Monday, August 15, 2016

Nature Weaving Craft {Homeschool group in Poatina}


We recently did some Nature Weaving with the children in our Homeschooling group. It was a lovely, sunny day and the children LOVED their masterpieces! The little girls and I went collecting the "pieces" to weave, it all looked sooo wonderful!
  Amy taught us all how to do square lashing to hold our looms together!
 Now to the fun part!
 Sophia's weaving complete with flower bunting!
 I really enjoyed seeing how each child made there art and what they liked best to weave with!
We happily displayed ours along the window, which we found out that Cobweb enjoyed as Nature was brought indoors!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Friday, August 12, 2016

Yarn Along - arm knitted scarf!

It's Yarn along time, this time I've been busy making warm, toasty scarves for the colder months and thanks to my dear friend in NSW she has been "advertising" hers proudly and other ladies have wanted one too!!

I've been having a wonderful time putting these together and of course reading to my treasures!This is a great rhyming book with an awesome reminder of not giving up and being true to yourself!
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, August 8, 2016

Water study for Kids {part 3}

Our last week of the water study here in Poatina saw a field trip to our amazing Sewage Farm! We started at the top of the hill where Hannah told us about the different ways water is collected and natural paths it flows, one way or the other downhill which is called Watershed.

Hannah pointing out The tribes - above us on the mountains - Big River Tribe; below us on the plains - Midland Tribe; Across - Ben Lomand People.
Demonstrating the path the water would naturally run with people on either side of the hill.
We also ran as water drops down the gully, looked at the dam, talked about swales (ditches on contour that hold water and help it slowly soak down through the soil).

The Poatina dam, complete with wonderful wetlands plants!
Found some tracks in the wet clay on the way to the sewage farm! 
This is from a Wallaby (we think!?)
Steve giving us the low down on how the sewage farm works. It is German designed, gravity fed, passive flow system that uses beneficial bacteria and water flow to break down waste.  The Hydro put them in at different towns all across Tasmania. This one is capable for managing 3,000 people's "waste." We only have 100 people in the village at the moment!!

The vintage map of the set up!
So there ends our Water study! We all learnt HEAPS and might I say what a wonderful job Hannah did in informing us all about our water and the wonderful ways God has made things work!
Smiles The Torrents'