Apple Day 2020

Apple Day 2020

Usually sometime around now in mid-October, working with the Dove Valley Centre in Staffordshire, the Stone and Water team would be preparing for, getting excited about and then plunging into the excitements of an Apple Day in the Upper Dove Valley. Given all that is happening this year, there won’t be an Apple Day at the Centre. There will be Apple Juicing Workshops at the Foxlowe Centre in Leek on 11th October. Follow this link to find out more.

Given our apple-absence this year, we thought we’d repost this blog from our friends at CelebrationEarth! about Apple Day…

Originally designated 21st October when it was founded by Common Ground in 1990, Apple Day has grown to be one of the most successful of the “new” environmental festival days. Combining a sense of harvest richness with autumn fires, roasted apples, apple games and just having a good time outdoors in the autumn, Apple Days happen all over the UK through mid-October. Specific dates depend on local circumstances, but Apple Days offer ideal opportunities for CelebrationEarth! events: opportunities to share, reflect and respond to how we feel about the world around us.

Apple Day activities might include:

stories

games

food – apple cakes and recipes are always well received

advice -on old fruit varieties, on cultivating apples or any garden fruit

new initiatives – working on, for or towards community orchards

tasting traditional varieties: revelling in wonderful names and rainbows of flavours

juicing: increasingly there re community presses that can be borrowed or rented for Apple Days and allow people to bring their garden apples for juicing

a wassail: a traditional procession to and through an orchard, with toasting trees to thank them for their bounty, singing wassail songs and possibly making lots of noise to scare away any evil spirits or mischance loitering among the autumn leaves

In 2020, there will probably be few Apple Days happening but we would love to hear of any that are taking place

Apple Day orchard and people from a workshop with Sue Blatherwick

Helpful resources
The Common Ground Book of Orchards,
ISBN: 9781870364218, published in 2000 it is out of print but turns up in second hand lists fairly regularly

The Common Ground team also wrote: Community Orchards Handbook by Clifford and King, ISBN: 9781900322928

Then there are lots of websites and books about orchards and old fruit varieties while folklore and tradition sites will provide descriptions of wassails and their songs

The essence of this, however, is celebrating your own fruit trees in a way that suits your selves as individuals and as a community and supports your work and your trees so research, explore and improvise!

And tell us what you are doing! An event might becomne one of our 100 Celebrations, individual poems, or prayers or other moments of reflections might become some of our 1000 Prayers

Email: arts@celebrationearth.org

stand fast root, bear well top!

Pray God send us a howling good crop!

On every twig, apples big!

On every bough, apples enow!

(traditional Wassail song)

An Orchard Summoning

orchards invite us to join in, to help, to let go of “this is mine” and recognise a longer term and stronger communal ownership

ORCHARD SUMMONING

29/9/18

Bring me a beetle,

A chafer, rose or noble,

A dark shimmer of green

A maybug blunder in a spring twilight.

Bring me a yaffle,

Ant bathing and talkative,

The warm apricot blush of bullfinches,

Feasting on the buds of April.

Bring me the roe, the chestnut ghosts

Slipping without sound, shadows within shadow.

Bring me the bats of the deep night,

A flicker of moth and hunger.

Bring me the children who steal

The windfalls from the wasps,

Bring me the laughter under the leaves,

Picnics sprawling between sun and shelter,

Bring me the tales knotted into the roots,

Of the oldest trees

As Apple Tree Man whispers through the branches.

Bring me sharp apple juice and sweet,

The delicate scent of quince.

Bring me bitter rowan and dripping elderberry,

Well jellied for a winter feasting.

Bring me those branches,

Twisted by centuries of skill.

Bring me an orchard to feed

Body and soul and story.

Bring me it all.

Victorian black and conference

Grenadier and quince

Damson, bullace and sloe

Mabbott’s Pearmain, Gascoyne’s Scarlet

Tydeman’s Early, Rossie Pippin

Fillbasket and Qarrenden

Bring me nothing,

But let me share

A joy, a hope, a bounty.

Bring me nothing,

But let me offer

Strong arms and a willing heart

Bring me nothing

But let me offer my love.

Victorian black and conference

Grenadier and quince

Damson, bullace and sloe

G MacLellan, 2018

Credits:

thanks to CelebrationEarth for the use of this post

Thanks to Sue Blatherwick for an Apple Day workshop a few years ago and all her help over the years

Photos: all photos are c. G MacLellan

The ash tree from my window

The ash tree from my window

Susan Cross

From my window I can see an ash tree. It has overlooked my life for more than 20 years. I know it well. In fact, it is so familiar, I hadn’t noticed it for years – until I heard that the ash trees were dying.  

