I have been on an adventure to the Forest of Dean; I have been here before in the winter time and it was very cold and snowy then. This time it was warm, so I decided to go for a canoe ride. I had my own canoe and paddled from Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat that’s 6 miles. The nice man who took me to the starting point told me that when I came to rapids, (which is fast water going over rocks like a little waterfall), to paddle really fast, so I did, I had great fun. I saw lot’s of ducks and swans on the river but none of them wanted to talk, they were all on their nests because they all had babies or eggs to look after. I also saw the salmon, which kept jumping out of the river and landing back in with such a big splash. I got a bit dirty because there was water in the bottom of the boat, but I didn’t mind because I had such fun.
Another day I went on a very long hop from the campsite down the big hill and through the forest to Symonds Yat East, on this hop I saw a vole, but he ran away so quickly I didn’t get time to speak to him, when I got to Symonds Yat I took the hand ferry to West side and hopped all the way back up river to the suspension bridge. I got a little bit scared going over this bridge; it bounced about and creaked a lot! But I remembered what my people mommy had said. She told me when I was scared to think of something nice and carry on and that when I had done the scary thing I would feel so pleased with myself and she was right. I then hopped back up the big hill; I was very tried by the time I got back to camp, so I had to have a nap.
On the last day I hopped up another big Hill to a place called Symonds Yat Rock, from here you can see down into Symonds Yat and down into the river and I could see where I had canoed. There were a lot of people on top of the rock with cameras and big glasses called binoculars because they were looking for birds. I then hopped back down and through the forest, where I got a little bit lost because I didn’t read the map right, but I soon found the right path again. I saw some rocks and thought a climb would be fun, so I climbed up and ripped my dress.
When I got back home, my people mommy said she would sew up my dress, but I really needed to take a bath because I was very dirty, so I did. Then I went for a very long sleep.
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Symonds Yat info
I have been on a hop to a place called Bodenham Arboretum; an arboretum is a place full of different trees, a bit like a wood. This one had lots of things to see not just trees. There were pools and things called follies, which are buildings or strange things just dotted around, as well as some lovely flowers and a farm. I started my hop up a little hill and hopped down a little bridge under a weeping willow onto Giants Island where I sat at the Giants table, it was very, very big, then I hopped through some very tall trees called poplars and the little path was called Poplar Dingle. I saw lots of pools but not many ducks; the ones I did see were waddling along the grass and when I asked them where they were going they told me to follow them. They took me to a birdfeeder which was sat on a table very high up and they told me they waited underneath until the little birds had their dinner because they always threw some seed out and the ducks get to eat it. They asked if I want to join them as there was plenty of seed, I thanked them and told them I had had a very big breakfast. I then hopped a little further and through the bluebells, there were so many of them that when you hopped away from them and looked back the ground looked like it was covered in blue grass.
I hopped on through more trees and bluebells until I came to the Gazebo, which is like a little house, except it only has one room, it’s nice to sit in it in the sunshine. I then hopped over to see the sheep in their field, the mommies and daddies where all lying down and the babies were playing, but every time they went a little too far away their mommies would bleat and they came running back. I hopped down a little hill and found a little pool which had a sundial in front of it; I had to climb up to read it! After another short hop I came to another bridge so I went across it and found myself on Big Island, where I found a very big weather cone, I think it would hurt you very much if it fell on your head!
I hopped a little further and came to the Laburnum Tunnel which is a tunnel with bright yellow flowers growing all over it, it was very pretty. Then I went for a look around the Azalea garden which had lots of Azalea with very big flowers that smelt lovely.
I met a butterfly, who was just as silly as all the other butterflies I have ever met; she wouldn’t keep still so that I could speak to her, so I gave up.
I hopped up some big hills and down the other side until I got back on the path, I was very tired by then so I went home for a carrot and a nap.
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