Marvellous Meadows

Yesterday, 1 July 2017, was National Meadows day here in the UK. Our favourite local conservation charity, Denmark Farm, were hosting an event to celebrate, and Mr Snail and I had volunteered to go along and help out. After a cold and rainy week, we were delighted to wake up to sunshine and the prospect of a lovely afternoon.

There were local artists and artisans there, as well as experts on bumblebees, gardening and plants. Once we were set up, it looked lovely:

And, despite being in competition with other similar events in the area, lots of visitors came along… many for the first (but we hope not the last) time.

I led a walk and talked about the different grasslands at Denmark Farm, whilst Mr Snail was on car park and welcoming duty. However, maybe my biggest success was teaching a whole lot of small children how to crochet…

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making crochet flowers © Mara Morris, Denmark Farm

And the eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed two little bees on my table – one kindly given to us for our craftivism exhibition in Manchester by Helen, Maker of Beasties and one made by me from her pattern. These two felt bees are now going to live at Denmark Farm to help to teach people about the importance of conserving pollinators.

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little buzzy bees and a bee house! © Mara Morris, Denmark Farm

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  1. Murtagh's Meadow

     /  July 2, 2017

    Sounds like great event. Well done to all concerned 🙂

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  2. What a wonderful event and how super to teach the children how to crochet.

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  3. What good luck the weather was so helpful! As for the crochet – well, you just can’t help yourself, can you! Still, catch ’em young and get ’em trained up right and you’ll have crocheting conservation warriors for life!

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  4. What a lovely way to spend the day! And such a good activity for the kids to learn – I hope there were some boys in the mix too?

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  5. Love the bees! What a great idea to teach people the importance of pollinators.

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  6. Lovely! If I had been there I would have spent time looking at the art work. from peering at the photos I can see that they look right up my alley. Good work teaching kids to crochet ~ that’s quite a specialised job!

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  7. I’m glad the sun came out to add to your pleasant day. I love those little bees (and the real bees, too). Thanks for spreading the word.

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  8. Oh wow, thank you SO MUCH for finding those bees such a good home! I checked out Denmark Farm on Twitter, and it looks like the most beautiful place. I’m also glad that the sun decided to shine on National Meadows Day – seems like you had a super day, and good on you for getting a new generation hooked on craft! 😀

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    • We thought very carefully about where your three bees should go. Two stayed in Manchester, but Danielle wanted me to choose an appropriate home for the third one. Denmark Farm is a fabulous conservation project and they run lots of courses on bees, so it seemed like an ideal home. And, should you ever decide to holiday in Ceredigion, they have lovely accommodation for humans as well as bees!

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      • I saw that! Very tempting indeed. And thanks for taking such good care of the bees… I’m really glad I got involved in your event, so much good seems to have come out of it! 😀

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  9. Laurie Graves

     /  July 3, 2017

    Sounds like a wonderful day! Such bright, perky bees.

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  10. What a lovely day!!

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