We spent some time on Thursday and Friday making poppies from felt with a sewn on button. We made these last year, but they were mainly my effort with M only doing a little of the stitching. This year, once I'd shown her how to sew on a button, M did most of the work herself. She even cut the shapes out of felt.
|A lot of sewing practice!|
M spotted a very similar flower hair tie in a children's sewing book I'd bought her for her birthday. After reading the instructions, M had a go, resulting in the white and purple flower with the blue spotted button. I helped by sewing it onto a hair tie as that bit was too fiddly for M. Still needing to make more flowers, M decided to make another one for her Auntie Jo, but this time we glued it to a pin along with all the poppies.
|A flower for Auntie Jo.|
We showed Auntie Jo around Brandon Marsh on Saturday.
|Auntie Jo and M pretend to be dormice|
|Brandon Marsh in Autumn|
We're oblivious to the TV show, but love history and exploring buildings, so were happy as well.
|M experiences a Victorian School.|
Otherwise we wondered around looking at things, talking to the historical interpreters and trying not to get too cold. It was a bitter wind out there! We hid in the old cafe building by the canal to enjoy some chips, sandwiches and a hot drink. M played with her auntie and Jo took a lot of photographs.
I took a couple of photographs too, including the source reference for this drawing of one of the museum horses being plagued by magpies intent on stealing its mane. As we watched, the magpies would go up to the horse's neck and pluck at a hair, resulting in the horse waving its head at the offending bird, which duly flew off only to return less than a minute later.
|Drawing of one of the horses at BCLM.|
* The Black Country Living Museum - https://www.bclm.co.uk/
* Peaky Blinders - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peaky_Blinders_(TV_series)