This week we went to the coal mining museum with the home ed group...and Gran.
Meeting the pit ponies. None of the ponies work down the mine anymore but they keep them to remind the public of the work they did. Especially after a law was passed meaning that the children had to go to school instead of working down the mines from 5-10 yrs old.
The three older kids and I went down the mines. It was an hour tour. It was brilliant, we saw models of the people working down there, the tools and machinery that were used and they even switched off the torches so that we could see how dark it used to be!
Some coal that Googs found
There was lots to explore
More pit ponies
We then went to enjoy nature...and the sun!
Kiki asked me to make her a daisy chain necklace
and then a crown. "Me!, I'm a flower princess"
Fishing for frogs.
We even found a waterfall
And got to climb trees.
Spring is here!
This is a monument to the dead ponies.
I am not sure whether they bury them here or scatter their ashes.
We weren't expecting to connect to nature today, it was a pleasant surprise :)