‘Our’ ash tree is not ours at all. It’s outside our garden, over the track. We share it with our neighbours. We all ignore it, together.  

We build informal communal bonfires under it. People from this terrace put our larger garden waste there and every so often, maybe three times a year, someone (not me!) lights it. When we get ourselves organised, more often when there were children around, we manage to light it on November 5th and bring food. Sometimes we have singed the tree. Not good, but it has survived.

Once my partner rescued a neighbour’s child from it. The boy had slipped while climbing and was caught by the ankle. No harm done, just a small, everyday drama.

This summer I have worked from home and have watched it more closely. There is a lot to watch. I have seen young squirrels learn to jump from it – it is quite a leap down to the alder. They are good at it now, nonchalant even, but that’s not how they began. I guess the young jackdaws that left it one by one, with markedly different levels of confidence and competence, are all good fliers now too.

This is a very ordinary ash tree.  It would win no beauty contests. It is a part of my life here. It will leave a gap.

I am watching it more closely now because this could be its last year. I have seen Ash Dieback Disease at the end of our road. I am watching ash trees around Buxton and out in the dales where the picture is worse. It is like watching the tide come in, knowing it will wash away parts of our lives here.

Ash trees are so much part of our Buxton townscape, it is easy not to see them. This feels like a good time to start looking at your local ash tree.

If you are not sure what you are looking for this tells you how to recognise an ash tree:  https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/a-z-of-british-trees/ash/.

Buxton Ash Tree Project

Where is your nearest ash tree? Is there one you see every day? We are collecting impressions of our Buxton Ash Trees, what they mean to us, what they meant in the past and how we will remember them. We are building a collection of words or pictures.

Send your picture (a selfie or a sketch maybe) or your words (maybe a bundle of Five Ash Words or a sentence or two about an ash tree memory ) to stoneandwater@btinternet.com

Our first Ash Tree Stories can be found on this blog

To find out more about the Ash Trees Project, visit:

https://stoneandwaterblog.wordpress.com/about/ash-keys/

Buxton woodlands in general:

Buxton Civic Association

High Peak Borough Council

Ash Dieback in the Peaks

Thanks

Thanks to Susan Cross for these lovely words

Photo credits:

Ash trees< main pictures: c. P Phillipson

Ash tree strips: C. S Males

Dappled light and old trees

Swaying,

Shimmering,

Elegant branches

And wrinkled bark

Lifting tall skies,

Feathered with clouds,

While through fingered leaves,

Dappled light falls into

Whispering avenues. 1

Quietly, insidiously, with spores carried by the wind, the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxinea is spreading across the UK, bringing Ash Dieback Disease to our Ash trees. In Buxton in Derbyshire, the fungus reached the town about two years ago and we are now expecting to lose most of our Ash trees over the next year or two.

(This is a guest blog from CelebrationEarth!, first published on their blog 9/9/20)

In response to this, a number of community groups have joined forces not so much to fight the disease but to raise awareness of the changing landscape of our town trees. Buxton Civic Association, Two Left Hands, Babbling Vagabonds, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and ourselves, Stone and Water have been working on a project that aims to

  • raise awareness of the importance of ash (and other urban) trees
  • Encourage people to find out more about the trees around them
  • Encourage people to share their own tree experiences (we’re not expecting everything to be about ash trees!) – memories, photos, mapping significant local trees
  • To think for themselves, to reflect upon what those personal relationships with trees mean to themselves
  • To collect ash keys and to set up backgarden nurseries in the hope that we might harbour and protect a new generation of trees some of whom just might prove resistant

Autumn’s Ash keys rattle,

Dry as bones,

As snake scales,

As lost promises.

Seeds fluttering into new hopes,

These trees are part of our history,

These trees are not a dumping ground,

These trees are sanctuary,

Are part of our story. 1

Find out more about Ash trees, here, and Ash Dieback, here

Find out more about the Buxton Ashtrees project on this site

It was that sense of personal reflection, creativity and shared experience that attracted CelebrationEarth! to the project. Without coming from a faith or expressly spiritual perspective, we felt that combination of aspects was producing a celebratory project that drew together sorrow, reflection, creativity and hope

Inevitably with this summer the project plans have had to keep changing but over the last month, as quietly as a tree grows, ideas, artwork, glue, paint and phrases have been pooled, stirred and stuck, growing into some beautiful puppets and powerful words that tell the stories of the trees and the sense of peril approaching and of the people who have rediscovered their local woods during Lockdown. There will be more activities and events as the project develops. In the autumn there are plans for a Gathering of the Keys day which will link to advice on keeping, planting and nurturing a new generation of Ash saplings

The images here are from a filming day with a team from Off the Fence making a minidocumentary about the project for CelebrationEarth! We’ll let you know when the film goes live!



