Our Nature Journaling

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This week’s Calendar of Firsts features a very handsome Pheasant, we have seen several of late.

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Rosie’s Phenology Wheel is a new pretty Rock Dove that has taken to visiting the garden, and a hot cross bun to represent Good Friday.

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My Phenology Wheel for March includes Daffodils and Holy Week.

If you’d like some inspiration for keeping your own Phenology Wheel, I have written the Phenology Wheel Guide that will hold your hand as you begin. 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.

Nature Journals : Week Three

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My Calendar of Firsts: Week 3

Alder: male & female catkins, plus the crocus and snowdrops are beginning to peep through.

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: Week 44

Rosie’s phenology wheel for October:

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

A Cherry leaf, and a pumpkin to represent Halloween for the Liturgical / special days section.
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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.

Our Nature Journals Week 39

Rosie’s phenology wheel for September:

A conker, and a teeny jar of blackberry jam to represent Michaelmas!

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My phenology wheel for September:

A conker, and Michaelmas daisies to represent Michaelmas.
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Calendar of Firsts : week 39

Michaelmas daisies, ripening Holly berries, and the feast of St Michael.
What have you been journaling this week?

Our Nature Journals Week 30

For her July phenology wheel, Rose sketched a Barn owl and represented Independence Day, in honour of our American friends.

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My phenology wheel for July is blackberries ripening in the garden, and St. Swithin’s Day!
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For my Calendar of Firsts this week, I sketched the raspberries in the garden and a fledgling Sparrow that Phoebe-cat brought in. Fortunately, it was fine, and we were able to put it back into the garden very quickly.

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June 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 June. A in previous months, Rose worked on her entry whilst I read from the June chapter of Roald Dhal My Year.

Rosie’s phenology wheel for June:

Robin’s eggs and the Summer Solstice

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My phenology wheel for June:

Dog roses, the Summer Solstice, and St. John’s Tide
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Our Phenology Wheel posts for the year:

January

February

March

April

May

Phenology Wheels In May

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 May. A in previous months, Rose worked on her entry whilst I read from the May chapter of Roald Dhal My Year.

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Rose sketched a wild bunny, and as today is Ascension Day, she sketched clouds to represent the festival.

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I sketched the Hawthorn, which to me, is the flower of May! I copied Rosie’s idea of clouds for Ascension Day.

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Our Phenology Wheel posts for the year:

January

February

March

April