Let knowledge grow from more to more…


Let knowledge grow from more to more, 
   But more of reverence in us dwell

~ Tennyson

Our Nature Journals Week 37

Acorns, Hawthorn, Curly Dock, Blackberries, and Elder. Recording the folklore around these beautiful plants.




Rose recorded a little about seed dispersal


My Calendar of firsts this week: Rosehips and Guelder Berries.


Mini-Beast Hunt: Exploring Nature With Children

Mini beasts

This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Mini-beast Hunt Week’.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Happy exploring!

Calendar of Firsts Week 36


This week we were back to our lessons. There is definitely a change in the air; the mornings are darker, and I am aware of the scent of autumn in the chill mornings.

This week I sketched the Ivy berries and a Rose Bay Willow Herb leaf.

There Shall Be Eternal Summer…

eternal summer

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart Celia Thaxter

Seeds Week: Exploring Nature With Children

Seed Week)

This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Seeds Week’.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Happy exploring!

Nature Journals Week

This meadow is bursting with activity today. The sky was full of huge billowing clouds, and everything is slowing going to seed, preparing for winter’s rest.

Elder, Oak, Red Clover, Hawthorn.
For my Calendar of firsts, I sketched the Elderberries & a Swallow. Which I managed to make look like a Penguin!
Our phenology wheels for August:
No liturgical festivals this month, so I sketched an apple from the garden, and Rose sketched a basket-full that she collected to represent harvest-time.
I also sketched Hawthorn, Rose sketched the carrots and potatoes she grew.



By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.
 Helen Hunt Jackson

Preparing For The Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

Please read on for some important information regarding the date of this year’s Harvest Moon:

The Harvest Moon is the name of the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Harvest Moon usually falls in September, but about once every four years it occurs in October. This is one of those years!

Being English, I like to use the Old English names for the full moons, and I get my informations from the website of the University College London.

Thus, the summer moons are as follows:

  • 9th July : Hay Moon
  • 7th August : Grain Moon
  • 6th September : Fruit Moon

The autumn moons:

  • 5th October : Harvest Moon
  • 4th November : Hunters Moon
  • 3rd December : Moon Before Yule

The Harvest Moon is given the title, as it allowed the farm hands to continue to bring in their harvest by moonlight, when the sun had gone down. The Harvest Moon will often appear larger, brighter, and a warmer colour than other moons, due to the seasonal tilt of the earth.

Having said all that, some people name the September moon the Harvest Moon, whenever the full moon falls, so it’s entirely up to you how you choose to go about this. Due to the seasonal tilt of the earth, the moons at this time of year are all usually full and golden.

If you do choose to go with the October Harvest Moon, here’s how I suggest adapting ENCW (though as always, please do pay close attention to what is happening in nature where you live, and adapt as you see fit.)


  • 4-10th September Week One: Seeds
  • 11-17th September Week Two: Mini Beast Hunt
  • 18-24th September Week Four: Autumnal Equinox (Equinox is on the 22nd)
  • 25-1st October Week Two: Pond Study


  • 2-8th September Week Three: The Harvest Moon (Harvest Moon is on the 5th)
  • 9-15th October Week One: Autumn Leaves
  • 16-22nd October Week Three: Tree Study
  • 23-29th Either a break week or October Week Four: Pumpkins
  • 30-5th Either a break week or October Week Four: Pumpkins

Happy exploring!