What a lovely little village Langwathby is – just a few miles from Penrith. We found ourselves there making bunting with children and selling our books on a perfectly sunny May day. It was great to meet so many families and watch the May Day events happening around us. Apparently it was the first sunny Langwathby May Day Festival in over 100 years! We must have brought the sunshine in our craft box 😉
We are so excited to launch our new range of postcards and walk cards. We have been working hard designing these colour and draw your own postcards – fun for any creative little person! The walk cards feature 4 child friendly walks in the Lake District with information, i-spy and activities to keep the kiddies entertained on the walk. We love them and hope you will enjoy them too!
Well the sun shone for us on one of the two days we enjoyed at the beautiful station at Eskdale. Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway were holding a Family Day for everyone to enjoy. There was face painting, circus workshops, magicians and of course the Felltarn Friends making La’al Ratty train bunting. As usual it was fantastic to watch the creativity the children displayed. It was a weekend of laughter and fun!
Thank you to the staff at Eskdale Station – they were so accommodating and quick to keep us topped up with delicious lattes!
If you are looking for a fantastic day out with the family, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is definitely worth a visit – combine it with a visit to Muncaster Castle and you will have a very beautiful, educational and fun day out in the Lake District – one of our family favourites!!!!
Since this is our first Felltarn Friends Easter we decided to have a little fun with it and added Easter templates for bunting and cards to our website. We received such fantastic feedback from families who had downloaded and made the Easter crafts that it will definitely be something we continue and expand on in the future… watch this space
Bookends organised a craft event for the customers at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.
We gave the kiddies a lump of clay and a pinecone and left them to create their Pinecone Characters. It was fantastic to see the variety of animals that were made by the children. Here are a few of the
Well, I had not heard of this very enjoyable celebration PANCAKE DAY until I moved to England. I must say it is a day we now celebrate without fail every year of the 7 years we have lived here. The children and I set ourselves a challenge to create all of the Felltarn Friends in pancake form and I must tell you – much easier said than done! The batter defeated us in the end – we managed to make 3 of the characters – Bridget the Bat, Henry the Dog and Willie the Pig… we even added blueberries for Bridget’s spots. But after these three the children’s enthusiasm for design was waining and the need to eat the pancakes took over. So, here they are… our Felltarn Friends made of eggs, flour, milk and lots of giggles.
We are doing 2 weeks of after school art classes at Old Hutton School. Today we learnt about oil and water by using oil pastels to draw our fish in a fish bowl and then painting the water with water colours. If you have done this technique before, you would have seen it is a very effective way of showing the children the relationship between oil and water. They had great fun creating the underwater scene – some of the boys got creative with swimmers with missing limbs due to the shark attacks in the fish bowl (why I love working with children- imagination and laughter).
For the children that had finished their fish bowl art, we gave them a copy of the book and got them to draw some of the Felltarn Friends. This art is brilliant, so many talented children. I have scanned these pictures in and added them as headers throughout the website. Thank you to all of Class 1 children at Old Hutton, you are amazing!!!
It is a very rainy day and none of us want to venture outdoors so it is a perfect day to test out our new Felltarn Friends Wibbly Craft Pages on the girls. We have created a page for each of the Felltarn Friends and after they are coloured in, the children can cut out the friend and attach their arms, legs and tail with split pins -making all the limbs move. Here is what our brilliant, creative daughters made – Hatty, Alice and Bridget!
Our second review of our book and it is fantastic! This review is in the Cumberland News dated 16 February 2014. They have highlighted some of the attractions featured in the northern parts of the Lakes and Cumbria section of the book. These include:Honister Slate Mine, Borrowdale, The Pencil Museum in Keswick, Cumbria, and Castlerigg Stone Circle.