Sunday, 7 September 2008

Getting our money's worth

In these cash strapped, credit crunchy days I think it's important to get our little ones used to the concept of working for a crust. How about ...

chalk smashing (fabulous for tension relief):

flour grinding:


metal detecting:
interior decoration


and digging for valuable artefacts?


A few weeks back we visited Butser Ancient Farm on an Open Day, which in all honesty we expected to keep us occupied for about an hour. Six hours later we were still there, and had learned all sorts of new skills. So if the recession really bites I shall be able to spin and weave my own wool and Mr DC can smelt metal to make coins. Oh, and we learned a good trick for using less fuel on our fire this winter - turns out if you're a lazy wotsit and let the ash build up instead of cleaning out the grate every time a single log will burn for hours. Well, that's what the archaeologist told us but I have no idea if it actually works yet - and besides, what would the neighbours think!

23 comments:

  1. OOOOooooooh! How wonderful!!! I've wanted to go there for ages!! Have you any more pics?? xx

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  2. That all looks rather fabulous... but making your own coins? Is that entirely legal?

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  3. Wow - what ace activities - I don't know about the small cookies but I'd like to get stuck in to some of those. I'm not surprised you burnt up six good hours. I'm with Gina though - isn't setting up your own DC mint taking anti-credit crunching a little far?

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  4. I don't even talk to the neighbours so I shall let you know how I get on with the ash thing!

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  5. Iooks like a fab day out Val.....and I'm ashamed to say it's rather close to us and we've never been!! We'll have to remedy that. I could do with finding out how to make money :)

    xxx

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  6. I can vouch for the ash in the fire thing, we hardly ever clean ours out, lazy household that we are!
    Look like a brill day out, smelt us a few coins would you!
    Julia xx

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  7. hmmm. chalk-smashing, is it?! Can't say I've ever tried that, but we don't have much chalk around these here parts =D

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  8. Don't you just love it when your expectations for a day out are blown away like that? Nice to see the little cookies having fun!

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  9. Ooooh looks like such a fun place! And don't let the neighbors in -- they'll never know about your ashes!!!

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  10. That looks like a fun day.

    My Nanna told me that a wood fire must be built on ash but a coal fire must be built on a clear grate. And this from a woman who scrubbed her front door step every morning due to what the neighbours might think :o)

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  11. Next year you should check out the English Heritage re-enactment schedule. They have wonderful days out with lots of opportunities for fun

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  12. Oh my - you must live pretty near us, cos Butser Ancient Farm is only a few miles from me :)

    Aint it a great place, you should take your kids one year to The Burning Of The Wickerman, now that truely IS amazing......

    Stumbled over here via Peddledash's blob..

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  13. I've learnt, this past summer, that, actually, our offspring aren't so addicted to our techno-filled life and that they will quite happily do all those things you talk about! The more destructive, the better, strangely, too!

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  14. I love it when what you imagine is going to be a short trip out turns into a great day full of brilliant memories.
    Your little ones look like they had a fab time. What Dragonfly said is so true!
    Jane. x

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  15. That looks like a great day out! Can I come next time?

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  16. It's good to know that when recession and global warming really take hold that between you, you'll have the skills to cope. The log thing does work - I confess......

    If ever I make it that far south I'll have to try that farm. Looks like a lot of fun.

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  17. I rather like the thought of chalk smashing and who wouldn't want to smelt their own coins!

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  18. Are those summer clothes the girls are wearing there?? Did you find some summer somewhere in this country??.
    I like to hear that laziness (the ash) sometimes pays off.

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  19. The archaelogist was right, our chimney sweep told me the very same thing when I apologised for our mucky grate!
    My youngest is going on a Victorian trip on Friday to apply for the post of housemaid in a manor, think of all things she'll learn there to practice at home. Methinks she can wake at 5am to get those fires burning ,,,
    Kimx

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  20. Looks and sounds like a fab place, I've always liked the idea of digging up treasure!

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  21. great pics, looks like everyone was having fun!

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  22. The activities sound great fun but my word the glimpses in your photos of the girls - they are gorgeous!

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  23. Ooh, that's such a good idea for a day out- fun AND practical!

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