Monday, 18 June 2007

Cathedral Day, the Freedom Quilt and more...

Yesterday Hermione went to Cathedral Day with her Badger set. There was a service in the Cathedral followed by a parade on the Cathedral Green. I don't think the service or the parade lived up to the very high expectations she had unfortunately. It was an experience however all the same.

Much of today has been taken up with climbing and sliding. We bought a second hand climbing frame and slide at the weekend and it has been a big hit so far.

Today we started reading Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson. It tells the story of Clara a slave and seamstress who makes a quilt which is essentially a map to help lead slaves to freedom.

We talked about the triangular trade and looked at it on a map. We marked the triangle with thread and added some trade goods which I had found and printed from the internet last night. We also looked at some pictures of handcuffs, slaves walking in chains and cramped conditions on board ship.

This evening was Badgers. I've not heard a lot about what went on but I get the impression they were writing and telling jokes, again working towards their entertainment badge.

We went to the chemist today to buy some citric acid as all of the recipes we have come across for elderflower cordial require it. They didn't have any. We will have to get something sorted out soon as the flowers are beginning to deteriorate.

Our broad beans have lots of flowers on and lots of bees buzzing around. The beetroot and radishes are really swelling and we have a couple of flowers on our courgettes too.

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