“If you go down in the woods today you're sure of a big surprise…”
Last week we went to the woods and they were full of surprises!
A bear carved out of wood using chain saws!!
Last Saturday we pootled off to visit the Bently Wood Fair, which is “a celebration of woodlands, forestry, timber, trees woodcrafts and much more...” I honestly think events such as this should be compulsory for children to attend. Not only so they can gain an appreciation for our woodlands and the efforts needed to maintain them but to view and learn crafts which use natural resources. Too many young people spend way too much time indoors or attached to to a device of some kind rather than get out in to the real world.
Whew, mild rant over!
As soon as the boys clambered out the car they were off running, with so much to see and do, they really didn’t know which way to turn.
They have been itching to have a go at archery, so off we went to see the The Archers of Herstmonceux Castle, who were fabulous tutors.
Once they had fired all their arrows it was off for a wagon ride, and oh my gosh was it a bumpy ride. I seriously wanted some motion sickness tablets, the boys naturally loved it!
Once into the woods the boys were off investigating everything!
This lovely lady was so patient explaining everything she was doing from spinning and dyeing wool to how she made her tea!
There are several houses scattered throughout the woods which intrigued the boys no end.
The boys really enjoyed seeing all the different ways in which wood can be manipulated in to different things, from reindeers…
and chopping boards!
Two of the things I loved seeing made were the wood flowers and wood burnt pencils, obviously I just had to buy some!
All in all it was a really lovely day out, which we all totally enjoyed.
If there is a Wood Fair being hosted close to you, I really do recommend you go, there’s so much for everyone to enjoy.
The boys were knackered by the end of the day, with Ethan channelling his inner ET whilst Ahren totally rocked his farmer with a walking stick impression!