Room For It All!

“Who can be wise, amazed, temp’rate, and furious,loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man.” MacBeth Maybe not a man Macbeth, but a woman (or maybe it’s just me) can feel and flow with various emotions in one moment right? As I watched my youngest daughter and her friend walk through the pretty park grasses…

Life On The Park – March

Dear March – Come in – How glad I am – I hoped for you before – Put down your Hat – You must have walked – How out of Breath you are – Dear March, how are you, and the Rest – Did you leave Nature well – Oh March, Come right upstairs with…

Life On The Park – February

“Keep your faith in beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone.” –  Roy R. Gibson February is kind enough to bring sweet whispers of spring; hope in the form of snow drops and aconites bobbing their heads in the late winter winds and rains. The park is…

Nature Nut In A January Rut?

“Just living is not enough; one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen I have a ‘thing’ when I read a book, study an artist or discover a new poet that I have to ‘know’ about their life; I’ll do a quick wiki search, find a podcast interview or just innocently…

It’s a frog’s life!

“‘Is the spring coming?’ he said. ‘What is it like?’ … ‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth.’” —Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden The picture above was the scene that met us last week as we gathered with…

The Simple Feast

We spread an abundant and delicate feast in the programmes and each small guest assimilates what he can – Charlotte Mason (Vol. 6, p. 183). The delectable ‘feast’ is one of the appeals of a Charlotte Mason Education; the variety of stories and lives and lessons to fill our children’s hearts and minds excites me…

No Shame

“The parent’s chief care is, that that which they supply shall be wholesome and nourishing whether in the way of picture books, lessons, playmates, bread and milk, or mother’s love.”  Charlotte Mason I was speaking this morning to a small group of employees and volunteers at a local Christian charity; they’d asked me to come…

My Living Books Life – Celeste Cruz

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. –Henry David Thoreau Like many homeschooling moms, I have always been a lover of books.  I’m embarrassed to admit how many Baby-Sitters Club books lined my shelves, but I also gobbled the good stuff: I re-read my Little…

To Walk And To Wonder – Words & Pictures

Every hour spent in the open is a clear gain, tending to the increase of brain power and bodily vigour, and to the lengthening of life itself – Charlotte Mason In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt ― Margaret Atwood “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There…

Why We Nature Journal

As soon as he is able to keep it himself, a nature-diary is a source of delight to a child. Every day’s walk gives him something to enter: three squirrels in a larch tree, a jay flying across such a field, a caterpillar climbing up a nettle, a snail eating a cabbage leaf, a spider…