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:
In her journal she sketched a wee Common Newt
For my Calendar of Firsts, I painted an Ash twig, and a wee toad that Rose had found.
What is happening in the natural world around you?
It’s been a lovely week here; spring sunshine and gentle breezes, with the odd heavy shower. The natural world is changing so quickly right now, waking up from its deep sleep. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you will know that we have a lot of mud!
Rose decided to sketch her wee Horse Chestnut tree. In late summer 2015, Rose brought home a conker from the woods and planted it in a pot. Somewhat surprisingly, it began to grow the following spring (Horse Chestnuts often take a few years to germinate.) and is still faithfully growing.
There is so much to record, but I plumped for the Lenten Moon, which was last weekend, a sprig of Pussy Willow, and a spunky wee Ladybird that crossed my path.
How are your journals coming along this week?
Lots of rain and sunshine this week, some days we have been soaked, some days, basking in the late winter sunshine.
The frogspawn is in abundance, much to Rosie’s delight. She is hoping that she will soon find the endless strings of toadspawn.
We have also seen many birds carrying nest building materials. In the garden we hang little tufts of sheep’s fleece, and the Goldfinches, Great Tits, and a wee Robin have been putting it to good use.
Our week has been unusual this week, in that we have not spent as much time on formal lessons as we usually do; we have been out on trips, plus we had the first meeting of a wee nature group I am running for Rose and two of her friends.
Not much time spent journaling, but Rose sketched a Hydrangea leaf:
My Calendar of Firsts:
How are your journals coming along this week?
We have experienced so much variety of weather this week! Shrove Tuesday was freezing cold, with heavy rains, sleet, and eventually snow. Although this week has been very chilly, some sun has punctuated the otherwise grey skies.
The snowdrops are still blooming, both in the woods and in my garden, and frogspawn is beginning to appear.
Rose did a handsome sketch of the Magnolia buds on our tree.
Her typewriter is currently in favour for all narrations.
I sketched a Daffodil (March is here!) and one of the wee Wrens that visits our feeders.
This week has been sunny mornings, followed by rainy afternoons. then a dark, rain-lashed brush with Storm Doris.
Rose found our first garden frog of the year.
There were tears over this one. She can’t draw frogs she said. She doesn’t know how to get the colours right. It all became very sad. She drew the head on a sheet of printer paper. We worked on local colour, and adding in the darks. I remembered the battery operated eraser I had tucked away and I showed her how to use it to make the highlights.
And everything was all okay again.
I found the first daisy in the park. Spiring is coming!
What is happening in nature in your wee corner of the world?
This week has been a bit of a whirlwind, as my eldest daughter was in hospital for several days.
The first thing we did, the day after she returned home, was to go for a family nature walk. It did us all the world of good; blowing away the cobwebs, refreshing us, beauty all around us.
It was a such a glorious morning, spring is most certainly on the way! We found an interesting burrow, sprouting Daffodils, and lots of mud! The birds delighted us with their song!
Rose spied a Coal Tit, which she later sketched.
The Hazel by the pond was full of catkins, which I chose to sketch, along with a lichen-covered Hawthorn branch, still with its berries intact.
A wee reminder that if you are using Exploring Nature With Children, then next week is February Week Four: ‘A Field Trip’.
Blustery and cold, this week has been again, either heavy rainfall or beautiful frosts. The feeders in the garden are very busy, hence Rosie’s sketch this week. The woods are still pretty bare, which gives us the joy of seeing squirrels scampering around, hunting for food.
In my journal I chose to capture the flowering Hyacinth from my dining room table, and the full Wolf Moon.
A wee reminder that if you are using Exploring Nature With Children, then next week is February Week three: ‘Evergreens’.