Our Summer Book Basket

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It is a hot & heady summer here, with daily dippings into our Summer book basket. The seasonal baskets work well here – it keeps the books fresh and cries of joy can be heard when we are reunited with our old friends!

Summer by Gerda Muller

A favourite from when the girls were little. This wordless board book still brings smiles.

Mudpies and Other Recipes 

A cookbook for dolls! Perfect for summer baking & cooking for children of all ages & their favourite dolls & teddybears. So sweet and includes classic recipes such as Dandelion Souffle, Mock Mud Puddle Soup & Honeysuckle Wine. Utterly gorgeous.

Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

A soulful book for both children & their grown-ups. Thought-provoking; it helps us to think about the ‘why’s’ of our lives, where we are headed & who we truly are.

Cloud Boy by Rhode Montijo

A simple, dreamy book with few words about a little Cloud Boy who feels lonely. A lovely book, perfect for reading in the garden and then lying on your back looking for pictures in the sky…

Peter in Blueberry Land by Elsa Beskow

Peter is on a hunt for blueberries for his Mother as a birthday gift. He finds more than he bargained for!

The Sun Egg

Fairies, Elves, Gnomes & animals, oh my!

The Flowers Festival by Elsa Beskow

The fairies invite Lisa to their midsummer festival. The little details in this book make it so very special and as always the illustrations of Elsa Beskow are just beautiful. This is a firm favourite of Elianna.

Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow

This one is Mummy’s favourite book! Another superbly illustrated Elsa Beskow book that introduces the child to the process of how clothes were made in times gone by. Pelle shears his lamb & trades jobs with family & neighbours to get the fleece carded, spun, woven & eventually made into a new suit. Beautifully rhythmic. A lovely springtime / summer read.

From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman

Lots to learn in this Junior science book all about the lifecycle of a butterfly.

The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony

A superb story about the journey of a Dandelion seed with a subtle metaphor for trust.

Be a Friend to Trees by Patricia Lauber

Another of mummy’s favourite books. A junior science book that not only covers the ‘how’ but the ‘why’. Trees are a valuable natural resource & this book explains why they must be protected.

Are You a Bee? by Judy Allen

An early nature reader that introduces the child to Bees in an interesting & fun way. A favourite of Rose.

Are You A Ladybird? by Judy Allen

Another in the series, this time about Ladybirds. Colourful illustrations that bring the Ladybird to life.

Toad by the Road by Joanne Ryder

A wonderful poem that takes us through the year with our friends the Toads.A book much loved by Rose.

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Pollinating Pet by Jude Tonkin

A great book to learn about the job that bees do in our world, with a page in the back of the book with ideas for cross curriculum learning.

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Thorough, interesting & surprising, this books does a wonderful job of teaching about seeds with wonderful watercolour illustrations & great text.

Summer is a great opportunity to laze on a blanket in the garden under our Magnolia tree with a stack of books, or sit by the book basket with a friend. I have collected our books over many years & always look to add more. I would love to hear about your favourite summertime reads in the comments.

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Weekend Walk – 28 July

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Last night was hot, humid and heavy. The rain beat down steadily until the early hours.

Out in the woods it is beautiful. Sunshine dappling the damp earth. I can almost hear an audible sigh of relief from the trees for the gift of rain.

We walked for a while through the maze of trees then I set up camp as always with my knitting as the girls played.  I am knitting a very simple shawl for Elianna. The yarn is my own handspun from fibre by Freyalyn’s Fibres. The colours play beautifuly & I love how it is knitting up.

As we head home, Rose insists upon a hot bath with hot chocolate to follow. It is her tradition upon which weather sets no boundaries! My funny sweet girl.

New Beginnings

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Having blogged for a long time over on Blogger & let it go by the wayside due to lots of other commitments, I have decided to blog again & have moved to WordPress for a fresh new start.

Over the last week or two I have had the sudden urge to get rid of clutter…really get rid of clutter. It has been hard, tiring & very emotional work. But I am feeling the benefits. I feel like I can breathe again..

The emotional part for me was getting rid of so much ‘baby clutter’. All the things that had clothed my two daughters as they have grown. Beautiful velvet dungarees & hand knit bonnets that warmed them in winter time, soft cotton knit dresses & crisp linen sun hats that cooled them in the summer sun. Memories galore were in those many boxes. And it was so hard to think of parting with them.

But go they must. My little house needed to breathe again!

I have cut up many of the baby clothes into lovely neat squares, ready to be repurposed (more on that another time.) Some clothes have gone to new homes – to give comfort to the babies of good friends. The remaining things have been boxed into much smaller baby boxes – one for each daughter. They both enjoy seeing the things they wore when they were tiny – they marvel at how small their feet were, and the impossibly small nappies & babygrows they had.

I did save a tiny pair of wellington boots – worn by both Elianna & Rose in their turn.

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Aren’t they sweet?

And they are useful! To be greeted by blossoms & happy memories each time I return home is so much better for the soul than to have all those things packed away in boxes in my attic.

Managing clutter is just that – management. It requires our time, energy & dedication, of which we all have limited resources. And I can see that for me, those resources would be better spent caring for my family & myself.

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