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Hooke Court Update: Year 5 Residential

Here's the latest report from Hooke Court (Year 5 Residential)..........

Update: Tuesday 20th February: 22.15hrs.......

Do you know what 5am in Dorset looks like? The children at Meadow Vale do! After a very successful evening and falling to sleep fairly quickly, Meadow Vale rose bright and early to greet a beautiful Dorset day. The sunshine was here, the sky was clear and breakfast was near. Cereals, toast, juice and then a nice hot option of beans on toast, or, if you'd prefer, just a plate of beans, was hearty fuel to start a day as a Saxon (don't mention the Vikings! We mentioned it once, but we think we got away with it!) 
In groups, we split into two traditional Saxon and Celtic houses. In the Saxon home we commenced with cooking for the evening's great feast. Pottage (made with leeks, onions, parsnips, cabbage and an untraditional carrot - do you know what colour they should be and the King who inspired their change of colour? Answer at the bottom of the page...), sweet and savoury bread and cauldron snakes (sausage, don't you know) all formed our hearty feast. In the Celtic home, we were treated to weaving and making our own pendant necklaces. Later that afternoon, we learnt how to write our names in Saxon runes before joining our tribe for the great feast! The fire roared, the pottage and bread was passed round and Mr Freeman got to wield a mighty sword whilst struggling to keep his head upright under the weight of a Saxon warrior helmet. Hear the children laughing... 
After dinner, we descended upon the Great Hall for a wonderful celebration - a Meadow Vale Saxon wedding! We learnt about how many of our wedding traditions descend from the Saxons, such as asking for the father of the bride's permission (not necessary to bring three of your best warrior mates), crossing over the threshold, having a honeymoon and wearing a ring on the third, no second, no third finger of the left hand (do you know why? Lolly does!) After the wedding, we settled down to two Saxon tales before navigating our way back to the drawing rooms of our respective dorms to enjoy hot chocolate and a biscuit. 
The lights are out, the snores are echoing around the hallways and the children are no doubt dreaming of runes, magical rings and cauldron snakes.... 
We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow and we will be in touch as we are leaving and enroute. 
Love to all and see you very very soon xx

Answer: purple and William of Orange (well done, Iola) 
Answer: the third finger has the vein that connects directly to the heart (well done, Lolly)