Incredible crochet: Bugs galore made by Lynne
I’m very excited about my new children’s crocheted bug trail, which was specially created by my very talented friend Lynne Hardman, who makes the amazing tea cosies for TV’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch programmes.
Lynne has made the most gorgeous insects ever seen – Amanda wants to adopt the spider (she’s named him Boris) and take him home, but I’ve told her we need him here. There are also bumblebees, a giant ant, a pair of snails and a bright green, multi-legged caterpillar, along with plenty of others.
I know they’ll be really popular with our younger visitors, but I think they’ll make the grown ups smile as well.
If you’d like to see more of Lynne’s incredible work, have a look here.
Leafy: Lynne’s Autumnwatch tea cosy
The bug trail will be running throughout the spring half-term week, which begins on Saturday, May 25, and will return for the summer and autumn school holidays.
We’ve got lots of other great activities taking place in the spring week, starting – and ending – with talks on the Saturday and Sunday about the bizarre ways Georgians spent their leisure time. These are at 11.30am and 2.30pm, and you can also try your hand at a game of cards or skittles 18th-century-style.
Monday, May 27, is herbs and hedgerows day with special talks at 11.30am and 2.30pm. On Tuesday, head for the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and learn to make clapbread – drop in any time between 11.30am and 3.30pm.
On Wednesday, dress up in some of our replica 18th-century costume and strike a pose for a family photo, or pop in on Thursday between 12 o’clock and 3pm and join artist Dianne Standen to create your very own bird scarer.
Children’s bedroom: Dress up like a Georgian
Whatever day you choose to visit, I look forward to meeting you. If you take your photo with me, you might make it into this blog – especially if you’re dressed like a Georgian! Email your pictures to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.