Now designated World Thinking Day, and though I knew it was the Baden-Powell birthdays, I'm not sure I ever really know exactly what I was supposed to be thinking about.
If you fancy going on Pack Revels perhaps hop across to Milady's Boudoir where Milady has just returned from a visit to Our Chalet in Adelboden, and whilst there have a sing of the song...
High up, high on the mountain,
We’ve founded our Chalet,
Its sloping roof and wide
Shall shelter us without a care.
And each Girl Scout and Guide Shall find a welcome there.
I knew not of its existence but Barbara was fortunate enough to pay a visit as a young Girl Guide and her return trip has revived some wonderful memories.
Time for me to uniform up (my head and ears are not really that shape, I am wearing the beret) and I can assure you that in my pockets are my test card, my Brownie diary with pencil inserted into the spine, a piece of string and a clean hankie. My tie is tied behind my neck with a reef knot (never a Granny knot) and my badge polished to within an inch of its life with messy old Brasso. How I loved it all...
Now settle down everyone, it's time to begin.
Fairies, Elves, Pixies, Leprechauns etc you will just have to sort yourselves out and follow your Sixer when they make themselves known. If we have any Brown Owls, Tawny Owls or Snowy Owls they'll take charge, but us Gnomes are good to go, we have it sussed here.
Now Six, if you could all join hands and follow me. We'll be going clockwise around the toadstools ...or is it anti-clockwise.. and starting with the left foot..or maybe it should be the right..
This may be why my Six always spoilt the effect and had to do a double turn to join the big Brownie Circle.
Ready (just wing it troops)...
"Here we come the laughing Gnomes
Helping mothers in our homes."
Now I think we'll salute and say our motto, LAH LAH LAH which is a secret word and only us Brownies know what it means.
Right now it's time for inspection... see I told you I had all the right things in my pockets.
Oh alright, as it's a special day we'll have a game of Ladders.... who wants a broken leg first??
And we'll finish with a GRAND HOWL with extra points for the Six that does the best Tu- Whoo, and for anyone who has forgotten it here you are, but don't put your back out or hurt your knees will you...
Gather in the Brownie Ring.
Squat down, knees bent, arms between your legs with two fingers of each hand touching the floor.
Say “Tu-whit, tu-whit, tu-whoo” softly. Rise a little and then return to the squatting position.
Rise again a little higher and repeat, “Tu-whit, tu-whit, tu-whoo,” a little louder.
Rise a third time, even higher. Say only “Tu-whit, tu-whit,” but louder.
Then leap in the air and clap your hand above your head as you yell, “Tu-whoo”!
Oh well done Gnomes, I think we bagged that one.... anyone need an ambulance??
OK time for Brownie Taps and home.
Right, your turn...
Which Six ...
Do we have some Sixers...