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Rainbows - a Symbol of Hope
- Lisa Lambourn
With rainbow pictures springing up around the world during the Coronavirus pandemic, we wanted to share your rainbow creations and share a little love on our website.
We have always been mad about rainbows which may explain why we have a wide range of rainbow baby rattles, wooden rainbow toys, rainbow stripe blankets and rainbow coloured toys including bunnies and unicorns in stock.
We love the fact that rainbow paintings are being displayed in homes all over the UK, Europe, USA and Canada - they are probably in other parts of the world too so if know of any other countries, please let us know. We are not sure who started this trend but many schools in the UK encouraged their children to put up pictures of rainbows and we have seen some lovely creative pictures. Some of our customers have been sharing their art work on our Facebook page - if you have shared yours, take a look at the bottom of this page and see if you can spot your creation.
Did you know that you can make a rainbow using a glass of water, a piece of paper and a torch? To do so, just fill the water glass almost to the top and place it on the paper, then move the torch around over the water until you see a rainbow appear on the paper. Why is this happening? Well, light is made up of many colours but when it passes through water it is broken up into the different colours and shows as a rainbow.
In her address to the nation on Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II said that this moment in time will be remembered 'as an expression of our national spirit, and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children'.
In Greek mythology, Iris is the personfication of the rainbow and is seen as a link between Heaven and Earth. In the Bible, a rainbow appears right after the worldwide flood and is seen as a sign of God's promise that he will never destroy Earth with flood again. Most people are aware of the myth that there is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow - it is a symbol of hope and realisation of dreams - something we all need in these difficult times.
We found some rainbow jokes - what do you call a rainbow over an airport? A planebow. What do you call a rainbow over a farm? A Grainbow What do you call a rainbow over a building site? A cranebow. What do you call a rainbow over a station? A trainbow....
Have you been on a walk in your neighbourhood to spot rainbow pictures? How many did you find? We would love to hear from you.
Please enjoy our gallery of rainbow paintings by our customers - we will be adding to these as we receive more.