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I ‘m a bit out of step with the blogging of events- what with the festive season etc, so here are a couple I prepared and didn’t finish (last autumn- oops). I’ll do the next one later on!

I love autumn, and this yearly, countrywide, celebration epitomises all the beauty and bounty of the season as far as I am concerned. Plus I love it that Apple Day events actually spread out over several days – so, depending where you are, you can get to at least one.

We had a smashing event on the reserve, lots of traditional games, trails, orchard talks, stories, tasting, planting and cooking tips and, of course, arty stuff.

apple day

There was Apple Printing (very popular with toddlers, bam bam bam!) with extra printed ‘appley’ poems and words for older children to embellish their work with.

apple print pictures

We made an apple game –a simple blockade game called horseshoe- a bit like noughts and crosses. The visitors (even grandpas) liked it even more once they worked out the winning move. There were several “Ta Da” moments when the penny dropped!

apple games

We used disks of apple wood to make coasters and pendants with (sawn from branches cut from last years poor old dead tree- but much better than burning them).

I apologise for this poor photo; it was the only one, a shame because some were lovely. The green cylinders are laundry “softener” bottle tops with thin foam shapes stuck on as print blocks.
apple circles

Then there were hanging apple decorations; super easy and endlessly variable. I will post a tutorial on this idea (later on!) as it would adapt to Christmassy shapes too.

paper apples

Lastly, local orchards supplied masses of traditional English apple varieties for tasting and local supermarkets donated apple juice for sampling. (Very popular!)

apple tasting

Sadly no cider LOL, probably not a good idea anyway in combination with all the children, paint and water.

In true British fashion it was wet and windy but we were all very cosy inside the barn.

I am not sure the story teller in his yurt felt too cosy, poor man; we had to thaw him out with hot tea…

A good day.

apple day view outside

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( it feels like I should write “Tra la la” after that !)

WonkyGiraffe Tring BBOWT

We had beautiful day for a great event with beautiful weather, loosely woven (sorry) around Sheep, Wool and Spinning.
There was a spinning wheel to have a go on, drop spindles to try and of course sheep.
Meanwhile, in the barn we made woolly cords using lucets, with my nifty idea of using clothes pegs. (click here for free pdf tutorial folks)

WonkyGiraffe Lucet Thread

Baa Baa Black Sheep Star Books

WonkyGiraffe Baa Baa Black Sheep Star Book

and lambs on a spring (get it?) on a jam jar.

WonkyGiraffe LambJar

Because.
I thought winding wool around little card sheep would be cute, and we gave them the working name of “woolly winders” (we love a bit of alliteration in our titles).
Then after using it for a bit, and some slips and giggles later, we quickly decided we needed a name change as that tongue twister might not be the best name… hang on for this…

WonkyGiraffe Wooly Lamb

WonkyGiraffe Woolly Lamb

Then we needed some weight on the base.
Stones? Lids.!..
No! Whole jam jars!
Well mainly because I had the jars, and yes I really did have enough
(70+ !) lovely retro Bon Maman jars stashed, to do this activity.
Not to mention lovely versatile stripped network wire.
I told you I needed to de-stash my “useful stuff”.
Now maybe you believe me. lol
[I have also disposed of my, much smaller, collection of pickle jars for someone actually pickling, so that was quite a good week’s result de-clutter wise.]

Hence lamb jars- see what we did there (don’t groan)!

We do get into the zone a bit with planning these events.

The “Lamb Jars” went down a storm; with lots of boin-gy lambs on their “grass” filled jars.

WonkyGiraffe BonMaman Jar

Some were slightly more woolly than others,

WonkyGiraffe Sheep

and some were a rather surprising pink, snaffled from the “decorate spring branches” table!

WonkyGiraffe Sheep Jar

WonkyGiraffe BonMaman LambJar

Some were collected later…

WonkyGiraffe LambJars on shelf

Perfect end to a perfect day.

WonkyGiraffe Tring BBOWT View

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Well another long gap – got to get on top of this blogging stuff!

Excuse: very busy, trying very hard to de-clutter / de-stash / de-everything.

This plan not helped by re-homing to charity a car full of books and bits from the (sadly) closing Environment Centre I have been volunteering at. I have, however, first scanned some beautiful images from some of them to use in assemblages or artwork.

WonkyGiraffe book scan

Not to mention all the boxes and boxes of activities planned for and carried out there … here are just some:-

WonkyGiraffe boxes stacked

It is hard to believe I have made so many, some have been re-used at another BBOWT site where my friend works, but the rest are here. Which wouldn’t be too bad, but they are just piled alongside all the stuff that came out of the loft!

Loft much better. Shame its contents are now all in the spare room, on the spare bed, landing, hall, office etc. Sorry NOT photographing any of that – it’s bad enough looking at it.

I intend to revamp some of them and put DIY art activity packs for children into my shop. I know they will work, as they are all tried and enjoyed, it is just the “how to” pdfs and photos that are taking (too much) time.
I have done one – Owls , but I think the picture of the mask looks a bit scary, I might have to redo it.

WonkyGiraffe Owl Activity Pack

Ladybirds nearly ready, then Birds, Caterpillars, Bugs, Worms, hmmm must get a life..

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