Monday, 16 November 2015
Cogglesford Mill tradtional crafts open day
A few weeks ago we visited one of the oldest flour mills in the country during one of their open days. Although the mill went out of business in 1882 it still works and volunteers open the mill once a month to grind a small amount of flour for sale. We bought a bag of wholemeal for bread making. The Mill hosted a number of country craft stalls and activities and the children got to make their own corn dollies.
It was fascinating to watch a traditional spoon maker at work.
Besides making and selling beautifully carved wooden spoons he runs traditional craft and forestry courses for young adults aged between 16 and 18 years old. I think this kind of vocational training is wonderful and wish their were more opportunities for kids to learn traditional crafts before the knowledge of them disappears altogether.
Beside the spoon display I noticed some leaflets for Woodland Burials. I've always said that I want to be buried beneath a tree wrapped in a natural cloth that will biodegrade easily. I find the idea of a tree marking my time here on this earth to be something beautiful, hopeful and living. A peaceful spot for family to visit whenever they wish. Far better than a tomb stone and much less expensive.
The girls enjoyed trying their hands at hand milling the grain using a quern. We were all surprised how heavy and tiring the work was. This work is where the saying "hand to the grindstone" comes from. It really is a grind. The people of long ago must have had incredibly well developed arm muscles.
There are beautiful views over the Mill of the river below.
It was interesting to learn how mills changed over time.
The woman who helped the children with their corn dollies was very patient. We spent ages admiring her incredible work.
I love the millers hat!
After our visit the children played by the river before having a lovely lunch at the cafe.
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