Calendar of Firsts: Week 49


Christmas trees count as nature study, yes?

We also enjoyed our first snow this week!

Announcing The New Phenology Wheel Guide!

I am so terribly excited to share with you my new Phenology Wheel Guide!

So many of you have been asking questions about our phenology wheels this year, that I decided to put together a short guide to help you along with your own wheel.

A phenology wheel is simply a visual representation of what is happening month by month, in the natural world around you.

The Raising Little Shoots Phenology Guide is a 33 page, photograph heavy guide, to help you step by step, set up your own phenology wheel for the year.

Keeping a phenology wheel is a smashing way for you and your family to connect both with nature and each other. A way for all the family to gather together to spend time nature journaling; it doesn’t take up much time at all, and is perfect for families who have children of different ages and stages. Everyone can work together, but at their own level.

At the end of the year you will have a superb record of the natural world in your own locality. If you were to keep a new wheel each year, imagine the wonder of being able to look back over previous years’ wheels, and all the memories that would stir.

The guide is currently priced at $6, and will increase to $8 on December 31st

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Happy exploring!

Our Phenology Wheels: November

Here are our phenology wheels for November. I can’t quite believe that they are almost complete! This has been such a delightful project.

Rose sketched a fallen leaf, I sketched dried Ragwort that is plentiful in the meadow right now. We both chose to represent Stir up Sunday in the liturgical sections of our wheels.

Stir up Sunday is a much-loved day in our year. It’s the day that we make our Christmas cake and pudding.  It falls on the Sunday before Advent, and its name comes from the the collect for the day which begins “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people”



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My Calendar of Firsts: Week 47


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There is still lots of beautiful colour around this week, though it is beginning to fade, as so many of the trees have now lost their leaves. I found a huge hall of Oak Galls, which I collected in anticipation of dyeing some wool. I have no idea what I will knit with the wool, yet, but do let me know if you have any ideas. I did think perhaps some colour work mittens.

Happy exploring!

Our Nature Journals This Week


Rosie has done a lot of sketching of animals this week. Here are a couple of examples


This one she copied from the internet


My Calendar of Firsts: Week 45

Gorgeous sunny days here this week, combined with heaps of rain!
I sketched a Blue Tit and a Larch cone.
Armistice Day on Saturday


Happy exploring!

Our Nature Journals: Week 44

Rosie’s phenology wheel for October:

A tree losing it’s leaves, and Halloween for the Liturgical / special days section.

My wheel:

A Cherry leaf, and a pumpkin to represent Halloween for the Liturgical / special days section.
Rosie’s Journal pages for this week: a pumpkin of course!
My Calendar of Firsts: This week we had our first frost, which gave us the most gorgeous sunrise. I also painted my wee pumpkin for Halloween, too.

Calendar of Firsts: Week 43

My Calendar of Firsts Week 43:

Storm Brian rocked the UK, Autumn leaves and Sycamore seeds

Herbal Journal

Bracken, Rose Hips, Red Clover, Oak leaves.

My Calendar of Firsts: Week 42


This week we have had the odd lovely autumnal day, interspaced with heavy rain and high winds.

On Monday we were treated to an eerie, yellow-grey sky, with a luminous orange sun. This was caused by the winds from hurricane Ophelia whipping up Saharan dust!

I also added one of my favourite autumn leaves from the garden.

Our Nature Journals Week 41

This week Rose sketched the solstices and equinoxes


In my Calendar of Firsts, this week is all about the falling leaves!


What have you been journaling this week?