Outgoing in Autumn

Autumn has been a busy season for me with the launch of the Guernsey Letter Writers Society back in September, but the monthly letter writing socials are proving productive and I enjoy the dedicated time for writing letters and sharing snail mail trivia with friends.

Here are the stats for my outgoing mail during autumn: I have sent 36 postcards, 11 letters, 39 cards and 1 parcel to a total of 14 countries.

*(Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Guernsey, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Sri Lanka, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

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Bold lettering and vintage stamps are quickly becoming my go-to mail art and with good reason.
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Scrapbooking supplies transfer nicely into letter writing supplies!
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Welcome to the World, Boaz the Brave!
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Spring like mail for friends in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Less can often be more when it comes to mail art.
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A quick hello to the youth that have moved on.
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Some bright and cheerful mail on it’s way to Hawaii.
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Some more scrapbooking supplies at use in this piece of mail art.
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An introductory letter to my newest penpal.
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Loving these vintage Christmas stamps.

Have you sent any happy mail lately?

 


 

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{Autumn Nature Study}

Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home

“Why be indoors when you can rightly be without.” – Charlotte Mason

A big part of my girls education involves time outdoors and nature study. We love this aspect of our learning lifestyle as it’s something that all the family gets involved with.

We use Exploring Nature with Children as a guide both at home and with our weekly Nature Explorers group.

This term we’ve taken a closer look at autumn leaves, fungus, moss and lichen and we even picked out our very own tree to study throughout the academic year.

Here are some of the snap shots:

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Conkering is still our favourite autumn activity.
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Mild autumns call for lunch outdoors.
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One of favourite parks for nature walks.
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A Japanese Maple fairy inspired by the wonderful works of Cecily Mary Barker.
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Autumn Tree Study. Blossom picked this beauty…
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… and mama picked this one.
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Collecting leaves to paint and print.
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This moss and lichen covered tree kept us enthralled for a while.
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The girls are now very apt and spotting even the tiniest of mushrooms!
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Impressive fungi we discovered on a recent nature walk.
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PE the homeschool way with wellies on our feet and the wind in our hair.
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Leaf confetti never gets old.
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Our favourite nature treasures remain on display for further exploration.
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Nature journaling goes hand-in-hand with nature study.
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Getting creative with nature.

What do you enjoy most about nature in the Autumn?

{November Gratitudes}

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For autumn’s delights and blessings in abundance.
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For brave little girls and that first big swing.
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For yellow leaf roads.
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For rich inner worlds and unlimited imaginations.
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For words of affirmation and letters that close the distance.

 

These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during November, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #43

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Dear Blossom, aka. the Japanese Maple Fairy. Four weeks into our journey as whole life learners and I’m loving having you back home in the nest. Learning alongside you is perhaps one of the greatest joys that motherhood brings and also one of the biggest responsibilities. Your smiling face, quiet confidence and whimsical imagination spur me on. Your sweet affirmations and spontaneous kisses also help too! Dear Bubbles, as you know I try to capture the sweet moments of family life here, as an aid to my efforts to savour the moment and enjoy the little things. But that does not mean motherhood is always easy nor our lives always peachy. Toddler tantrums at this stage of life can be frequent, food fights occasionally happen, Mummy sometimes loses her cool and crying and comfort eating usually ensues. But through it all I love you with a fierce and deep love and thankfully, through it all He is faithful. Dearest Daughters, life is a journey not a destination, may you always remember to enjoy where you are on the way to wherever you are going.

What little things are you enjoying in this season of life?

{Books Lately} November 2017

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I have been slowly working my way through quite a few books over the last few months so today I am linking up with Quick Lit over on Modern Mrs Darcy to share with you some short and sweet reviews of the books I’ve been reading lately. Here are the notable.


Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 21.46.58The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon by David Elkind

One of my biggest values as both a parent and a home educator is protecting childhood, hence my interest in this book. In a world where toddlers have iPads, TV is an acceptable baby sitter, school hours continue to increase, organised sports dictate a child’s schedule, young girls are dressed like grown women and teenagers are constantly plugged into their smart phones, it’s not a surprise that childhood is drastically changing and quickly eroding. It’s all too much, too fast, too soon. Although first written over 25 years ago this book is even more relevant and important today. The message at the heart of this sometimes wordy book is that freedom and play in childhood is crucial for a child’s healthy development. Last updated in 2001 to include the effects of the internet and laptop devices on children, it already needs to be updated to include the effects of smart phones and social media, but the message remains the same – it’s still too much, too fast, too soon. Boundaries are needed and as parents, educators and childcare providers we need to make protecting and respecting childhood a priority because “in the end, a playful childhood is the most basic right of children.” Lets not deny them it.


Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 21.48.16The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie O’Martian

In a Christian marriage praying with and for your spouse is perhaps one of the most intimate things you can do. I don’t know about you, but as a Christian wife my prayers for my husband (when I remember to do them and remember to include him!) can quickly degenerate into “be with him today, keep him safe, etc, etc.” Better than nothing I guess, but grossly hindering the power of prayer in our marriage. For wives who want to pray more intentionally for their husbands and perhaps see breakthroughs in their relationship with their spouse, this book acts as a guide enabling you to pray more regularly and more specifically for your spouse. Each chapter focuses on a different area of your husband’s life, enabling you to cover his whole life in prayer. From his health, to his work, his fears and temptations, his attitude and choices, hopes and future. It’s a broad list, but delivered in a very accessible way, with short chapters highlighting the authors own experiences and each ending with scripture verses and a prayer to guide you. Once you’ve read through the book you can simply return to a chapter that seems fitting at a specific time of life. I plan to write a list of the prayer prompts onto a bookmark to keep in my Bible as a reminder to pray for my husband and a tool for being more specific.


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The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

The Danes continually rank the charts as some of the happiest people in the world and Meik Wiking, the author and CEO for the Happiness Research Institute based in Copenhagen believe this is down to one simple thing: hygge. Books on “Hooga” and “the Danish way to live well” have been trending for some time now so when I saw this book on display at my local library I decided to grab it and see what this hygge thing is all about. Hygge does not translate easily into English, but the words cosiness, ambiance, intimacy and togetherness often get thrown around. As Wiking explains, “In many ways, hygge might be the Danish cousin to slow and simple living” a topic I have been reading around for many years now. I personally didn’t find the concept of hygge to be particularly revelatory for my own life as it seems to be a lifestyle I have already been in pursuit of without the hygge label. However, it is still a very appealing concept. For those who want to add more hygge to their lives this book gives lots of practical suggestions on hygge-like activities you can try, things such as bringing out the board games, playing boules, lighting the fire or setting up a mini library. What I particularly liked about this book was one of Wiking’s final chapters on savouring and gratitude. If I was to sum up hygge in just one sentence then I would say that hygge is all about savouring the moment and enjoying the simple pleasures of life, because living in and appreciating the moment are conducive to gratitude, which in turn is conducive to happiness, which is why those Danes are just so darn happy!


Replenish Book ImageReplenish: Experience Radiant Calm & True Vitality in Your Everyday Life by Lisa Grace Byrne

I first read this book in 2015 and it resonated so deeply with me that I vowed to work through each core essential. Admittedly it’s taken me a little time to get there so I’ve re-read the book so as to come up with a plan of action. I still stand by my original review from July 2015 it’s definitely a book I want to keep coming back to as it’s full of practical and life giving advice. A must read for all mothers of little ones.

What books have you been reading lately?

{October Gratitudes}

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For simple traditions that fill a happy childhood.
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For surprise visitors and secret gardens.
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For autumn’s treasures and whimsical mail.
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For our island home and sweet moments like these.
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For postal buddies and passing on the love.
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For October picnics and both my girls back in the nest.

These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during October, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Ten on Ten} October 2017

Today has been a good day. We spent time with friends in the morning, managed to be a day late for our orthoptist appointment but got seen anyway (phew!), stocked up the kitchen cupboards, baked some birthday goodies, played in the garden, squeezed in some colouring, played hide and seek and had a family favourite for dinner – Macaroni Cheese! You really can find so much beauty and joy in the small things.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

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A surprise splash of colour in the greenhouse this week.
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Favourite hide outs for these little hobbits.
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Peter Rabbit in his burrow.
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Leaves!!
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Our autumn treasures out on display.
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This season’s trending accessory, the giant leaf hat.
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Afternoon colouring session, as usual.
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Chocolate chip banana bread fresh from the oven.
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Happy hobbies.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?