On Sunday 5th October the boarders went to the
Howard’s Farm in Lincolnshire for this year’s Harvest Festival. We were blessed
with glorious sunshine for the second year running. Equipped with forks and
trowels we went for a delightful walk through the sugar beet fields and across
to the potato fields but not before visiting the barley and wheat shed. The
children were sprinting up and down the mountains of grain, it was such fun!
The children all had a wonderful time digging up the soil
and putting their findings into a bag to bring back to school. Three large bags
were filled with the finest potatoes we found and now writing this report I can
definitely say they were delicious!!
Potatoes and fillings were on the lunch menu, and we are all
very grateful to Mrs Howard for keeping us well fed and watered throughout the
day. We had fun exploring the delightful house and its gardens. Some of the
children found a new love for croquet on the front lawn. It was very close
between Mr Watt’s team and Mr Wood’s. We also enjoyed an 9 a side football
match, which was great fun. Lots of goals and lots of fun.
After an couple of hours exploring, climbing trees and
playing games we had the Harvest Festival. Mr Percival had brought along the
keyboard to accompany the hymns and Iona C, Freddie M and Thomas W read very well. The Harvest was celebrated in
style with us all sitting on hay bales in the barn, it was a lovely atmosphere
and the boys and girls sang with enthusiasm.
There was just time to put on our swimming costumes and splash
around in the pool for an hour. Some of the boys were desperate for a final
game of croquet and before we left we enjoyed hotdogs.
A brilliant day and a huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Howard who
hosted us so well. They were ever so kind in giving up their Sunday and
welcoming us to their fabulous home. A brilliant weekend and we are still enjoying those delicious potatoes !! Yum.