Good Morning! I’m sorry to have been so uncommunicative over the last two weeks, but there has been very little to report. I seem to have spent the first part of this term cancelling everything due to the poor weather. There has been very little cricket – the first XI have had two fixtures, thumping St. George’s (as did the Colts A) and losing narrowly to a very strong Sunningdale side. My thanks go to them for allowing us to come and play on their very soggy wicket in the pouring rain – I hope that not too much damage has been caused to it for the remainder of the season. Apart from that, none of the other sides have had an outing, or really any ‘middle’ practice, but we are hoping that six sides will be able to test their mettle against Brockhurst (great egg sandwiches) this afternoon.

Talking of food, we did manage to squeeze in some year group barbecues in between the downpours, but sadly the pizza oven is still a bit of a building site as we wait for a break in the weather to complete the task. It will be magnificent when it is done. Sadly though there has been no camping yet but I am planning to reschedule the camping nights for those who have missed out, later in the term – when it WILL warm up and dry out.

Sadly I have no photos of the ‘Zorbing’ that took place two Sundays ago, but the boys loved it and it will become a regular fixture in the calendar of Boarders’ entertainment. This Sunday all the boarders will be outside learning some bushcraft skills – presumably how to keep warm and dry during an English Summer.

The main event, since my last blog, has obviously been Music in the Garden. This was a tremendous occasion, very well-attended and amazingly the sun shone throughout. My thanks must go to AGM and the committee for organising the whole thing. It was very slick and although it did get a little chilly towards the end of the evening, a good time was most certainly had by all. Once the bursar has crunched the numbers, I will be able to give you a final figure on what we raised to help send Jack Ostler to America for his operation. Any further donations would of course be greatly appreciated….

This week the 5th form have been out to Cadbury’s World on a geography/gastronomic field trip. The 6th form have a Barbecue on Friday and then both year groups are off to St. Mary’s on Saturday night for some African Drumming and Natural Disasters! We also hope to have a full set of matches against Sunningdale on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday the 5th form are off on their Battlefield Tour to the Somme and Ypres, returning on Tuesday evening.

EL took some great pictures of Music in the Garden and I will post them shortly.

That is all.