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How Hill Day 2.

We have had a wonderful, blue-skied day here at How Hill. Our morning activities involved a boat trip along the River Ant to Barton Broad and a lesson in the art of thatching! 

 

The crisp, winter morning air provided the perfect setting for our boat trip where we spotted an abundance of wildlife. We were lucky to spot Buzzards, Little Grebes, Kingfishers and even a Chinese Water deer. Barton Broad was glorious and it was really interesting seeing half of it covered in a sheet of thin ice. Some little Tufted ducks were even walking on it! In all, four different boats made the journey and one group managed to spot 22 different bird species. We were so impressed with our birdwatching skills!

 

Learning how to thatch was a lovely experience as we all got to practise in small teams. We had a go at 'shaping' the reeds before attaching them to the makeshift wooden beams with metal pins. We then had to use a 'Leggett' to give our reeds their final look. Once we had finished, Sophie, our instructor, gave each team a mark out of 10 for aesthetics, teamwork and waterproof thatching. The scores were all really high and Sophie said she was really impressed with how well we worked together! Maybe we could teach you a thing or two about thatching when we return...

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