Rush Candles

Collect soft rushes then practice peeling off the outer green skin to reveal soft white pith within, which is then dipped in a saucepan of lard melting on our camp fire (don’t worry – How Hill staff do that bit). This was a job for Broads children of the past, when traditional ‘rush lights’ were used in cottages like Toad Hole. Children hold their candle safely while it burns down, in this fiddly but memorable activity.