Archive for July, 2008

Cranberry Sauce & Piccalilli

There’s been a sense of deja-vu at Amicus recently, and this week repeated the recent photo scavenger hunt but with a slight twist.  Instead of each team having the same list of items to represent in photographs, they each had to define a list for another team.  I only have one set of photos from the evening but it should give you a sense of the nature of items which were selected.  The lists included some easy and some frankly bizarre items:

  • Blind man who has lost his dog
  • Ring of Fire
  • Owls
  • Stretch Armstrong
  • Chicken Liver Pate
  • UFO
  • Black Cab
  • Sheep
  • Time
  • “Can we eat this?”
  • Monkey
  • Bible Story
  • Secret Place

Late Update: After the scavenger hunt we miraculously beat our Volleyball Keppy Uppy record with a new high of 59!

Lost Property: we don’t often have lots of items of lost property left behind after Amicus, but this week there was a rift in the universe and everyone seemed to leave everything at once, from a Camp Consent Form (tut tut) and BB Gazette to a USB Remote Control thingy, and a pair of old trainers with a Parmesan tang.  Perhaps the oddest items, and still unclaimed, are an opened jar of Cranberry Sauce and one of Piccalilli.  If they are yours, please let me know.

Tree-Top Walk: on Monday night we’ll be joining with the Newport Pagnell Amicus group for the tree-top walk at Salcey Forest.  Meet at Water Eaton Church Centre at 7:20 and then we’ll be heading over to Lovat Hall then on to Salcey Forest.  Dress appropriately for the weather…

Next Week: it’s that time of year again where things are starting to wind down and we’ve almost reached the end of the Amicus session.  We’ll be celebrating in the same way we did last year with a bring-and-share buffet and console games (hopefully with the projector this time!).  Bring along some snacks & nibbles, drinks or cakes (homemade if possible).  We expect to be able to hand out Amicus Hoodies on the evening too.  Don’t forget that this will be the last opportunity for you to return your completed Camp Consent Form – also, please ensure you show the Camp letter to your parents.

Brute Force: On Saturday 19th July we will be honouring the promise we made at the Promise Auction to do a semi-skilled make-over on the Dungate’s garden.  We will start at 10:30 (not too early for a Saturday) and likely continue until about 4-5pm.  Lunch and refreshments provided by Lesley – we need to provide willing manpower.  The plan is that we will be involved in some cutting back, lopping, digging, pulling up and laying down.  I have no idea what those words mean, but I’m sure we’ll be able to work it out together.  Dress appropriately for the weather and activity and if you have any of the following equipment, please bring it with you:

  • fork, spade, trowel
  • shears, loppers, secateurs
  • stepladder
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Park Life – Second Installment

Although the weather wasn’t quite as good as the previous week, being British, we decided to make the most of the fact that it wasn’t raining and headed out to the park again.  We did the same activities as last week, and it was good fun by very much the same – until…

…Simon pulled up during the game of Ultimate Frisbee, turned white as a sheet (in fact, as yellow as his t-shirt) and was unable to continue.  Nick L. made a mercy dash to the Seller’s house to get a drink to help Simon recover and we didn’t think too much more of it, until…

…Jane was seen wandering over the horizon with her hands full of bags of supplies and a kettle of hot water; when she arrived at the footie court she proceeded to serve everyone with hot chocolate, tea, coffee and biscuits.  What a legend!!  We’ll be sure to let her know about all our excursions in future, and she’s more than welcome to join us.

Bin Laden\'s HatQuote of the evening (if not the year!) [click image for full size version]:

“Do you mind?! I’m reading Bin Laden’s hat!” – Matt Dungate

Notice: still waiting on a number of people to pay their membership fee – you know who you are!

‘Nuvva Notice: Hoodies have been ordered and should be here by Camp – if you’ve missed out, meh, you had your chance!

Dates for Your Diary*:

  • Tree-Top WalkMonday 14th July – we will be joining Newport Pagnell Amicus at Salcey Forest to enjoy the tree-top walk.  Meet at the Church at 7:20 prompt!
  • End of Year PartyWednesday 16th July – join us at the Church for the last Amicus evening of the session – it will be a bring and share tea party and might even involve some Wii Sports.
  • Brute ForceSaturday 19th July – we’ll be spending most of the day at the Dungate’s making good on our Promise Auction promise to make-over their garden – we need all hands on deck please.

Next week: bring your digital cameras with you and waterproof clothes and we’ll be heading out for a variation of the Photographic Scavenger Hunt.  There will be a wet-weather plan in case the weather really is too bad.

* if you don’t own a diary, you should, it makes for much less annoyance and disappointment all round