Friday, 9 October 2015

Little Woodham 17th Century Village

On Wednesday we spent the day immersed in history with some friends from our homeschooling group. Angela who blogs at Journey Unique organised the trip and it really great!

The site is run by volunteers who dress in period costume and 'live' in 1642. They taught the children (and adults) all about spinning and weaving, demonstrated pottery making and woodworking. The herbalist told us all about 17th century medicine and the farmers wife taught us how bread was made from field to loaf. The blacksmith was really interesting to Hannah and told us all about how horses and oxen were shod, and then showed us how to make hooks and nails in his forge.

Hannah absolutely loved it, and really enjoyed spending the day with her friend Summer (also from Journey Unique). We have been to Little Woodham a couple of times before, but sharing it with friends made it even more fun.

The Village In The Woods

Village life inside one of the houses,

 Spinning and Weaving,

Blacksmiths forge

The woodcutters house

 Angela and Louis giving us a demonstration!

 The farm cottage where we learnt about bread making,

and Hannah and Summer tried out the accommodation!

I lost them to Harry Potter for a while when they discovered a besom broom !!

Unfortunately it failed to fly so they did a spot of housework instead!

I'm not sure they found the housework all that much fun lol!

 Then it was back to the business of learning about bread!

We visited the herbalist where Hannah was able to identify most of the plants she used.

and went to a pottery demonstration.

The potter was a lovely man, who Hannah was sure was actually Pettson from the book Pancakes for Findus. He was really gentle and softly spoken and so informative, he was my favourite part of the day!

Big thanks to Angela for organising the trip, we loved it!

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