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Tullie Time Travellers – Springwatch

We were promised sunshine for today’s Tullie Time Travellers session so we planned to head out into the gardens and look out for signs of spring. Not to be put off by cloudy skies we headed out anyway to see what we could find.

We started by splitting into 4 teams and doing a Spring Flower Scavenger Hunt. Our teams had to find and photograph 8 flowers – first team to get all 8 wins the scavenger hunt and gets themselves on the Tullie Shield.

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Rose, Izzie and Sammy (aka Team Ladybird) tracked down a patch of Daffodils in the Tullie House Garden

Team Lily (Charlotte, Maria and Lily) got a beautiful close up of the Helibore.

Team Lily (Charlotte, Maria and Lily) got a beautiful close up of the Helibore.

Mungo and Leon (aka Team Snail) knew their Miniature Narcissi from their Daffodils!

Mungo and Leon (aka Team Snail) knew their Miniature Narcissi from their Daffodils!

Team Paper Towel (we felt it best not to ask) snapped this pic in the Crocus patch

Team Paper Towel (we felt it best not to ask) snapped this pic in the Crocus patch

All the teams put in a lot of effort, but in the end it was down to the two teams of girls Team Labybird were off looking for green buds, when Team Lily headed back having found all 8!

After doing such a good job tracking down some spring flowers we set our nature hunters off to see if they could get photos of any of the birds or insects that call in to the gardens here at Tullie House. However, we soon realised that birds and sometimes even insects move a little too fast for our photographers in training!

"There was a bird there, honest!" Team Paper Towel (we're still not gonna ask!)

“There was a bird there, honest!” Team Paper Towel (we’re still not gonna ask!)

Team Snail didn't manage to find any of their namesake but they did find this lovely Woodlouse!

Team Snail didn’t manage to find any of their namesake but they did find this lovely Woodlouse!

Team Lily found the Lesser Spotted Lily crouching amongst the Daffodils

Team Lily found the Lesser Spotted Lily crouching amongst the Daffodils

Team Ladybird found these two cheeky monkeys hanging around by the Japanese Dogwood!

Team Ladybird found these two cheeky monkeys hanging around by the Japanese Dogwood!

When it got a bit cold we headed back inside to test our Time Traveller’s nature knowledge in our animal quiz – how would you do?

1. Can you name two of the three species of snake native to the UK?

2.The slow worm is a type of lizard with no legs, true or false?

3. The average mole weighs 80 grams, how many earthworms do they have to eat everyday? 5g, 20g, 50g or 100g?

4. What is the name for a group of cows?

5. All blackbirds are black. True of false?

6. Which of these animals is the fastest? A cheetah, peregrine falcon, snail or rabbit?

7. What type of animal is a barracuda?

8. What is the name for a group of toads?

9. What is the longest species of snake?

10. What is a vixen?

11. What do you call where an otter lives? A sett, a holt, a drey, or a nest?

12. Where are a grasshoppers ears located?

13. Which animal can sleep standing up? A cow, a horse or a sheep?

14. What is a baby kangaroo called?

15. Can ostriches fly?

Three of our teams tied for second place with 10 correct answers out of 15 – but the winners with an amazing 13 right answers was Team Paper Towel (better known as Bert and Matthew!) getting their names onto our Tullie Shield!

To finish off the session we stayed in the warmth and headed up to the Border Galleries to see if we could spot any animals amongst the objects on display, not including the natural history collection of course!

Team Lily got this great shot of our Flying Reiver on his horse.

Team Lily got this great shot of our Flying Reiver on his horse.

Team Paper Towel found this bird adorning one of the objects in our Medieval Carlisle display!

Team Paper Towel found this bird adorning one of the objects in our Medieval Carlisle display!

Team Ladybird spotted this great dish in Carlisle Life!

Team Ladybird spotted this great dish in Carlisle Life!

Team Snail spotted this miniature Border Reiver herding livestock in the Pele Tower diorama in the Reivers gallery!

Team Snail spotted this miniature Border Reiver herding livestock in the Pele Tower diorama in the Reivers gallery!

