We were so touched by the enthusiasm of the 17 friends of the Hazelhut who came to our annual gleaning day after the hazelnut harvest.
The sun shone for us as we searched for left over nuts in the woods.
No one grumbled as they gleaned for over an hour before the trumpet finally sounded for lunch.
Then each team brought their nuts to be weighed and headed for the table for a meal inspired by...hazelnuts of course!
Primo: Farfalle alla gricia con nocciole
Secondo: Vitello farcita con porcini, salsicia e nocciola, patate e spinacci
Dolce: Torte di mela e torta di pera con crosta di nocciole e semifreddo di nocciola
It is hard to believe but these enthusiastic and active folk even had enough energy after that to go into the forest on a mushroom hunt.
Not every one found mushrooms but the forest had other treasures to share!
All to soon it was time to announce the winners - who had picked the most hazelnuts? Then we all wished each other well and said our goodbyes. We would like to thank everyone who came for making this such a happy and memorable day - come back soon!
We were all prepared to go nuts with the New School Grade 2s today. 16 children came to The Hazelhut to learn about nuts, to search for them in the woodlands and to create works of art from them. They were a super bunch of enthusiastic, creative and alert children; the New School should be very proud!
Despite only having 5 children, we still went ahead with our under 8's day today and the 5 children who came had a super time.
This is because they are a curious bunch, interested in everything to do with the wildlife around the Hazelhut and not afraid to interact with it, from picking up insects to eating fruit from the trees.
They loved meeting the rabbits and collecting the hens' eggs.
They also loved using the art room to decorate flower pots which we later filled with our own compost and strawberry plant babies!
The children enjoyed our songs with actions
and story time
and outdoor games
and of course the treasure hunt!
5 happy children! Hope to see you all next time.