Sunday, 27 September 2009

Butser Ancient Farm - Autumn Fayre

This weekend was the Autumn Fayre at Butser Ancient Farm

There were lots of traditional displays such as cooking, flint knapping, iron working, stone age tools,  farming, and story telling in the roundhouse for the children. Hannah did more chalk crushing which she loves to do everytime we visit Butser  (the chalk is then used to fill in the floor of the Roman Villa), and made a colourful mosaic in the Villa. Her favourite part (as always) was seeing all the animals, especially as these were traditional and rare breeds, and they were very friendly and happy to be stroked and talked to.  We ate our picnic lunch sitting around the fire in the great roundhouse, and picked blackberries from the hedges of the farm in glorious sunshine. A perfect autumn day.

Roundhouses nestled at the foot of the hill

Watching the pigs

colourful chickens
The farm has Mouflon, Soay and Manx Loaghtan sheep.

Lunch in the roundhouse
Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go..................
crushing the chalk for the Villa floor
mosaic making
stone age tool displays

flint knapping
The green man artwork inside the Villa
mosaic floor inside the villa


Rae said...

Gosh that looks fabulous. I have a thing about roundhouses; I would love to live in one for a while; I think the simplicity appeals to me.

Love the new look on the site too - great pic of hannah (she is *such* a pretty girl) and I love the background :)

Hope everyone is well xx

Susie said...

Rae, the round houses are fantastic, and so warm with the fire burning - although i'm not at all sure about the amount of spiders they seem to attract!
Glad you like the new look, i thought we'd have a bit of a face lift, and thank you for saying Hannah is pretty - she does have a lovely smile :-)
We are all well thanks, and glad to see you updating Verona's blog again - Hannah loves to see what she's been up to!
September xxx