This week it has been the spring equinox, otherwise called the vernal equinox. So, we deviated away from our nature curriculum to have a closer look and some fun with this instead. So what is it? It is technically when spring starts. It is termed an equinox, as all over the globe day and night is roughly equal in length, being 12 hours each. We are in the northern hemisphere so have the spring equinox, whilst in the southern hemisphere they are experiencing the autumnal equinox. The day and night length is not an exact science, and it has a lot more to do with marking key times in the astronomical cycle of the earth. In a year we have two equinoxes (autumn and spring), and two solstices (winter and summer). There is a lot of other detail I could go in to, but I’m keeping this at the level I am teaching my trio 🙂 The spring equinox has for a long time been celebrated as a time of rebirth, and there are many lovely festivals experienced around the world to celebrate it. So we decided to have our own little celebration, a picnic!
The trio and I thought it would be a lovely idea to head over to the west side of the island to watch the sun set. It’s now setting at about 6pm (bang on its twelve hour day/night cycle), and would be one of the last times the children would see the sunset until the autumn. I love my children dearly, but I equally love their bedtimes as I am exhausted by 7pm, when the house falls calm and quiet!! There will no doubt be the odd time between now and the autumn where they will stay up, but I wanted to be sure they definitely caught this sunset. We knew there was a well positioned fire pit, so we packed up some food to cook, and headed over.
The weather was not totally on our side though. It was a very blustery (and cold as usual!) spring evening, with quite a bit of cloud around. When we arrived though, the sun was peeping through the clouds and the wind dropped a little. We lit the fire, and I got cooking, while the children got playing. This was going to work well being a family too, as Dadda’s bus has a stop on the island a 5 minute walk from where we were. So, I messaged him, and he said he’d join us, getting off at that bus stop on the way back from work. We enjoyed the hot food, followed by a dessert of toasted marshmallows, and then the wind really picked up! Once the wind picked up, we ended up hiding behind a boat hut to protect us a bit as it was very strong!
We waited until the sun had set, peeping out from behind the hut to watch it, then packed up our things and headed home before we blew off!!!