Tuesday August 31st: Mary, our partner crofter, told us that she thought our bere was ready to harvest so we did it this morning. It isn't quite ripe yet so we have put it into a sheaf and will wait for it to dry off. We may enter our sheaf into the Yell Show this weekend.
Friday August 27th: This afternoon we went down to the Old Haa to record our rock stories for the geology exhibition. There is a small recording studio upstairs which we hadn't been in before. Mike McDonnell from the Old Haa showed everyone how the big Inukshucks are being built in the garden, Robina Barton from the Geopark project came to make sure the geology information was correct and Dave Sinton, a recording engineer from Unst, came to do the recording.
It was the older pupils who did the rock story recordings so at the end Dave recorded the younger ones singing a song so they could see what it was like to be recorded.
Wednesday August 25th: Today we went to Lerwick for the day. We started by visiting Robina Barton at the Shetland Amenity Trust so that she could show us the collection of Shetland Rocks she keeps in her office. We next went to the Museum with Robina to look at the geology section; the oldest ones stayed there and the younger ones went to look at the printmaker, Howard Towll's, pictures of Shetland wildlife in the art gallery. We went to the Co-op to choose fruit and vegetables for the school menu; as Elsie, our cook, was with us everyone was able to show her what they liked so that she will be able to buy some different things in the future. After we had our picnic lunch we went for our booked visit to the Cooking Bus. We met Sue and Jemima there and they showed everyone some knifeskills and showed us how to make tomato and basil tartlets and a pasta salad. We had a very good day and learned lots!
Tuesday August 24th: This morning we walked up to Margaret's to see one of her hens which has 5 chicks; they are a week old. We saw how good a mother the hen was and how she protected her chicks. We also learned what Margaret has to do to look after them. In the afternoon we harvested the first tatties which we had grown in a bag; they were small but there were quite a lot of them. We are going to give them to the teachers in the cooking bus so they can try some Shetland Blacks.
Friday August 20th: This morning the weather was warm and sunny; we all went up to take pictures of our cereal crops which, except for the buckwheat, are doing well at the moment.
We had a look at all the other plants we are growing as well.
After piece we went to Mary and Magnie's to see how our Shetland kale plants are growing. There has been a lot of very heavy rain lately and Mary told us about how this is affecting their croft. She showed us the plant which has the seeds for the kale which she will plant next year; we could compare them to the pea pods which we have grown at school. They have 2 new sheepdog puppies which Magnie showed us. Mary has been using her fruit to make jam and had used Margaret's eggs to make lemon curd; she gave us a pot for everyone. Thank you very much for having us and for giving us presents!
Before we went to Mary's P6 and P7 weeded their veg patch; they pulled up some beetroot and Elsie cooked it and gave it to us for lunch.
In the afternoon we looked at a couple of our pots which had Shetland black tatties growing in them; we had quite a lot of tatties but they are very small.
This is a link to the 2Simple blog where they have published some of our work; they blogged about it last term but we are just catching up with it!
Wednesday August 18th: Today was the first day back at school for the bairns; we are really glad to welcome our new P1s and hope they will be very happy with us. We now have a Glow blog which will be much easier for the children to add to so please bookmark that as well if you would like to keep up with our news. We will still be adding things to this site too. We have been able to harvest some more crops and Virtual Veggies were able to sell Elsie some peas and carrots for us to have for our school lunch.
Thursday August 5th: We are having mixed fortunes with the things in the garden; the cauliflowers have had something attack their roots and have had to be thrown away but the strawberries have been eaten and yesterday Lucy could harvest some peas and her granny had a lettuce. The cereal crops are doing well; we just need some sun so they ripen!