The Lunar Eclipse

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We made it for the eclipse!

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We had a very vocal visit from a neighbourhood cat, plus one of our garden hedgehogs was out enjoying the food we leave for them each night.

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We listened to our hedgehog munching as we watched the final light of the moon disappear, to see the whole moon suddenly turn red! Unfortunately I could not pick it up with my camera. This is the best shot I could get.

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I am sorry it is so poor! I am really not the best photographer.

We had a great night. The children are now tucked up in bed, and at 4am, I am wide awake 🙂

The Harvest Moon – Exploring Nature With Children

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This week is Harvest Moon Week in Exploring Nature With Children, and what a beauty!

We went for a night-time nature walk and were treated to this beautiful, glorious moon.

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My plan is to set my alarm for around 2:30am and if the sky is clear, wake up the children.

Wish me luck!

Exploring Nature With Children ~ Autumn Equinox

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We had a beautiful morning for our Autumnal equinox nature walk using Exploring Nature With Children.

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We found several items on the treasure hunt list:

A golden leaf

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Something soft

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Something wet

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A cluster of berries

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A red leaf; what a beauty!

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A beautiful spider landed on my arm whilst we hunted, we found his web & heard migrating geese overhead.

We were slightly distracted picking Elder berries, which shall be later made into cough syrup.

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Here are our nature journals from this week

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Happy Exploring!

The Autumn Book Basket

The Autumn Book Basket

The Autumn Equinox is almost upon us, so I wanted to share with you the children’s books that I have collected over the years. They are very much family favourites, and I hope that you will find a favourite or two here also.

Brambly Hedge Autumn Story by Jill Barklem

The Brambly Hedge stories are an absolute treasure, and these books were my own as a child. The stories are sweet and the illustrations are truly outstanding.

Mousekin’s golden House by Edna Miller

Again, beautiful illustrations. This is a lovely story for the younger child on Halloween.

Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall

A gentle, rhythmic story about seasonal nineteenth century New England farm life. This is my own personal favourite, one that I look forward to having grandchildren to read it to!

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

A great introduction to the lifecycle of the pumpkin, a little boy plants a seed & waits for it to grow..

Halloween Is… by Gail Gibbons

A book about the origins of Halloween, & modern celebrations. Beautifully told.

The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

Another smashing book from Ms Gibbons, all about..pumpkins 🙂 Bright pictures & very informative.

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

A simple tale of a kitten seeing the world bathed in moonlight for the very first time.

We Gather Together by Wendy Pfeffer

A glorious telling of Autumn celebrations from around the world & over time. A must!

Hello Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher

A beautifully written tale that is essential reading for the Harvest Moon. One you will read year after year…

Woody, Hazel, and Little Pip by Elsa Beskow

Another delightful nature tale from Elsa Beskow.  Two acorn children who get carried away by the blustery autumn wind. A wonderful, curl-up-by-the-fire Autumnal read.

Please note, the booked linked is the mini edition

The Pumpkin Blanket by Deborah Turney Zagwym

The bitter-sweet story of a child giving up her treasured blanket. (Though I confess, I didn’t really think she needed to!)

The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony

One for all year around, I choose to keep this wondrous tale in our Autumn basket. A smashing read about the plant lifecycle.

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Inspiring illustrations (think your nature journal!) and packed with information for all ages.

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

A magical story that will inspire your child’s creativity. One to pull out & read before heading out of doors on an Autumn day.

Thank you for sharing with me my favourite Autumn books. I would love to hear about your own; please do share in the comments section.

Please note, I have linked to the books on Amazon.co.uk as I am in England 🙂

Some of the books may now be out of print, which either makes them super-cheap, or super-expensive!