I can't get used to May Day being moved to the nearest Monday but we tried to get into a gently festive mood yesterday. Littlebourne had what we call a fun day which started with stalls, games and loud pop music for the children in the tithe barn. In the afternoon we had an open day at our very small but beautifully formed nature reserve: Image

Lots of bat boxes and different sized nesting boxes on the trees and plenty of labels to tell everyone what everything is.

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We've got two of these lovely bug hotels which are so sculpturally perfect that I think we need them even if they never get any 'guest's to stay

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The pond is a major feature, crammed with dragon fly larvae, tadpoles, toadpoles and newtpoles each year. Is that what you call them?

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Wendy Blanchet, our resident artist has workshops for the children a couple of times a year and these are some of their clay models. I thought the snail looked as if it had its shell on back to front but maybe I'm being difficult.

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We rounded off the day with a barbecue in Turner's Orchard and singing along with the Deal Hoodeners

Note the pan of mulled cider on the gas stove in the foreground that helped the party go with a swing. There was also a barbecue on the go but the veggieburger's fell apart and had to be abandoned.

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As far as the children were concerned the Hooden Horse was the highlight and if they don't looked scared it could be because they took it in turns to get inside and chase each other round. All over by 7pm and home to bed! A typical holiday in rural East Kent...

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