We had our second visit with Marina today, and it was brilliant! Last week, some of us mentioned that our favourite plant was the beautiful wild rose, or Dog Rose. Today, Marina brought us in a young Dog Rose plant, and we got to see her up close! One or two of us didn't believe she was very well protected, but we soon discovered that she is just growing her sharp thorns!
We looked back over the information we learned about the fruit of the Dog Rose - the rose hip. Long ago in Ireland, people used to make syrup out of the hip flesh, and used it when they had a cold! Marina reminded us that they had to be careful to strain the outer part of the rose hip very carefully, because there are thorny parts on the inside section, and you don't want to get them stuck in you! We then had a sniff of the dried petals of a Dog Rose. Some of us liked it, and some didn't, but it was great to get to savour it in winter! What's more, Marina then made us tea with the Dog Rose petals! Most of us thought it was very mild, or soothing, and Marina fed the few cups we couldn't finish back to the plant when we were done.
After our meditation and tea, we drew some pictures of the dog rose with chalk and pastels. Today we got to use glitter glue as well, and it was very exciting! Marina also told us a story of the Dog Rose that comes from Native American folklore. We really love to hear these new stories!
To finish off our workshop, we had one of the most unusual experiences - we listened to the plants! Marina has a special machine that can pick up electromagnetic signals from the plant and convert it into sounds we can hear. It is AMAZING. What's more, Dog Rose wasn't particularly in the mood for singing, and only gave us a little burble once. Her friend, Dandelion, was feeling a lot more chatty, and as soon as Marina connected him, we heard the most beautiful sounds coming through the speakers!
Thank you, Marina, Dog Rose and Dandelion for coming and speaking (and singing!) to us!
4th, 5th and 6th in the prefab!
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