Monday, 31 October 2011

How to brew Nature Stew

On a family walk we decided to play
A Halloween game in the park yesterday.
All up for the challenge, Spooky Scavenge* the name
And cousins, all four, joined in with the game.

They found red-veined leaves to be fresh dragon hearts
And dried up red flowers were - of course - body parts.
We found pixie wings and the tooth of a cat
And brown plane tree leaves were the wings of a bat.

A seed head became a spider's remains
And wizened old chestnuts were rabbits' dried brains.
Goblins' eyeballs were conkers, a twig a bird's claw
We'd not noticed such nasty nature before.

Back in the cavern, we put in a pot
Some strange orange cubes and some water - quite hot.
Then, just like the witch in Room on the Broom*
They threw in ingredients and sniffed the perfume.

In went the squirrel tail and wings of the bat
In went the brains and the tooth of the cat.
Body parts and spiders were tossed in the pot
They cooked it and smelt it and stirred it a lot.

They sprinkled in glitter
And stirred it some more,
Then ladled it out to pots 1, 2, 3, 4.

And now it is set
Four potions are ready.
The nature is glistening, captured in... jelly!

*Thanks to Woodland Trust, Nature Detectives for the scavenger hunt idea, and to Julia Donaldson for the Room on The Broom rhythm which inspired my poem.


  1. Awww, I love this and what a fab poem! Clever you!

  2. Hi Julia
    This looks fabulous! As do all the fun ideas you blog about. We'd love to invite you to an event we're holding on Sunday for Perform which you expressed interest in the Facebook page. Perhaps you could drop your email address to for all the details?

    thanks so much!

  3. Ooh yes. Thanks for the reminder about Sunday. Will email asap. x

  4. What a lovely idea (and a talent for poetry too I think). We've been collecting lots of treasures on our walks and you've inspired me now to have a go at doing this.


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