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…

Life On The Park – January

“Chill airs and wintry winds! My ear has grown familiar with your song; I hear it in the opening year, – I listen and it cheers me long.” ‘Woods in winter’ – Longfellow It’s almost one year since we put our house on the market and our year of major transition began; if you’ve stepped in…

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…

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…

Ten Top Tips For Winning With Nature Study

An environment-based education movement–at all levels of education–will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods There are no ‘rules’ when it comes to nature study so you can relax now mama! Charlotte Mason painted…

They’re Watching You!

  Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you – Robert Fulgham   The following post is an excerpt from ‘Moments on mothering‘ Who we are and what we say, what we do and how we play out our lives is really important to our children. Every day…

Winter Poetry

Out of the bosom of the Air Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, Over the woodlands brown and bare, Over the harvest-fields forsaken, Silent, and soft, and slow Descends the snow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poetry can be,  without a doubt, daily delectable soul food but so many of us archive it in the…