The highlight of this month\’s nature study was a trip down the south coast of New South Wales with my three youngest children so Nougat could complete his driving hours. I have a friend who lives down that way whom I hadn\’t seen for over 15 years and she invited us to stay overnight. We had a beach walk and a tour of the town the next day with my friend and then drove home again, stopping off at some picturesque little towns along the way.
A biting wind and icy cold water didn\’t stop them having a bit of a splash
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
From Sea Fever by John Masefield
Moozle gathered some shells and drew some in her nature notebook when we were home:
I gathered shells upon the sand,
Each shell a little perfect thing,
So frail, yet potent to withstand
The mountain-waves\’ wild buffeting.
Through storms no ship could dare to brave
The little shells float lightly, save
All that they might have lost of fine
Shape and soft colour crystalline.
Yet I amid the world\’s wild surge
Doubt if my soul can face the strife,
The waves of circumstance that urge
That slight ship on the rocks of life.
O soul, be brave, for He who saves
The frail shell in the giant waves,
Will bring thy puny bark to land
Safe in the hollow of His hand.
Seashells by Edith Nesbit (1858-1924)
We used some Australian based books do do some more research on shells. The Wonderland of Nature by Nuri Mass has a good section and is very good for younger children. I have an old hardback copy I picked up for a song. You can still find a copy occasionally secondhand but it has been reprinted by Homeschooling Downunder.
I found the book below at one of my regular outings to the Lifeline book sales and it had lots of extra information.
Cloud formations are probably one of the easiest subjects for nature study. Every Friday in the late afternoon after swimming lessons, we go outside to go home and observe the sky. It\’s always interesting and sometimes spectacular. We\’ve used some suggestions from the Handbook of Nature Study Blog for this. If you click on Cloud Types it will take you to an excellent squidoo lens which has a comprehensive look at different cloud types plus other information.
This was our \’snow capped mountain range\’ cloud:
We saw some interesting cloud formations while on our trip down the coast:
Cloud Study by John Constable, 1822
Zana, our 21 year old in her final year of university, spent last week in country NSW as part of Beyond the Line
which she thoroughly enjoyed. One of the local teachers organised some time on their family farm and she leant how to shear a sheep – and a very obstinate one it was so she tells us.