Don’t forget, the next Tullie Time Travellers is on Saturday 18 April and we’ll be looking at our ARTIST ROOMS Anselm Kiefer exhibition and making some of our own Kiefer inspired masterpieces. If you are or know a child aged 8-13 who would like to join the Time Travellers contact anna.smalley@tulliehouse.org

Answers to the quiz: 1. Grass snake, Adder or Smooth snake. 2. True. 3. 50g. 4. Herd. 5. False. 6. Peregrine Falcon. 7. Fish. 8. Knot. 9. Python. 10. Female fox. 11. a holt. 12. On its knees. 13. Horse. 14. Joey. 15. No.

Tullie Time Travellers: Come Tek A Deek

Today was the first Tullie Time Travellers of the New Year, we started the session by taking a last look around our War Games exhibition, which closes tomorrow, and then we headed up to THe Shed, to look at the new ‘Come Tek a Deek’ exhibition.

 

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THe Shed is the gallery up on our Border Galleries, and ‘Come Tek a Deek’ has been put together by our Community Engagement Officer and 5 Carlisle based sports clubs, Northbank FC, Carlisle Rifle Club, Border Wheelers Cycling Club, Carlisle Cricket Club and Carlisle United.

We explored the exhibition, learning about the stories behind the objects on display, like how a Northbank player once held the world record for the longest headed goal scored and that George V visited Carlisle Cricket Club at Edenside in 1917.

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We also took a good look at the Trophy Cabinet which holds some of the trophies our clubs and their members have won, some of them dating back to 1880!

Before we left THe Shed we took the opportunity to record our thoughts about the question of ‘What object do you think represents Carlisle in 2015?’ in the video shed, being the Time Travellers we had to do this together obviously!

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After our visit to THe Shed we headed back to the Community Room and came up with some of our own games to start filling up our new trophy the ‘Tullie Shield’.

The games included:

Bowling (won by Burt, with an amazing 50 points after scoring 3 strikes out of 3!)

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Cup and Ball (won by Leon, after we stopped counting once he reached 25 catches in a row!)

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… and Throw the Bean Bag at Jill (won by Charlotte, when a well placed rebound hit my arm for 50 points!)

Lily takes her shot

Lots of fun was had all round, and hopefully we can come up with a few more challenges to fill up the ‘Tullie Shield’. Don’t forget the next TTTs is on Saturday 7th February!

The Tullie Shield

Tullie Time Travellers is our group for 7-13 year olds, we meet once a month – for more information please contact anna.smalley@tulliehouse.org

Tullie Time Travellers: Viking Christmas

Today was our last Tullie Time Travellers session of the year, so we spent the afternoon learning about the Viking festival Yule and learning how to write in a Viking runic alphabet known as Futhark!

 

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We started our session by having a look at the Viking objects on display in the Border Galleries and taking rubbings from the replicas of the Bewcastle Cross, to learn more about the Vikings in Cumbria.

Then after a quick trip to the badger sett (because no Tullie Time Traveller can resist a wander through the badger sett) we headed back down to the Community Room to learn more about the Vikings, the traditions of their winter festival that many people still follow at Christmas-time and pick up the basics of Futhark!

The group learned that the Vikings did not celebrate Christmas, as pagans they worshipped many gods, including Thor, Loki and Odin (other Marvel characters are available) but they did have a celebration at this time of year, celebrating the Winter Solstice. The festival of Yule lasted about two weeks, and people feasted and told stories (not unlike Christmas party season now!)

One of the Christmas traditions that may have had its origin in Viking times is that of the Yule Log, some historians think a log was burnt on the fire during Yuletide and people made wishes for the coming year. So the Tullie Time Travellers wrote their own wishes for the coming year on our very own Yule logs!

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For those of you whose Futhark is a little rusty, the Tullie Time Travellers wished for all sorts in the next year, from I-pods to health and happiness to success in exams to gaining First Class Cadet! Thankfully we didn’t have to burn these logs – the chocolate type are much nicer to eat!

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As well as the Yule log, we learnt about where the Vikings came from and what they traded for and what they traded with – by decoding a world map written in Viking runes. Did you know that the Vikings reached the Middle East, trading some of the furs and walrus ivory they had at home for silver, spices and even slaves?!

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Finally our Vikings dressed up and throught about what they might have wished for on the Yule Log over 1000 years ago – our warriors wanted new swords and boats, whilst the ladies of the group prefered gold and necklaces and the sheep on the end, well he wanted more food!

 

Happy Yule from the Tullie Time Travellers and hope all your wishes for 2015 come true!

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