We are the people
Who climbed the trees,
Who ate the picnics,
Who watched the birds,
Who fed the squirrels,
Who ran the paths,
Who were still in the shade,
Who sang,
Who built faerie doors
At faerie dens,
For faery tribes in
Faery glens.2
We are the trees,
Where the spores settle,
Where the fungus spreads,
Where the fingers wither,
Where the bark splits,
Where branches break.
We are the trees holding onto hope
In seeds and seedlings,
In long breaths held and
Hearts clenched against the dread.
We are the trees who
Grow the keys of hope 3
We are the people
Who walked,
Who wondered,
Who laughed,
Who talked,
Who held hands,
Who strolled,
Who held their hearts and loves and hopes
Under Ash trees.2
Notes.
Poems are from three poems that have grown out of words and phrases contributed by many people!
1: The Ash Woods
2.: We are the people
3: We are the Trees


Images
Photos:
Ash Trees in Spring: c Peter Phillipson
Ash Keys: c. Sarah Males
All others, c. Aidan Rhode


Thanks
with many thanks and much gratitude for all the enthusiasm, creativity, words, ideas, paint, glue and patience from Two Left Hands, the Buxton carnival teams, Stone and Water and the creative people of Buxton!

Ash Tree stories

Telling Ash Stories

The Ash trees call for our words, as the wind blows and the rain lashes down. The ground is strewn with fallen twigs and bunches of Ash keys. We asked for your words, for maybe 5 words, and we are delighted to share some of these with you.

1.

Haiku: buds

Fingerbuds shrivel,

Leaves retreating as trunks split,

And hope withers too.

Haiku: keys

Wind touches branches,

Lifts keys, floating, flying, falling,

Promise under moss.

5 lines of Ash Trees

Black buds,

On slim, grey twigs,

Tall trunks lifting bright clouds,

Catching light, glow golden green at

Sunrise.

Gordon MacLellan

2. Ash

Black

Your buds are

Dark as sea-jet

Or a crow’s feather

Antler-hard

They see out winter

Purple

Your flowers

Are fairy stag’s horns,

Fine and intricate

No bees for you:

The wind’s your go-between

Green

Your leaves fall

When still green:

Not for you the blaze of autumn

But a small, almost silent

Leave-taking

Brown

Tassels of keys

Grow wings

Pick one and it spins:

What will it unlock?

Whose future?

Invisible

By stream and ford and meadow

Woven into language

You’re going would leave ghosts

Across the landscape

An emptiness on our tongue

Sara Fletcher

an 1880s map of Under Whitle: most of the scattered trees in fields (marking older field boundaries) are Ash Trees and many are still there

3. In a Dry Valley

Deep in a ravine once scored by water

through the limestone plateau, a sapling

grows. The water is long gone and the

old Ash, too, but here in this sheltered gash

a slim trunk, branches and doubled leaves new

and bravely spindle to the sun. Hung

on their stripling journey are the hopes

of many and the fears that they will

never see again a landscape once held dear

see the leaves the last to come in spring

the first to go, or breathe the sappy smell

of care-cut trees. But they will, and we will

thrill once more to the whipped play of ash

against the breeze seize the delight of pale bark

that wraps around our hope: Ash Grow Back.

Mark Johnson

Our invitation is still open, we welcome more words, in whatever form you wish.

Send your ideas:

Twitter: @stoneandwater3 (please, #5ashwords)

Facebook: @stoneandwater

Email:  stoneandwater@btinternet.com

Thanks to our poets for their words. All poems remain copyright of writers. Contact us for permissions and contacts

Five words for ash trees

I have been looking for writing about ash trees.

To be honest, there’s not a lot. There’s lots more about elm. Does the thought of a familiar tree going, unleash the words?

Ash Tree in field in the Upper Dove Valley

We’d like to find our words to celebrate our ash trees as they face the challenge of Ash Dieback Disease.

