Thursday, 31 January 2013

Cabers, Irn Bru and other stereotypes

Tonight, my Brownies:
  • learned a little about Scottish geography,
  • drew Nessie,
  • drank Irn Bru or Highland Spring,
  • tasted shortbread,
  • tossed cabers (ok, straws!),
  • hurled shot putts (ok, balloons) and
  • either herded sheep or were sheep being herded!
I've not been well and my voice barely held out so I didn't teach them Ye Canny Shove Yer Granny Aff a Bus, which was on my plan, another time!:
As you can see, I sneakily adapted what I'd done nearly 3 years ago as all our Brownies from then had moved on.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Alas poor Snowy

If you're friends with me on Facebook, you'll already know about Snowy, the snowman who refused to die.
If not: we built a snowman last weekend and every day he tilted further to the ground at gravity-defying angles until I had people claiming we had used wires, scaffolding, poles...
None of the above. Snowy was just a snowman who refused to accept the conventional wisdom that gravity is in charge.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Bits, pieces and other things

I never did get back to the Guiding promise after I posted the link a few days ago - I was in Edinburgh and posting on my mobile so you'll have to forgive me.
Kelloggsville expanded a little on it, so check her link out for more on that.
Pressing on with what we are up to:
  • Just 1 new Brownie this term, she is an older (8 year old) girl who we've managed to squeeze in and is fitting in just fine already.
  • We have a stunningly short term this term, just 8 weeks - 6 weeks before half term and only 2 after! That's because the school where we meet has a couple of things happening in the second half of half term that clash with our meeting and are appealing to our girls, most of whom do go to that school so there's no point in setting up an alternative meeting those nights.
  • So, we are packing the term full of fun even if it is short - there's Thinking Day and food tasting and litter picking and circus skills and more.
  • We've got a big weekend away in the summer term and took the second of three installments for that: it's creeping closer! Chuffed to say that 15/19 of the girls who can go (ie not the newbie from January or the 4 starting at Easter) have signed up plus all the leaders are going too.
  • We're planning ahead too: our county ran a Bear's Bedtime for Brownies in October last year and will be running it again this year, we have already for a hall lined up so we can take part, and we're hoping to get all 24 girls to do it!

Friday, 4 January 2013

Have your say on the Guiding promise

I'm away from a computer and will post more fully on this when I can. But I wanted to let you know there is a consultation open on the Girlguiding UK promise.

And everyone can have their say from the littlest Rainbow through Brownies, Guides, Senior Section and leaders. There's an option for non members too.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Rest and be thankful

I think this year I am going to focus on positives. Too often we let negatives overtake us yet I know there are so many positives. Is anyone else like me in this? Sometimes feels swamped by the negatives and has to make a point of recognising the positives?
So while I'm not planning on posting daily, I am going to highlight a positive each time I do post even if irrelevant to the actual post.
To start: while husband did have a car crash on Christmas Eve, and his car is written off as a result, he is fine, the guy in the other vehicle is fine, and that makes us very lucky. And we had been dithering about replacing both our cars for so long this has forced our hand to replace his and work towards replacing mine in 18 months time.
And a Guiding positive: we have a fantastic unit team, excellent Brownies and a fun 2013 ahead. We're planning a very big weekend for the girls in June, a fun day in March and lots of teambuilding and leadership and community and charitable support.
Bring on 2013!
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