Twist Me and Turn Me and Make a new Pond…

It’s Enrollment week next week at Brownies, and our pond is looking a bit old… and a bit like a tin foil cooking tray (because it is). At the end of last week’s meeting I mentioned this to Tawny Owl, who agreed we should get a new one.

So inspired by some of the Brownie Facebook Groups I did some research… and our new pond is in the process of being made! Even better, it doesn’t cost much other than time.

I wanted to keep it simple. To try and use any old elements of the last pond (there are some leaves we could reuse, for example, Tawny Owl suggested) but make it look and feel like a pond.

Ebay was my first success – some mirror board which is nice and bendy, so no chance of broken mirrors in our cupboard (which is likely as our cupboard needs a good tidy). An A4 piece of acrylic mirror which is 3mm thick, and cost £3.73 with free shipping. Looking good!

A lunchtime trip to Tiger Stores and OH MY GOSH! They have some Grass Table Runners for sale at £3 each. I bought two. This is perfect!! (they wrecked my scissors though, so if you get some use a knife)

Tiger Grass Table Runner

Then I just needed some letters to add to the mirror. Poundland had some nice sparkly ones – I think I’ll only be doing the ‘I looked in the water and there saw….” part so bought enough to do that – cost £1.

Then it was just getting some MDF to put this lovely new pond on. Fortunately there is a yard over the road from my work so I headed there and got an offcut of 60cm x 60cm. I asked how much, but they donated it for free! So very kind of them and much appreciated – so far the total cost for this pond is £7.

Then all I had to do was work out where the mirror would go. As it hasn’t arrived the grass hasn’t been completely glued down yet. I had some Tiger Stores Hyldepapir with leaves on, so thought it would make a good background for now, and if the mirror wasn’t big enough (it should be!).

Brownie Pond, Tiger Stores Grass Table Runner

The biggest issue was finding a glue strong enough. The Tiger Stores grass is tough to cut and even tougher to stick. This isn’t glue gun territory, it’s proper heavy duty glue territory. Fortunately we had some in the cupboard at home. I taped down the grass underneath with some Duck Tape (as it’s nice and strong) and we glued the top in place, not too close to the edges. For added strength Shaun placed all our heavy books on top (mainly old Brownie and Guide annuals from the 1970s and 1980s). So now we have to wait…

Oh, and I need to tidy up those ends too… the grass was messy while cutting it but seems to be sticking together and not falling off now. I’ll post another update when we’ve finished the job – there’s still some way to go!

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Brownie Painting Book

Brownie Painting Book 1970's WAGGGS Print

Back when I was a Brownie I was obsessed with a set of six books. They were something that grabbed my attention but also made me realise I was part of a much bigger thing around the world.

Brownie Painting Book 1970's WAGGGS Print

York had a Guiding shop and they sold for 15-25p each. The very wonderful Brownie Painting Book.

I’ve since managed to pick up two and the memories came flooding back.

The Brownie Painting Book, 1970s WAGGGS Spain

The Brownie Painting Book is still pretty useful these days. While the uniforms have changed a lot, the names of the Brownies are still the same (as far as I could see).

The Brownie Painting Book, 1970s WAGGGS India

I picked up books 3 and 6, and may have a book 1 on the way as well. The books were printed in 1970 by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Check these pictures though!

I want to work on the World Traveller Badge from September and want to use as much information from these books when we take our ‘flight’ around the world. I’m trying to think of a game which uses all the different Brownie names, but haven’t quite found the right thing yet… bear with me!

This picture is taken from the Brownie Guide Handbook from when I was a Brownie.

The Brownie Guide Handbook - Some Brownies of Other Lands