Sunday, 24 February 2008

Holy Flying Sycamore Seeds, Batman!

Country Living this month has a feature calling for the return of the nature table into schools - a brilliant idea but I am not about to go suggesting to our already overworked teachers that perhaps they might like to add another thing to look after. I might suggest at the PTA meeting next week that it could be something we could support though.


Anyway, in the meantime we decided to do one of our own and raged around the garden collecting all sorts of bits and pieces. It's also made the walk home from school more intersting as we find leaves and seeds and twigs to bring home. I was particularly pleased with a bit of stick that had lichen on it as apparently that means our air quality is pretty good (although actually this was a crusty lichen so perhaps not quite such a good indicator. Oh well)


We have been replacing things as they wilt, and hopefully we'll keep it up.


Speaking of CL, I was chuffed to see the cottage we are renting this summer featured on page 20 of their giveaway booklet - "Wow, we must be trendsetters at last!" I thought, until I saw the 4 page spread on Featherdown Farm which many of you have already visited and realised that, as usual, we're well behind the times ;-)

22 comments:

  1. My childrens primary school had a nature table (but only in reception and year one which is a shame). I did have a little nature table for the kids when they were younger and we used to love going to see what we could find on a long walk.
    Your nature table looks lovely!

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  2. I've got a 'kind of corner at the back of the fireplace' nature thing going on - just for me, really. No2 isn't really that bothered anymore. There's just a collection of things that I've picked up along the way and don't seem to able to throw away, eg. a feather from the blue wing bit of a jay!
    Off to check out your holiday cottage...

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  3. I am now off to dig out the supplement from CL to see where you're staying! We have been sucked in by the featherdown farmness too! Off in May for a week, and very excited indeed!
    I used to do a nature table when I ran a kindergarten class, it was brilliant fun every morning (although a table can literally groan under the weight of about a billion conkers)x

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  4. Well done on your nature table - I felt quite inspired by that CL article too but haven't done anything about it yet!

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  5. I think the idea of a nature table is lovely - brought back all sorts of memories of school days. Yours looks fabulous!

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  6. the nature table looks lovely! in our house it's usually a nature doorstep as things get abandoned before we actually get in the house....

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  7. I love English Country Living.

    I spend a ridiculous amount of money buying it here in Oz!

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  8. Yeah, it's a lovely idea. We have the kitchen windowsill, but are a bit haphazard about keeping it current. There are still conkers (slightly shriveled) because they are treasures that cannot be parted with.

    And we're FF-ing again in April - brrrrr.

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  9. The school my kids go to has a gardening club, and each class grows either vegetables or flowers in old tyres outside their classrooms. I think it's great. x

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  10. I loved that article in CL! Your table looks smashing already! We don't have kiddies, but I'm tempted to do a little nature corner just for fun...Happy hunting :o) ((HUGS))

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  11. Hello Kitty - yes, our school has a gardening club too, but only in the summer term. They grow runner beans and sunflowers, and have a big mud patch for digging and finding worms.

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  12. I loved that article in CL too, I have such vivid memories of the ones we had when I was at primary school. I really hope that schools start to reintroduce them.
    Kimx

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  13. I love this idea of the table, especially a home one...I might have to do this as we love our nature walks...I have just realised that I have let my subsciption to CL lapse and this is the first month I have not got it in soooo long...still at least I will get the suppliment, I often did not get the suppliment on the subsciption...I shall treat myself tomorrow I think...

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  14. your nature table looks great, I remember having one as a child at school. We had a grass snake once!

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  15. Hello, Sweden here!! What a lovely blogg you have...so svit!!So nice things!

    Thanks for the visit!!

    God Evening Millan

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  16. I'm not expecting any daffs until May. Yes, that's right MAY. They are currently buried under so much snow I can't imagine ever seeing the grass again. Can you tell I'm jealous?!

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  17. What a brill idea - I saw that article in CL - doesn't it bring back memories from our own school days!
    Lucky you renting the lovely cottage.

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  18. I enjoyed that article too and it reminded me that we needed to refresh our own table, my children always seem to get a little over zealous to begin with though....

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  19. I loved that article on nature tables too. I always love to do an autumn table/ display in the house. With regards to a spring nature table, I just like to see it all growing outside rather than bring it in. However we are very privileged to live on a small holding on a mountain, so my children experience nature first hand during the spring. The wood cutter has just made some raised beds at school for the children to grow vegetables. He's also taken some eggs, and an incubator into school so the children can see the eggs hatch and keep them there under the heat lamp for a while as chicks.

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  20. Hello Mamma Millan - Thank you for visiting and leaving a lovely comment!

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  21. Hello Lazylol - I did ask one of the teachers about it. She's very young and looked confused as she asked me "What is a Nature table?" I have never felt so old!

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  22. Hello Julia (Weirdbunny) - Oh my goodness, could your home sound any more idyllic? The nursery my little ones attend has eggs hatching each year - apparently you can rent incubators with fertilised eggs just to watch them hatch. They loved it!

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