Tuesday, 7 November 2017

40.52 Historic Mugga Mugga House // Making Water Wheels!

We spend a fascinating afternoon during the school holidays out at Canberra's historic and beautiful Mugga Mugga house. Only 15 minutes from my house but somehow we have never explored this beautiful historic homestead!?

It was the location of a wonderful hands-on holiday workshop run by ACT Historic Places

After a tour around the fascinating homestead, the children were led in a workshop by a local artist who showed them how to construct a water wheel. They discussed how water wheels were used back in the original homestead days and soon the kids were merrily (and noisily!) hammering away, constructing their own! It was the prettiest workshop background I ever did see too - that view?! No fingers were damaged, the kids had a blast and were so proud of their creations (that I forgot to photograph, oops!). But I loved seeing them work with their hands and with such industry. Such concentration and cuteness. Afterwards, they trialled the water wheels under running water and best of all, in the coming week they experimented with them at home too, using our garden tap and with a lot of splashing!! 

I love that we never cease to find new adventures and places to explore in our own backyard!

Project 52: A portrait of my family, once a week, every week, in 2017.

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