Sunday, 27 October 2013


Our local council put on an amazing Autumnwatch event.  It really is quite wonderful.  They have stalls and displays across two community centres, and there is so much to see and do.

The first thing we found was a man from an apple society, with an apple press and other equipment to prepare the apple.  Freddie had a go with the scratter, which pulps the apples before they are pressed.

Rob held a big stick insect, and Betsy held a huge snail.  They were from Butterfly World, where we had visited earlier in the year.

All three kids made balloon creatures.  The balloons have some rice inside to give them a bit of weight.

Betsy and Meg made beeswax candles.  The bee lady started them off, and they finished them by themselves.  Meg especially was really pleased with her candle.

Outside there was a birds of prey display.  We saw a kestral, a Harris hawk and a fish eagle.

We petted the farm animals, wanged some wellies, and were offered some crunchy bug snacks.  For some reason, we all refused!

Back inside, there were loads of crafts to do.  Betsy made a pig and a sheep, Meg made a frog and enjoyed the playdough.  Freddie and Betsy did some loom weaving.  I loved watching them do this, it took lots of concentration and they really seemed to enjoy the process.

We were there for 3 hours, and were busy the whole time.  It was a lovely lovely family outing.  Afterwards we had 10 minutes at the playground before going home for a late lunch.

Today I took down Betsy's birthday cards and the bunting, and started out put up the Halloween decorations.  We bought pumpkins earlier in the week, I expect we'll carve them in the next day or so.

I did some Halloween crafts at Camp Mohawk on Friday - paper plate pumpkins and egg box spiders.  They're great!  Photos to come.

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