{Autumn Nature Study}

Autumn Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home

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

The autumn started with such promise, our conker hoard was large this year, but October proved to be the wettest October for many a decade and the rain persisted well into autumn making nature walks increasingly difficult.

We still gathered and explored where we could and diligently kept an eye on our beloved ginkgo tree to be sure not to miss it in all its autumn glory.

We learnt a lot about seasonal weather and bird migration this autumn and have also signed up to the RSPB Wild Challenge and are looking forward to working towards our bronze award in the new year.

Here are some of the snapshots:

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Golden sunshine on our first conker hunt of the season.
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Sensory fun!
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Bubbles’ first nature journal entry.
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The return of welly boot season.
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Autumn nature walks in Cumbria.
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Nature walk at Derwent Water, the home of Squirrel Nutkin.
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Gruffalo spotting and squirrel hunting on our way up Orrest Head.
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A successful climb to the top of Orrest Head.
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Rambling in the Lake District.
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Wild and Free.
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Fabulous fungi.
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Rock climbing our way to Rydal Cave.
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Exploring Rydal Cave.
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Autumn views at Rydal Water.
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Autumn crafts.
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Nature walks with our fellow Nature Explorers.
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Blossom’s bird migration work.
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Ginkgo magic.
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The simple joy of autumn leaves!

 

What did you enjoy most about nature this (wet and windy) Autumn?

Snapshots of the Lake District

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Last month we embarked on a road trip up to the English Lake District. It was quite an epic journey for us and our girls who, living on a small island aren’t used to being on a car journey for more than 20 minutes or so!

We’d been wanting to make this trip for a few years now and I’m pleased we were able to do so whilst the girls were both still young enough to find joy in all the Beatrix Potter attractions.

We visited Hilltop, Beatrix’s home in Near Sawrey, the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkeshead and the inspiration for Mr Gregor’s Garden at Lingholm. We also saw Owl Island on Derwent Water the setting for Squirrel Nutkin and Esthwaite Water, the setting for Jeremy Fisher. On the journey up we also stopped off at the Tailor of Gloucester Museum, in Gloucester.

We also enjoyed soaking in the beautiful scenery of the Lake District. We climbed a fell, found the Gruffalo, explored a cave, saw a steam train and even swam in the Lake (one of us at least!).

I also had the chance to pay my respects at the graveside of Charlotte Mason and also visited the Armitt Museum in Ambleside, which is the home of all her educational archives.

It was a great trip, but I think for our next holiday we’ll leave the car at home and fly somewhere instead. Road tripping is tiring!

Where did you go on your last road trip?

 

 

{Daughter Diaries} #62

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Dear Blossom, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m delighted that you girls love autumn as much as I do and I love that you want to spend more time snuggling on the sofa and going for long walks with me. Quality time really is the best. Dear Bubbles, I want you to hear me loud and clear! “You are kind, you are smart and you are important.” You are also sweet and tender, wild and cheeky and I love all of you, ALL of you. Dearest Daughters, may my love for you fill your hearts and bless your souls.

Gotta love a golden ginkgo!

{October Gratitudes}

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For growing girls and autumn glory.
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For educational pilgrimages and legacies that live on.
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For the imperfections that make us human.
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For simple pleasures and postal beauties.
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For links to the past and memories that live on.
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For sisterly adventures and home ed on the road.

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?

{September Gratitudes}

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For eager students and the start of new chapters.
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For unexpected moments and fresh memories.
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For the love of history and books galore!
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For intrepid explorers and the return of welly boot season.
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For autumn strolls and sisterly secrets.
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For perfect moments captured by imperfect shots.
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For pyjama school and outtakes worth sharing.

 

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

Snapshots of New Zealand

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As I mentioned in my Snapshots of Wellington my main purpose for visiting New Zealand last month was to reunite with friends not to tour the country and although I left with most of the country left unseen the part of the country that I did see I feel I got to know really well.

I spent the majority of my trip with my friends and their 3 daughters down on the idyllic Pauatahanui Inlet, about 10 minutes from Porirua City and after five and a half years apart it was so special to see what life in New Zealand is like for them.

I got to go on the school run and collect groceries, to potter in the garden, visit their family and attend church with them. All very simply things, but very special things when done with friends.

I also got to stroll past many familiar sights that I had only seen in photographs; the beautiful beach huts of Paremata, the sweet church of St. Albans at Pauatahanui and the sea shell shore of Bottle Creek.

I even managed to squeeze in an exhibition at the Pataka Museum in Porirua, a movie at the most gorgeous art house cinema in Petone, as well as a drive up the coast to the Nga Manu Nature Reserve where I was delighted to get up close with a beautiful New Zealand parrot called the Kaka and see the famous nocturnal kiwi bird.

It feels somewhat unreal that I went all the way to the other side of the world – on my own! – to be with them. This trip was not something I had planned it was something that just kind of happened unexpectedly and I’m so grateful for it. The solo travel was good for me and I left New Zealand full of inspiration and conversations that will carry me through until we meet again.

Have you ever traveled abroad alone? Where did you go?