Our Nature Journals Week 13

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Our week began on Mothering Sunday, with bright blue skies and glorious sunshine, but gradually became wetter as the week wore on. We managed some lovely morning walks still; everything is growing and changing!

We had some excitement in the garden this week; A partial albino Blackbird! Isn’t he a handsome wee fellow!

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This week Rosie sketched the Ash tree buds that were bursting into flower for her field guide.

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We also worked on our phenology wheels for March.

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I sketched a Bumble Bee, Dandelion, and Lesser Celandine.

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What is happening in the natural world where you live?

March Phenology Wheels

Back in January, we began to keep phenology wheels to record not only the changes in the natural world, but also the festivals of the liturgical year that we celebrate.

Here are our entries for March, which Rose worked on whilst I read from the March chapter of Roald Dhal My Year, which we are thoroughly enjoying.

Rose decided to record a frog, as we have had both frogs and toads in abundance, along with symbols for Ash Wednesday and Mothering Sunday.

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I recorded the Vernal equinox, Pussy Willow, and tadpoles, along with symbols for Ash Wednesday.

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Our Phenology Wheel posts for the year:

January

February

My Mother’s Day gifts

I am having just the sweetest time today, with the two wee girls who gave me the honour of being called a Mother.
Here is my present from Rose; my big ‘little’ girl.
The pretty pebble she found for me on our walk this morning. The sketch is going in a frame ♥

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This is my Mother’s Day gift from my big girl, Elianna.
Her name means ‘God has answered our prayers’, and she is my very special firstborn, that took away the pain of Mother’s Day and replaced it with Joy.
Mother’s Day can be a very difficult day for so many; those who have lost a child or Mother, through death, or even estrangement. Those who deal daily with the pain of infertility.
Please know that if Mother’s day is difficult for you, I am praying for you today.
Please feel free to message me with your private prayer needs ♥

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More of Reverence…

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‘Reverence for life, . . . is a lesson of first importance to the child:-

“Let knowledge grow from more to more; But more of reverence in us dwell.”

The child who sees his mother with reverent touch lift an early snowdrop to her lips, learns a higher lesson than the ‘print-books’ can teach.’

Charlotte Mason, Home Education Part II: Out Of Door Life For The Children VI. Field Lore & Naturalists’ Books

Our Nature Journals Week 12

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Spring arrived with torrents of rain, and granite skies, but as the week progressed, the skies lightened to blue, with the kind of puffy grey-bottomed clouds that England is renowned for.

The natural world is bursting right now with spring-time changes; the trees in the lanes are dusted with bright green buds, birds are singing, we hear the sound of insects in the woods. So exciting!

Rose began a page for her Field guide, all about the Oak tree:

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In her journal she sketched a wee Common Newt

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For my Calendar of Firsts, I painted an Ash twig, and a wee toad that Rose had found.

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What is happening in the natural world around you?

Happy exploring!