Willow Pattern

We are really enjoying hearing about the Chinese New Year (1st February this year, Year of the Tiger).

We know the story of the Willow Pattern, we have seen a willow pattern plate and we have painted our own plates.

“Two birds flying high,

a Chinese vessel sailing by,

a bridge with three men sometimes more,

a willow tree hanging over,

a Chinese temple there it stands,

built upon the river sands,

an apple tree with apples on,

a crooked fence to end my song.”

We saw a house coat and a Chinese hat that the children in China might wear!

Here’s an interesting story about the animals from the Chinese New Year cycle: