Calendar of Firsts ~ Week 25

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My Calendar of Firsts for this week:

  • The Summer solstice
  • The Flower moon
  • Rose rescuing exhausted bees by feeding them honey
  • The meadow is full of Cow Parsley
  • The baby Sparrows are out of the nest & flying!

What is happening in the natural world where you live?

Happy exploring!


Summer Solstice Week ~ Exploring Nature With Children


This week is Summer Solstice Week in Exploring Nature With Children.

We planned a lovely walk for the Solstice. And then it rained. And rained. And rained some more! As the rain lightened a little, Rose rescued two bees that were too tired out to fly.


She popped honey on her hand for them to eat, and soon they were right as rain! (Please excuse the pun!) And away they flew.

The sun finally came out and we enjoyed a glorious late afternoon and evening in the garden.


Rose sketched a raspberry leaf for her journal.


I sketched a Blackberry cutting.

What are you studying in nature this week?

Happy exploring!

Calendar of Firsts 13 ~ 19 June 2016

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My Calendar of Firsts for this week:

  • The Foxgloves are flowering.
  • In the garden we spotted a Speckled Wood butterfly
  • Also a Common Hawker dragonfly
  • Last night’s moon was gorgeous! Almost full.

What is happening in the natural world where you live?

Happy exploring!

Calendar of Firsts 6 ~ 12 June 2016

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My Calendar of Firsts for this week:

  • A House Sparrow performing acrobatics at the feeder
  • A pretty brown-lipped snail brought to me by Rose
  • A Kestrel hunting over the meadow
  • My foxgloves are coming along nicely!

What is happening in the natural world where you live?

Happy exploring!

Rearranging My Watercolour Palette


I have been having fun adding some new colours to my watercolour palette. I am not sure they are all keepers, but I intend to enjoy finding out!

New colours include the rather excitingly named ‘Bright Violet’ by Holbein, which was introduced to me last weekend, by my lovely friend Vicky.  I immediately placed an order for my very own tube! It is as gorgeous as expected, and this will be a smashing colour for dropping in wet areas for a little pop of colour.

Also new is Shadow Violet by Daniel Smith This is a definite keeper! a beautiful, moody, deep, grainy violet. Perfect for whipping out shadows when painting en plein air.

New-ish is the Cobalt Turquoise Light; a bit of a quirky colour, definitely not an essential, but fun to use, again for dropping into other wet colours, I enjoy this colour very much!

Naphthamide Maroon and Piemonte Genuine I have had a while, but not really used, so I have made space in the palette, to see how I like them. Naphthamide Maroon is a deep, gorgeous wine, Piemontite Genuine a luscious, granular, violet-brown.

My colour card, from the top:

Left column

  • Buff Titanium
  • Raw Sienna
  • Raw Umber
  • Neutral Tint
  • Bright Violet
  • Permanent Mauve
  • Winsor Violet
  • Shadow Violet
  • Moonglow
  • Indigo
  • Ultramarine (G)
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Cobalt Turquoise Light

Right Coloumn

  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Permanent Rose
  • Quin Magenta
  • Naphthamide Maroon
  • Piemontite Genuine
  • Potter’s Pink
  • Pyrrole Orange
  • Winsor Orange
  • Quin Gold
  • Naples Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Sap Green

What are your favourite nature journaling tools?

Museum Week 2 ~ Exploring Nature With Children

Last week in Exploring Nature With Children was Museum Week. We had a very special trip planned for Rose: Shark diving!


It was a super-exciting day for her; one that has been anticipated for a while. I went behind the scenes with her whilst she received her training, then once she was underwater, I joined dad and sister in the underwater tunnel to watch her.


I have to confess it was so difficult to film in there that I didn’t get much. I shared a short video on my Instagram account (right hand sidebar) But I couldn’t manage to embed in this post!



Once her dive was over, we did the obligatory gift shop visit.


Then we spent time looking around the aquarium at the various exhibits.


We really must read Pagoo again!





I fell in love with this wee tortoise. He really was tiny! We spent ages watching him; he was right out of My Family and Other Animals, which we are enjoying tremendously.





We worked on journal entries at home, choosing to sketch something we had seen there & referencing photos to help us.

Rosie’s Rainbow Tetra


I chose jellyfish, a Tetra, and a beautiful, unidentified fish.


What are you studying this week?

Happy exploring!

Calendar of Firsts 30 ~ 5 June 2016

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My Calendar of Firsts for this week:

  • A golden-pink quarter moon hung in a lavender-grey sky.
  • A Heron hunting over the local garden ponds.
  • Several Cinnabar moths.
  • My foxgloves are coming along nicely!
  • Two webs full of baby spiders.

What is happening in the natural world where you live?

Happy exploring!