Calendar of Firsts ~ Week 49

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Week 49! I cannot quite believe I have only three pages left to complete in my Calendar of Firsts.

Unfortunately I have not been able to carve out time to make another video, and as we head toward Christmas, I see that becoming even less likely. I am hoping to create a video showing a flip though my journal after Christmas.

Lots of rain here this week. (Forgive me, I am English and our main preoccupation is weather.) Mornings are either warm and damp, or cold and dry, the latter being much more preferable! The feeders have been very busy, and we have had wee flocks of Starlings. I found this bird such a challenge to paint, and whilst I am not entirely happy with my sketch, I did get to observe this bird such a lot whilst working in my journal. Which is largely the point of nature journaling, is it not.

I have also noticed lots of moss over the last few weeks, so I added a quick sketch of the rather unimaginatively named ‘Ordinary moss’.

What’s happening in the natural world where you live?
Happy exploring!

Calendar of Firsts ~ Week 47

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This week I have sketched a Magnolia branch from my garden. We have two Magnolia trees, and this one always loses it’s leaves first. It is full of buds and literally only a couple of leaves are left, whilst the other tree is still full of golden leaves. I also sketched the sliver of waning moon from Friday morning. Everything was covered in frost; the air was cold and still. Jupiter was lined up so beautifully with the moon.
Weather-wise, we have had heaps and heaps of rain, along with a few perfect, late autumn, golden, frosty days.
What’s happening in the natural world where you live?
Happy exploring!

Calendar of Firsts ~ Week 46

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No video this week, I’m afraid.

This week I have sketched a Hawthorn branch, bare of its leaves, and a fungus growing in moss. We still have some spectacular autumn colours, but they are just starting to give way to the more somber shades of winter.
Today is Stir up Sunday, so we shall be making our Christmas pudding and cake.
I am delighted that many of you are planning to join me in the 2017 Calendar of Firsts along! Have you purchased your calendar yet?

Painting An Autumn Leaf In My Nature Journal

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This week I have sketched a beautiful leaf from the garden, and a wee Robin Redbreast who has visited us for a while now (this Robin has a couple of white feathers in the wing.). The colours of the autumnal landscape are just so spectacular right now, heightened by frosty mornings and sun-shiny days.

This week’s video:

The supplies I used:

Moleskine diary

Fountain Pen with waterproof ink

Da Vinci 1503 size 8 watercolour brush

Watercolours:

  • Potters Pink
  • Naphthamide Maroon
  • Indigo
  • Permanent Rose
  • Quinacridone Gold

Are you planning to join our Calendar-of-Firsts along next year?

Please note, there currently is a 20% discount available for Exploring Nature With Children using code EXPLORE16 – valid through 29 Nov 16

Painting A Ladybird In My Nature Journal

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This week I have sketched a Ladybird and a sprig of Honesty. We have had some really glorious, sun-shiny days, and the autumnal colours of the landscape are breathtaking. I found this wee fellow in my kitchen, and of course had to sketch it.

This week’s video:

The supplies I used:

Moleskine diary

Fountain Pen with waterproof ink

Da Vinci 1503 size 8 watercolour brush

Watercolours:

  • Shadow Violet
  • Cadmium Red
  • Indigo
  • Permanent Rose
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Raw Umber
  • Neutral Tint

Also, please note, there currently is a 20% discount available for Exploring Nature With Children using code EXPLORE16 – valid through 29 Nov 16

Keeping Wildlife Safe On Bonfire Night

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We drill the importance of safety on Bonfire night to our children; let’s remember the wild creatures too.

If you are having a bonfire, please be sure to build it on the day the fire will actually be lit. This will prevent any wild animals, especially hedgehogs, searching for a comfortable spot to hibernate, coming to a sad end.

When setting off fireworks, check they are not being lit near local bird’s nesting areas: Nesting boxes, trees, hedges etc.

Lastly, as always on bonfire night, keep pets indoors. Bonfire night can be extremely stressful for them.

Have a safe and fun Bonfire night!