Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Holly and Christmas Cake!

It's that time of year again... time to get mixing the currents and sultanas, the butter and sugar, the flour and all the other little extras that make Christmas cake so special!

One of our Snowmen cakes from last year!
I'm not sure whether the children enjoyed eating them or
just making them the most!

Last year The Pumpkin Patch Class made tiny Christmas Cakes, baked in used (and washed!) sweetcorn tins! We lined them thoroughly, filled them with cake mixture and baked them for about an hour.
Once teased out of the tins (made easier by opening the other side of the tin)
and then iced, they made the perfect little Christmas cake to give a friend or the family for Christmas.

I think I made about forty 'sweetcorn tin' Christmas cakes
and about twenty full size cakes last year....
Oh no,... it's that time of year again!!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Christmas is Coming!!

The St Catherine's Walk summer vegetables and flowers have long gone
and it's time for some Christmas colour! The new shopping center in Carmarthen is keen to repeat the success of the last gardening week we held in May of this year. This week and next a number of local schools will come along and help me to create five Christmas gardens.....

The children from four local primary schools recently planted the large flower pots with Christmas shapes and colour... reds and greens and snowy white.

Baubles and Christmas trees decorated the little gardens to add a touch of fun as well as shape to the new designs. The weather wasn't good but the children seemed to enjoy regardless.... handling compost and plants and designing their own patch.

Richmond Park Primary School enjoying a morning out of the classroom!

It was a hands on job.... filling each pot with six bags of compost!
We may not get a white Christmas but Myrddin School's garden full of white Cyclamen
certainly looks like a winter wonderland!!