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!

Hips And Haws

 

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I have been quite poorly this week, so I was bursting to get out for a walk this morning.

Unfortunately Rose has now caught my cold, so it was just me and my big girl.

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It was damp & chilly, but not too cold. We enjoyed the colours that are beginning to change.

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The hedgerows are bursting, and we collected hips and haws.

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Once back at home, we settled in for apple cake, knitting, and a spooky tale: The Canterbury Ghost by Oscar Wilde

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Elianna is knitting a hat with her own hand-dyed yarn.

I am working on socks for Elianna

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We crafted winter posies from the hips and haws; jewell-bright reminders of the natural world to brighten our days.

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Happy exploring!

Growing Up In England

Growing up in England

Jamie from Simple Homeschool has written a smashing book:

Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book At A Time

To celebrate, she has interviewed families all around the world and is sharing their stories.  I am thrilled to share with you that we are today’s featured family!

Please head over to Simple Homeschool today to read our story.

Masterly Inactivity for the Homeschooling Mother, or, Why We Do Not School Year ‘Round

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I occasionally write for the wonderful Sandbox To Socrates site (a veritable treasure trove for the Charlotte Mason / Classical home educator)
I have a post up there today. Make yourself a cup of something good to drink, and take a moment to read.
Masterly Inactivity for the Homeschooling Mother, or, Why We Do Not School Year ‘Round

A Warm And Cosy Giveaway

Do you remember the socks that I was knitting for Rose? With the yarn she dyed herself? They are finally complete.

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And they are too small 🙂

I knew they would be too small from the beginning, as I had cast on too few stitches. I keep a little scrap of card with everyone’s stitch count and unfortunately, I looked at the number of stitches I used for Rose when she was younger.

But I would like to take the opportunity to offer the socks as a giveaway. A small gesture of thanks to you all for your continued support.

As they are hand-knit, they have a fair bit of stretch, so should fit a range of sizes, but I would suggest Euro size 28-30 / UK 10-11.5 / US 10.5-12.5 This is my approximate guess!

They are made from the softest merino wool, with a very fine silver thread that runs throughout to give a lovely sparkle. They will be best hand washed (I use the hand wash programme on my washing machine.)

If you would like to be entered to win, please comment below & Rose will draw a name on Sunday.

Please share this with friends. I shall also be sharing on the Exploring Nature With Children Facebook group

January Nature Table

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I cleared up our advent nature table once Epiphany was over, and the kings had made their arrival (you can see a photo of the December table here.)

We keep our nature treasures in a special box and Rose was keen to add lots of items, so we have a real miss-mash going on!

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Flies that she has bought for fishing, crab shells we found on the beach a few years ago, a gnawed cone from a recent walk

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She found this glorious chunk of lichen recently, which made a handsome addition to our January table.

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And our rainbow fairy. If you read my last Calendar of Firsts post, you will know we had a few last week.

What is on your nature table this month?

Edit: I get asked a lot about the book on our nature table. It is by Elsa Beskow & is called Around The Year. Be aware that there is a mini edition available when buying; ours is the full A4 size.