer of the Trefoil Guild and her team, also sporting pirate hats.
The rain poured down relentlessly, but inside the huts attention was focussed on parrot feathers, snacks and, above all, fun and friendship. How very much better than being stuck indoors with just the television for company.
Maybe their soggy clothes were not so very welcome when they got home, but their stories of a really great day certainly would be.