Happy Michaelmas!

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I love this time of year; the sense of abundance in nature combines with the cosiness of home. After a long summer of lazy days, we return to our familiar daily routines. Everything begins to turn inward again as we prepare our hearts and homes for the long winter months ahead.

Where I live, the Michaelmas Daisy is everywhere.

The Michaelmas Daisies, among dede weeds, 
Bloom for St Michael’s valorous deeds.
And seems the last of flowers that stood,
Till the feast of St. Simon and St. Jude.

On that lovely note, I wish you a happy and healthy Michaelmas, from my home to yours!

Painting Rose Hips In My Nature Journal

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My Calendar Of Firsts this week featured the Rose Hips that were in abundance on our Autumnal equinox walk, and the beautiful Garden Spider that has been building her web over my living room window for the past couple of weeks!

What a joy it has been to watch her each day.

You can see me painting the Hips in this week’s video.

The supplies I used:

Moleskine diary

Fountain Pen with waterproof ink

Da Vinci 1503 size 8 watercolour brush

Watercolours:

  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Cadmium Red
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Winsor Orange
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Ultra Marine (green shade)
  • Indigo
  • Raw Sienna

This is  just a short video to share how I work. I would love to hear how you create.

Do come over to the private FaceBook group for families working with their children to encourage one another in our journaling pursuits. It would be lovely to see you there.

The Charlotte Mason Nature Journaling FaceBook Group

Autumnal Equinox Week

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The weather here was beautiful on the Equinox, so we went out for a leisurely stroll in the woods, despite the girls recovering from a nasty virus, and me coming down with it. (You know, the ear, nose, and throat sort.)

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Rose couldn’t resist the water.

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Everything is still very green, though some leaves are beginning to turn.

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Rose also visited her pigeons this week

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Some of her journal pages from this week:

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How was your equinox?

Happy exploring!

Painting A Toad In My Nature Journal

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My Calendar Of Firsts this week featured some of the things we saw on our ‘moon walk’ a few evenings ago; the Harvest Moon, a hunting owl, and a toad.

You can see me painting the toad in this week’s video.

The supplies I used:

Moleskine diary

Fountain Pen with waterproof ink

Da Vinci 1503 size 8 watercolour brush

Watercolours:

  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Ultra Marine (green shade)
  • Phtalo Blue
  • Indigo
  • Cadmium Yellow Light

This is  just a short video to share how I work. I would love to hear how you create.

I have recently created a private FaceBook group for home educating families to encourage one another in our journaling pursuits. It would be lovely to see you there.

The Charlotte Mason Nature Journaling FaceBook Group

The Harvest Moon

This week is Harvest Moon Week in Exploring Nature With Children. We have been doing some reading about the moon and Lunar eclipses, and watching the sky closely!

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On Friday evening, we set off and walked through a local meadow.

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What a treat we had! Bats galore, an owl, and a wee toad that Rose found

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Then the star of the show!

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When we first spotted the moon, it hung large and low in the sky, like a golden penny. Once we were home, and it was higher in the sky, it was a beautiful silver. I left my shutters open in the bedroom, as I am fortunate to be able to see the moon for most of the night from my window. It filled the room with light all night long.

Here is Rosie’s journal entry:

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Did you get to see the Harvest moon?

Painting A Dandelion In My Nature Journal

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The supplies I used:

Moleskine diary

Fountain Pen with waterproof ink

Da Vinci 1503 size 8 watercolour brush

Watercolours:

  • Naples Yellow
  • Winsor Orange
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Ultra Marine (green shade)
  • Phtalo Blue
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Quinacridone Magenta

This is  just a short video to share how I work. I would love to hear how you create.

I have recently created a private FaceBook group for home educating families to encourage one another in our journaling pursuits. It would be lovely to see you there.

The Charlotte Mason Nature Journaling FaceBook Group