This morning we had heavy heavy rain and amazing thunderstorms, the first break in this hot weather we have had at all. Luckily enough just after 11am the rain stopped and so we decided to go anyway and hope the rain stayed away, it did.
We arrived just after 12 to find two ladies setting up what I was to find out was a clootie tree, for the un-initiated like myself a clootie tree is explained here This was being run by a lady called Lise Bech who runs bech baskets, you can read about this talented woman here. Lise explained how she harvests her material, how it is soaked in the river to make it soft and pliable for a week before she attends such an event as this. The children and I put the first three wish rags onto the tree, and Lise helped us all weave our wishes in.
We then wandered down to the main area where they had marquees set up, there had been a tai-chi demonstration on but we had missed this whilst doing the weaving.
We then wandered into the other marquee, this was a health information marquee, the children spotted some stop smoking information and freebies and Fifi picked some up for her mum, as Fifi tells me smoking when you are pregnant can harm your babies, and she does not want mum harming Minky and Dinky.
Also in there was a chance to pick your own fruit and make a smoothie. I explained to Bob that he
|the photographer taking pictures|
|stood on the seats for the photographer|
When he realise I had two children with me he asked Fifi if she wanted to be in as well, so she willingly said yes. So we wandered off to where he wanted the photographs taken, took some of them walking and then stood on the seats that are carved from trees. I was in fits at the antics of Bob as he willingly did what the photographer asked him, shouting and cheering in all the right places.
Fame over we went back to find they had fixed the bike and the children could get their smoothies.
As by this time we had missed the bird box demonstration we had hoped to see we went to do the treasure hunt. This had been set up along one of the paths that have just been finished.
The clues were in no particular order, you had to find the answer to the clue, write down what the answer was and then find a letter and write that down. Once you had found all the letters you had to rearrange them into a phrase, this took us a wee while as we were playing with silly ideas and having a giggle, the phrase we came up with was "walk a bit more" This may have been easier for the children had there been clipboards available to lean their paper on, but then as they were the only two children there I am not sure if they were expecting children or not. Everybody else seemed to be staff out on their lunch break.
wrong fruit on the wrong tree, I'm bright yellow can you find me?
Like silk thread spun on a tree, don't let yourself get caught in me
I'm not your breakfast , but you might be mine,
In me an old once stood, now I've gone for a walk in the wood
Watch out! there's a bad bug going about
having no body I'm quite miserable, I'm the gardener turned invisible
Out of season I'm to be found, big and orange and not on the ground
I'm round and big as you can see, the farmer's tractor is stuck without me
Whilst in the woods we spotted butterflies, apparently there are foxes, pheasants, and a deer as well as a large hare called Big Eric. There was a lady there sculpturing a hare out of branches that is going to sit on the hillside. May take the children back one day and go and walk the twenty minute walk and see what we can see.