Calendar of Firsts 23 ~ 29 May 2016

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My Calendar of Firsts for this week:

  • I added the Seasonal Blue Moon again for Monday; it was super-bright, and hung golden-pink in a navy sky.
  • A pair of Swallows dancing in the evening sky against a glorious sunset.
  • A baby rabbit waiting nervously to cross the road.
  • We also had lots of Goldfinches at the feeders in the garden this week.
  • Rose was very busy bug-hunting!

What is happening in the natural world where you live?

Happy exploring!

Butterfly Week~Exploring Nature With Children

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This week is Butterfly Week in Exploring Nature With Children, and our butterflies arrived right on cue!

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Such beautiful creatures, we have really enjoyed raising them.

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We still have one with us; it has a damaged wing and cannot fly, so Rose is taking great care of it, making sure it has food and regular walks around the garden.

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I am very much looking forward to sketching this one, but the butterflies were ousted from my journal this week by a new addition to our animal family! Unfortunately, one of Rosie’s Ballon Molly’s died last week, so we went to the pet shop to get a new Molly, but Rose spied the most handsome Siamese Fighting Fish. So home with us he came.

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He is named Heracles, as our reading that morning had been from D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths, the story of the strongest of all mortals, so it was the perfect name for our extremely handsome fish!

How was your nature study this week? Do you have butterflies yet?

Happy exploring!

Calendar of Firsts 16 ~22 May 2016

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My Calendar of Firsts for this week:

  • Cumulonimbus clouds piling up in blue skies.
  • A hungry Great Tit raiding a bush in my garden for tasty caterpillars.
  • Full moon 21st ~ A seasonal blue moon; the 3rd of 4 full moons this season.

What is happening in the natural world where you live?

Happy exploring!

Last Posting Day For The Nature Pen Friends Swap

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Saturday is the last day for posting out your parcel to your nature pen friend.

PLEASE TAKE TIME TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU ARE ABLE TO POST TO YOUR NATURE PEN FRIEND. MOST COUNTRIES HAVE VERY STRICT GUIDELINES ON WHAT CAN GO IN AND OUT VIA THE POSTAL SERVICE. 

**THIS IS YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY**

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR FAMILY TO LET THEM KNOW THAT YOUR PARCEL IS ON IT’S WAY.

Once your parcel arrives, please contact the family that sent to you, to let them know of its safe arrival.

If you have a blog, or are active on social media, please about your nature pen friends package, you can also share on the Exploring Nature With Children FaceBook page.

Thank you again for taking part, please feel free to email me at lynnseddonhs at gmail dot com with any questions.

Black Garden Ants Week ~ Exploring Nature With Children

This week is Black Garden Ants Week in Exploring Nature With Children. We have had a heavy week this week. You may remember that my dear Mother-in-Law is very poorly, and she has needed a lot of care this week. We did not manage our nature walk, but we have been busy observing the natural world around us.

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Rose found a particularly handsome snail, which she fed with banana and took some photographs of.

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Our Space Seeds are coming along well! This tray contains seeds from the red packet. They are growing strong!

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Our caterpillars are due to make their appearance any day soon. I am hoping today, as I have to go away with my big girl tomorrow for a night, and we don’t want to miss all the action!

Have a look at my Instagram page to see our dancing chrysalis.

We sketched a chrysalis for our nature journals

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I am always so fascinated at how beautiful the chrysalis actually is, with its gentle golden highlights. (Please ignore my spelling mistakes!)

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How are your nature studies coming along this week?

Happy exploring!

Calendar of Firsts 9 ~15 May 2016

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My Calendar of Firsts for this week:

  • We visited a local observatory to watch the transit of Mercury cross the face of the sun
  • Several Holly Blue butterflies
  • Cabbage whites
  • Lots of Jack-by-the-hedge growing around our apple tree
  • The dandelion clocks are out in force!

What is happening in the natural world where you live?

Happy exploring!

We All Have Need To Be Trained To See

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“We all have need to be trained to see, and to have our eyes opened before we can take in the joy that is meant for us in this beautiful life.”

Charlotte Mason

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Happy exploring!