Then we went into the gardens, to see a section of a Bailey Bridge (not one from WWII, but the same design) and talked about the attributes which made it strong.
We had a go at making different shaped girders and testing them for strength. Grace proved that you can make any shape strong, as long as you use enough sticky tape!
Then we had to design a bridge - the children got to choose what kind of bridge they wanted to build, and Grace suggested a lifting bridge "just like the Twin Sails Bridge". This is the Twin Sails Bridge!
|Not a tall order then!|
The final result may not have looked exactly like the Twin Sails Bridge, but it was a moveable lifting bridge with a working winch system, and the kids seemed very proud of it; there was almost a fight over who would take it home!
We popped home for lunch, and Grace and one of our friends practiced the "mirroring" technique Grace has been learning in her drama group - not so ably assisted by Jude!
This afternoon we went into Burley to meet my mum, and after a pink hot chocolate (for me) and apple juice and toast (kids), we popped into one of the only shops open. It seems that Burley really is just geared up for tourists, and at this time of year, it is pretty much a ghost town.
The shop that had attracted the childrens' attention was a leathercraft shop, and after admiring the animal handbags, Grace spotted that there was a lady actually doing some leatherworking in the shop. Rachael, from Titan Leathercraft spent ages explaining to the girls exactly how she crafted beautiful designs into the leather and showing them different book covers and handbags.
|Explaining the different tools|
|A completed handbag |
(Grace was very taken with it!)
|The piece Rachel was working on today|
|A completed book cover|
Finally, it always helps to have something up one's sleeve to encourage the children back to the car park to go home, but I couldn't have thought of this trick if I'd tried! They were just starting to drag their feet when they spotted an escaped chicken in the car park, and raced to the car to get a closer look! It did make (thankfully) its way back through the fence shortly after I took a photo.