I am lucky that I get to attend tutor evenings from time to time.
As well as keeping up to date with teaching methods and discussing the importance of equality and diversity within our sessions this Friday's meeting gave us a chance to try something new. I think it is so important as a tutor to be a 'beginner' again as it helps us to understand how our students may feel when they first arrive. At this meet the guys from 'the Special branch' showed us how to make willow festive decorations. It was great fun, and my willow star is now on the top of our tree.
this week we have been decking the halls too; our mantle now is feeling wintery, using the clay houses we made a few years ago at a pottery morning. They each have space for a tealight but this year we have used a strip of LED lights to light up the windows, i love how magical it looks. My youngest teen used the tree prunings to add little 'trees and to make them stable we poked each one into a cork.
the tree is up too and decorated with our precious vintage baubles thrifted many years ago and some delicate glass and ceramic decorations bought from local artists over many Christmasses. To make it a Solstice tree we have added dried orange slices too to represent the sun and have topped it with my rustic willow star.
it is starting to feel wonderfully wintery and festive in our home ...all i need to do now is to finish making the presents!