I'll follow you around the world...
You may have noticed my absence here.
We've been in transit. Here's a glimpse of a day at the beach last week... In Los Angeles, CA.
I feel so blessed to be able to share the world with my children. We find new and memorable pieces of nature no matter where we go and we always take some time to explore large and small treasures.
But no matter where I may lead them, in the end, the best times we have are when I can let go and follow. Do you see the tiny explorer footprints ahead of me in this shot?
I'm taking some extra time for family, holidays, and creation in the coming weeks. I'll be back with more excitement and nature awe in January 2019. Join me, put everything aside for a few moments each day... And follow your tiny explorer's adventures. Happy holidays 🤗🎉 #thefrolickingtree#contagiouscuriosity#instabreak#bepresent#happyholidayseason
Circle time has been a consistent part of our home education over the years, and allows us to spend a few moments together at the beginning of our day before everyone carries on with different activities.
For our Advent Circle Time this year, we are following loosely the ideas from @cindyordoamoris beautiful guide to Handel's Messiah. We're revisiting Christina Rosetti's "In the Bleak Midwinter" as our memory work, making pompom garlands as handwork, discussing traditional Christmas plants, and of course, Madlibs!
How does your home education change during Advent?
We have officially declared it Christmas break at our house! While math and spelling will still happen, we are pulling our collection of Christmas books out and taking our days easy. We are baking, listening to Christmas music, watching Christmas movies, making crafts and enjoying our days. So thankful for homeschool days that can flex with our lifestyle!
Day 10 #wilddecember#adventcalendar
My 'Christmas Rose', (Helleborus niger) is flowering. Originally from the mountains of Europe, the pure white flowers bloom during the winter when other plants are dormant. Today I have a longer story for you, as this plant has its own charming European Christmas legend, all about a little shepherdess.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin....
Long, long, ago Madelon tended her sheep on on a cold, dark winter's night, when the ground was thick with snow. In the distance, she saw the Wise Men, bearing gifts for the Christ Child. Following them, Madelon saw the Magi present gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby... but the little shepherdess was so poor, she had nothing to give.
She stood, weeping, outside the stable, wishing that she had a gift to offer.
An angel noticed her distress, and caused the snow at the little girl's feet to vanish, revealing a beautiful white flower, the petals formed from her tears. Overjoyed, Madelon's gave her gift to baby Jesus...the first Christmas Rose! 💚
Ravens. I am prepping for an art lesson/nature-journaling class I’m teaching on Tuesday. I was asked to do some kind of art class for some local middle schoolers whose earthquake-damaged school should be repaired and safe and open for business again next week. This class is to relieve some boredom and provide some fun during this weird unscheduled time away from school. I chose to do a nature journaling/ink drawing class with ravens as the subject because they are all around and easy to observe up close. Also they are paired up and snuggling and doing all manner of cute and lovey things. We’ll talk behavior, non-vocal communication, vocalizations, flight and feathers, skeletal structure etc. I’m excited to talk observation technique and field note taking, and most of all to see their drawings and hopefully a spark of curiosity! Here are some older drawings, if you swipe there are details from the pages of my journal where I have been organizing talking points and drawing tips. ❤️ Looking forward to it!
🎶These are a few of my faaaavorite things! 🎶 .
Some of my favorite pieces are the skull of a Great Horned Owl we almost domesticated on accident, part of a box turtle shell that came out of a bale of hay, a heart shaped rock, and some of the crinoid fossils we’ve found in local TN creeks. .
I have an idea brewing for an IG **giveaway** that includes one of these little vintage bottles, some of the feathers from our farm, and a feather themed book...stay tuned!
Started painting a scene from the cass field station this week but the sandflies were out in mass and I couldn't handle it at the time. I'll have to finish this one up at home and share with you later. #sandfliesarenotmyfriend#pleinairproblems
It's Winter Bird Week in Exploring Nature With Children!
Pop over to the website for some helpful links (there's a direct link in my profile.)
Gorgeous day for a long walk with my eldest daughter. We went in search of turkeys (alive ones), but saw kingfisher, pochard, goosander, whooper swan, treecreeper, redwing, red poll, cattle egret, and a Frightened Rabbit sticker instead 😊
Shaggy Manes, an old sketch I never posted from October 29. I couldn’t believe we still had mushrooms popping up in the end of October. The winter continues to be really warm. While I would like snow (we got some today but it doesn’t look like it’ll last) I am actually happy for the warmth. I learned that it isn’t so much the lack of light that gets me down in the winter, but the cold! This winter is flying by because of how warm it is! Yay for me! I know this will not be a popular opinion, but I am liking these warm days. This weekend is crawling by- Aria is sick so I am tending to her and Luke is feeling cooped up. We all are. #shaggymanes#mycology#inksketch#mushroomsketch#warmwinter#wasilla#naturejournal#naturejournaling
I think an owl print might be next. I loved painting this shortie for my 'First Signs of Winter' print. Need to scout out owl locations, or centres they're kept captive in Yorkshire.
My 'Coastal' birds print is very popular at the minute. Looking forward to the return of puffins to our cliffs next year. If you haven't seen them before, plan a trip next year, they are a treat to watch.