People have not always been very polite or kind about Ash. Foresters looking for good timber didn’t think much of it and called it a ‘weed tree’

Can you help us find words for our Buxton Ash trees? Go look at one (this is how to recognise it). Listen to it, what words do you hear? Send us something. Maybe five Ash words that we can weave into a poem or song about our Ash trees.

Send your ideas:

Twitter: @stoneandwater3 (please, #fiveashwords)

Facebook: @stoneandwater

If you turn your five words into a poem like the one below, it might be easier to message it to Stone and water on the facebook page or email it to stoneandwater@btinternet.com

My five Ash words (for today at least) are ‘magical’, ‘familiar’, ‘uplifting’, beautiful’ and ‘grey’. What are yours?

My five Ash words

Magical’ is a word for Ash.

Yggdrasil, the great world tree

holds the cosmos together

and the ash trees of Corbar

whisper in the evenings.

I think ‘beautiful’ of an Ash tree.

Graceful and slender,

dressed in lace, and dancing

alone or in a company.

I say Ash is ‘uplifting’.

I learned to know Ash

by the upcurved twigs,

Good to see in winter.

I would choose ‘familiar’

Around town, I see Ash trees

whenever I set my eyes to notice.

As unremarkable as family.

Ash is words of colour

Gold in autumn leaves

Deep matt black buds

Grey bark, green-pink flowers.

What are your words for Ash?

Or Ash’s words for you?

Write them, share them, at #fiveashwords

Words:

Susan Cross, August 2020

Images:

Bark and ash tree in field: c. Sarah Males 2020

Leaves and buds: c. Peter Phillipson, 2020

A window well-dressing

a Buxton stream – we’re waiting for a well picture!

For decades now, the Well Dressings of the Peak District have been one of the features of the summer. In Buxton, various wells would be Dressed, most especially St Anne’s Well at the foot of the Slopes. This summer will be different. “The Buxton Well Dressing Festival organising committee have decided to cancel this year’s festival that was due run between 5th to 12th July 2020. In the light of coronavirus, and the uncertainty this creates, we have decided to cease preparations to avoid unnecessary expenditure.” (from the Buxton Well Dressing site). Now our friends in Two Left Hands are creating an alternative, more domestic, more home-made version with Well Dressing flags for gardens and windows – or as fabric panels added to a collective spectacular banner. We thought we’d offer another variation with a miniature activity

Two Left Hands in action

Here is a tiny Well Dressing for a shelf or a window ledge perhaps

Traditional Well Dressings use flowers and leaves pressed into clay to make their decorations and you could easily do this if you have a flower-full garden. If that is not possible, maybe you’d like to try this…..

Your “well”. In our example here, we have used a small mirror to give an impression of water. You might do the same, or maybe use a nightlight in a jamjar (watch the heat and make sure any flame cannot reach the card!) or even a small bowl of water. In Buxton, maybe you could collect some water from one of the wells to go into your Dressing in a bowl or jar

Then….

You will need

  • A sheet of card – we used grey card like cereal packet card, about 30cm x 20 cm
  • A cutting mat and a craft knife
  • Some strong sticky tape
  • Glue – PVA or gluestick
  • A ruler
  • Pencil
  • Pens
  • Scissors
  • Coloured paper, tissue paper or a magazine for decoration

1. Making the shapes

The main dressing has three sections: a centre (in ours, 12 cm wide and 16 cm tall) and 2 sides ( 8 x 16cm). Draw these onto your card. The top might be arched (like ours) or square-topped or pointy or zig-zag. It’s up to you. It is good, however if the sides are slightly wider than half of the centre so that they overlap when the Dressing is closed.

Cut the sections out and lie them down with the bases aligned and a gap of about 1cm between each piece.

2. Hinges

Position the sections: side, centre, side – with gaps of about 1 cm between them. Turn them over and stick a strip of sticky tape along those inner edges to join the sections, keeping that 1cm space. Stick both sides to the centre. On the front, place another piece of tape on top of that first tape to make a strong hinge with no sticky surfaces showing. There will probably be extra tape at the top and bottom of each hinge. Trim it off with scissors or the knife. Make sure the pieces will fold closed and will stand open like 3 sides of a box

3. Decorate!

drawing, sticking, having fun, making a mess

Do the inside and outside panels separately letting the glue dry between sessions

If you want windows cut through your card, maybe do that now – or decorate, wait until everything is dry and then cut them out: either way works, just don’t try cutting when the glue is wet or everything tends to tear

Draw? Paint? Colour? Stick? If you have used grey card like us, it might be better to draw your decorations onto other paper and then stick those onto the plain card as colours often don’t show up very brightly on the grey.

