Floating Things For this you will need:

1. The float from two months ago. If you do not have it, you will need a float like a flat piece of cork, or the top from a water bottle.

2. A cereal bowl of water. 3. One tablespoon full of salt. 4. A pencil.

Your challenge is to make something or someone starting with a fir cone.

Put your float on the water and then make a mark on the float to show where the water came up to on the float.

Now, put the salt into the bowl and stir it until it has all dissolved. Put your float back into the water and make a mark where the water now comes up to on the float. You will find that the float is less in the water and more out of the water when the salt is mixed in the water. This is because the salt makes the water ‘more solid’ and can support a heavier object. This is why it is easier to learn to swim in the sea (as long as there are no waves!) rather than in a swimming pool.

Large cargo ships have these lines on them, because some waters where they sail are more salty then others. This shows the maximum weight the cargo ship can safely carry in different oceans. It is called the Plimsoll Line.

Easter Fir Cone Competition Winners!

There were imaginative entries for this year’s Easter Competition. In the end, the judges decided to give joint first prize to sisters.

Sophie Mitchell (age 8) and Lucy Mitchell (age 6)

The use of the fir cone to make a hedgehog is a natural and to make a squirrel’s tail shows great imagination.


Katy and Daniel are on holiday by the sea. Today they are exploring rock pools on a rocky headland that goes out into the sea. They like rock pools. Water in the pools is very clear and they can see barnacles, mussels and sea anemone. In one pool on a sandy bottom, they even see a small flat fish.

Suddenly, they hear a shout in the distance! They look up to see a sailing boat with three people waving to them frantically. Daniel can see they are in trouble. There is no wind for their sails and their engine seems to have broken down because they are drifting towards sharp rocks.

Daniel waves back to them and they both rush off to get help.

They run to the harbour, which has the nearest telephone. A fisherman, who they know, called Hugh, asks them what the matter is. Daniel tells him about the yacht. Hugh says he will take his fishing boat to rescue the yacht. He tells Katy and Daniel to get on board because he will need their help. Hugh drives his fishing boat out of the harbour as fast as he can, then round the headland to the yacht. They are only just in time. The yacht is VERY close to the rocks. Katy is asked to keep a sharp look out for

rocks as they get nearer the yacht.

A man on the yacht throws a rope to Daniel who ties it very securely to the back of the fishing boat. Hugh then tows the yacht back to the safety of the harbour. The three people on the yacht are very relieved to be safe in the harbour and thank Katy, Daniel and Hugh.

The next day, when the yacht engine is repaired, Katy, Daniel, their Mummy and Daddy and Hugh are all invited to go for a sail and a picnic in the yacht to say thank you for being rescued. They go to a quiet sandy cove and have a very good picnic. Think of all the things you like to have most on a picnic and this is what they had.

Simple Steps to Reducing Plastic

The impact that plastic has on our world is only just beginning to be realised. For years, we have heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a huge island of floating plastic debris found in the Pacific Ocean. We have known about the plight of sea creatures becoming trapped in plastic fixings and eating plastic debris. We are now hearing about how plastic micro-fibres are turning up in our drinking water and food. If you are concerned about, this here are some easy steps that you can take.

It is better not to use plastic than it is to recycle it, so choose not to buy food that is heavily packaged. Use the local butcher to buy your meat from. There are two Butchers in Cockermouth, Tony Harrison and W. Lindsay. If you live in Keswick, then Thomasons is the place to go.

Choose not to buy plastic wrapped and packaged fruit and vegetables, go to County Fruit Stores in Cockermouth on Station Street. The staff there will weigh and pack your fruit and vegetables in traditional brown paper bags. You can buy exactly the weight you want which also reduces food waste too.

There’s a fish shop called Fyne Fish on Station Street in Cockermouth.

Well done to you both and a very big Thank You to Cockermouth Art and Craft of Main Street, Cockermouth for so willingly being involved.

Thank You! A very big thank you to all who donated books to Children’s Books for Foodbank this Easter. Thanks to the generosity of Cockermouth Post readers, a total of 122 books were given. That means 122 children would have something of their own at Easter.


It is a conscious choice that we all must make. The big brand supermarkets and food manufactures have over the years, changed the way that food has been packaged and presented. Not to make it healthier for us but to make it easier and cheaper for them to transport, to increase its shelf life and ultimately to increase their profits. To improve your health, eat fresh, unprocessed and lightly-packaged food. To improve your community, support your small, local independent traders.

Ruth Noonan ISSUE 425 | 26 APRIL 2018 | 54


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