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March 2011

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 23 March 2011




On 2 April we will be launching the Explore Nature project

There will be loads of different things going on so look out for more information on the blog and on twitter.

As part of the launch I will be running an art and craft session about all things birds! If you fancy doing a bit of sewing we will be making badges or fingerpuppets and for little ones we can make spinning thaumatropes.

Oh, in case you don't know what thaumatropes are (I didn't!) they are thoses circles of paper that usually have a picture of a bird on one side and a cage on the other and then when you twizzle them it looks like the bird is in the cage. As we are celebrating nature we won't be putting any drawings of birds in cages! but will be giving them the appearance of flight instead.

The sessions are suitable for families, but adults are also welcome to come and sew some badges or fingerpuppets with me!

Day of the daffs

Posted by Danielle Cowell on 14 March 2011
Daffodil picture with adjusted colours.
My first daffodil opened on the 11/3/11. It is 40cm tall.
Can you name the parts of this flower?
9/3/11 Flower just starting to open.
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Hooray the daffs have arrived!

Reports from Ysgol Y Ffridd, Ysgol Nant Y Coed & Ysgol Cynfran. Mine too have opened and are as beautiful as ever.

See the charts and maps

I've taken some pictures. Please send in your pictures and don't forget to take part in the flower drawing competition. If you have half an hour of sunshine pop outside to do some sketches for your flowers.

See comments from schools below.

Many thanks

Professor Plant




Love spoons art cart

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 7 March 2011

These images are from half term. We had a bit of a love theme and were looking at lovespoons, pockets and stay busks. We looked at all the kinds of patterns you find on lovespoons, from the usual hearts and commas, to horses and forks!

Lots of people took their work home, but quite a few added decorations to our large lovespoons that are pictured here. I have to admit that Tracey Williams did a lot of work on the spoons and made them much more beautiful than when they started out.

The next art activity i'm involved in will be part of the launch of our new Explore Nature project in Oriel 1

Quilt Club

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 7 March 2011

a few of the quilters

Amy hard at work - she also knitted the jumper she's wearing!

Amy's quilt with cute cat fabric

I think this is Juli's quilt... it's got great colours!

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We had our third meeting of quilt club this saturday, we currently meet every two months with the next meeting being held on 7 May.

It's been really lovely to meet so many nice crafty people and do a bit of sewing and there's a nice mixture of beginners and more experienced quilters. We currently have space for some more people so please get in touch if you would like to come, meanwhile have a look at some photos which show what we have been working on.

And if you have been coming along, please email me photos of your work in progress!

Hocus Crocus!

Posted by Danielle Cowell on 3 March 2011
Crocus flowers so far...
Newly formed leaves on the shrubs
Daffodil bud
Tree blossom
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As if by magic crocus flowers have sprung up all over Wales!

Many opened during the half term holidays, so we should receive a lot more records - now the pupils are back in school.

Unusually, this year the crocus has been reported in Mid Wales before being reported in West Wales. Good news for Ysgol Glantwymyn who normally have to wait the longest for their flowers.

Read my letter to find out how to win a trip and earn your super scientist certificates.

No reports of daffodils yet - but I'm sure we will have a few sightings soon.

My daffodils have started to tilt their heads in preparation to flower. The trees in my garden have started to flower and grow leaves, soon their will be lots of colour in my garden. I can't wait! Lots of signs of spring at St Fagans too.

Let me know how your flowers are doing?

Professor Plant