There might be sequins and glitter and shiny stuff.

There might be words.

Finished? Maybe add a little more shiny stuff? There! Done!

Set all that on one side to dry.

Then do the other side…remember that the outside panels could be like the covers of a book. Do you need a title? And do you need to decorate the back of the centre panel?

4.  The Well

mirror well on cardboard

While the main panels are drying you could look at your “well”. In our example we made a small panel decorated with magazine pictures and stuck our mirror on that. We then hinged this onto the centre panel so that the whole dressing can fold up and be easily moved around

What would suit you?

5. Final touches

When it is dry, have a good luck at your Dressing. We added some touches with gold and silver pens. Or you might use gel pens. You might want to trim the edges of your panels. Does it need a light? Maybe a couple of LEDs to reflect off the “well”? Does it need to sit somewhere where light can shine through the any windows cut in the panels?

Maybe you just need to set it up and enjoy it. Maybe put it facing outwards so that passersby can enjoy our garden, wall and window-ledge well-dressings in this year when our actual wells haven’t been dressed?

evening, with extra plants and a tiny LED !

Send us a picture!

Keep in touch:

Facebook: Stone and Water or Two Left Hands

Email: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

a Well Dressing folded for easy storage or for exciting secrecy and a big “reveal”

In our Window Well-Dressing, we used lines from a poem called “As Long As Waters Run” by Gordon MacLellan of Creeping Toad. This was written about the wells of Buxton for Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

Tiny! Treasure Hunters

Treasure Hunters

Treasure chests 2

a Tiny! workshop

Sunday 12th July

1 – 4pm

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Gryphon 5 copy 3
a Gryphon, hereditary guardian of treasure

What treasures would you hoard? Where would you keep them? Who would keep them safe?

Join us for this year’s Tiny! activity.

Decorate your own treasure box!

Find some natural treasures!

Mermaid, monster, pirate or dragon, who will guard your treasure?

 

Another summer, another Buxton Festival Fringe, another Tiny! day in the Pavilion Gardens. Tiny! workshops have been running for about 10 years now, inviting people to pause, sit down, chat to a stranger and make something small, no bigger than your hand (more or less), and generally relax in our beautiful Gardens

Finding us: in the Gardens, we’ll be on the grass between the young children’s playground and the miniature railway’s station

June 202: this event is hoping to happen. Final decision will depend upon government and local authority guidance on public events at that time. We are planning the event around current social distancing guidelines asking people to book a time slot over the afternoon. As guidelines changes over the next few weeks, we will adjust the event structure to reflect latest guidance

Book your tickets through eventbrite on the link below

Tiny! Treasure Hunters tickets

 

  • This event is FREE and materials are provided
  • Children should bring a grown up with them (and make sure the adult behaves)
  • Low Golden stones 16
    we can’t promise golden stones, you might have to find your own!

 

Castles, Trilobites and Treasures

Low R Wie strip

As these strange distanced, locked-down weeks continue, there are lots of activities appearing online to stop your thumbs twiddling and your fingers fidgeting

Stone and Water artists have been working closely with Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and Creeping Toad. Now, there are several SnW activities on the Museum blog with films of the same activities on the Museum’s Youtube channel. Rather than repeating all those posts (although you will find some here), we thought we would post some links through to the museum sites so you could go Questing for Trilobites or tell other people about your death-defying Search for a Mystery Object through the Wildes of the Pavilion Gardens past the Canada Geese of Despair….

Things to make…there are guides to making

Low Story towers

Castles, towers, woods and palaces

 

Low Trilobite 98Finger puppet Trilobites

 

Hand puppet fish and ancient sharks to chase those trilobites

Low Shark 10

Other things to do

If you visit the Museum blog you will find other activities as well and you can tease yourself with the Gigantic Buxton Museum and Art Gallery Quiz or argue about the latest Mystery Object

Chee Tor on the River Wye, Derbyshire copy
not much of a mystery place but does Chee Tor still look this ? Did it ever?

If you have a Mystery Object yourself, if it is safe, polite and not-too-offensive to share, why not send us a picture…or if you have something ancient (no, not a parent or other relative) you’re not sure about why not send a picture of that in and we can all be confused as well!

 

Please! Exercise those imaginations and join us on a learning, discovering, making and laughing journey through the art and histories of the Peak District

 

 

Prehistoric shark puppets

A FINGER FULL OF FISH

make your own finger puppet

ancient fish and prehistoric sharks

 

Coelacanth stripRecently, we had you making trilobites and other ancient sea creatures as fingerpuppets. In this session, let’s add some danger to the trilobites world with some large prehistoric fish…..

