We can’t believe that we are now in the run up to Christmas! The trees are beautiful autumn shades of gold, russet and crimson. Farmer John’s flowers in his cutting patch have come to an end and he is now preparing for gathering fresh evergreen foliage to make Christmas posies and door wreaths, along with handmade wooden festive decorations. All these items will be on sale from our farm gate in the coming months.
After the year we have all encountered and are all still battling through it is important to support local small scale businesses. Here at Gruff Outdoor Learning we were so thankful to be able to open our doors to our mini farmer groups in August, albeit a smaller group of 12 children creating a ‘bubble’ group on both mornings and due to high demand we added a Tuesday morning too. The Tuesday morning is now here to stay! September arrived and we were able to begin our new 7 week term, again with restrictions in place and limited numbers, which we just managed to complete before lockdown was upon us all once again. We made a few changes to our schedule and focused on being outdoors which after all is what we are all about. We set out bales of hay on our back field near to our animals for seating and gave every family there own ‘craft bucket’ . We had lots of fun and the weather was pretty kind to us. I know that regular visitors to our mini farmer sessions are missing the jammy toast and apple juice.
Sadly Christmas at Gruff this year will be a quiet one. So as not to disappoint too much we have had an idea! We have created a Gruff Christmas craft box – inside there are a couple of crafts to make, including all the materials, something to grow, more ideas for getting creative with all those Christmas card envelopes and we’ve created a cute little Christmas poem too.
Finally, the Gruff team would like to thank you all for your continued support during this difficult time, we hope that we were able to provide a safe place to escape in the fresh air, animals are such a great distraction! Don’t forget that our tickets for mini farmers sessions starting in February will go on sale in January 2021! Take care Gruff friends.