 

You might enjoy

Low Ancient fish 31Dunkleosteus: 5 m long with jaws that could crush. Our limestone here in the Peaks is Carboniferous in age – about 300 million years while Dunk belongs to a slightly older time but they are so spectacular….

Coelacanth: 1m long with wonderful fins like stumpy legs – and these are still around today. You can find film of these beautiful fish on the internet with their fins that rotate and flare and move in fascinating ways….

Ancient sharks: modern sharks are often sleek, elegant swimmers (with some exciting exceptions like Wobbegongs), in ancient times, sharks were more experimental. Look at Stethacanthus with its sort of hat, Edestus with its sticking out teeth, Sarcoprion with its strange pointy jaws or Helicoprion, the buzz-saw shark.

These wonderful animals lived at many different times so do your own research to decide what might have been swimming down the street where you live 300 million years ago

To make a fingerpuppet fish or shark….

You will needLow Fish puppets 1

  • Card: old birthday cards or cereal packets work well
  • Scissors
  • Pencils or pens for drawing and colouring
  • Glue
  • Paperclips or tape or stapler – or all of these
  • Wobbly eyes maybe

 

Decide first, are you making a fish with a deep body rather than the shark with a more or less straight back

 

FishLow Fish puppets 2

  1. Fold your card in half long-ways and draw your fish on one piece of card: make your drawing as long as a finger – or more. A good measure is to try to make one as big as your hand. Leave off any paired fins – so keep on the tail and back (dorsal) and belly (ventral) fins. Cut out the fish, cutting through both pieces of card. Keep the scrap card

 

  1. Low Fish puppets 3Set your fish shapes nose to nose and decorate them

 

  1. Out of the left-over card, cut out some side fins (pectoral and pelvic) Glue these in place on your fish – just glue the “body” end of the fin. Hold in place with a staple or a paperclip

Low Fish puppets 4

  1. Fitting it all together: turn your fish over, put a bit of glue at head and tail (X) and join together. Again, hold in place with a staple or a paperclip. Make a ring out of card to fit a finger. Wiggle this gently into the middle of your fish and glue, tape or staple it into place. Generally, position the ring so that when the fish is on your finger it is pointing forward – so the ring opens backwards.

  1. Start swimming. Chase a trilobite

Eyes
experiment with drawing eyes….

Shark

  1. Low Shark 1Fold your card in half and draw half a shark body (no fins or tail) against the fold. Happy shark? Grumpy shark? Cut out the shape (DON’T cut along the fold). Open your shark flat onto your table

 

  1. Decorate your shark. Using scrap card cut a pair of pectoral fins (long ones that sit just behind the gills (remember sharks often have more than one gill slit)

Low Shark 3

  1. A curving triangle will give you a dorsal fin. Cut up the centre of the fin’s base – maybe 1 cm and open these tabs out. They can glue on the back of the shark or if you have someone who can use a craft knife around, cut a slit and fit the fin on the inside of the model

4. Fitting it all together: another bit of card might be needed to draw your sharks’ lopsided (asymmetric) tail. Cut along the fold on your shark and slide the tail into that slot. Glue and staple or paperclip in place. Fit a ring just like the fish above

When all the glue is dry, fold fins out, fit fish and sharks onto fingers and start swimming!

(Belemnites: these slender squid-like animals that swam through the limestone seas of ancient Derbyshire can be made like the sharks above, fitting some extra curly tentacles at their heads…..)

Now put your animals on your fingers and set off through your ancient seas! If you have a garden, you might go exploring (chasing ammonites? Hunting for trilobites?) Through the undersea flowerbeds of the Back Garden Ocean. Past the lair of the Terrible Worms (= compost heap), over the Muddy Wellington Boots of Despair. No garden? How about a swim across the sandy seafloor of The Bed, clamber over the Coral Reef of Cushions, slide down the Book Mountains and onto the Carpet Wastes…..

This is another of a number of posts replacing activity sessions which we have had to cancel. A Finger Full of Fish is a Creeping Toad event in conjunction with Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and Stone and Water. Based in Buxton in the Peak District, we all collaborate and support each other as we can, working closely with the Babbling Vagabonds and The Green Man Gallery. If you enjoy this activity, try visiting the others for more ideas!

 

 

celebrating the people and wildlife of the Peak District