My two youngest bought me this Typoflora planner/diary/journal for my birthday and it’s just perfect. It’s been years since I’ve had the ‘right’ one of these that suits my style of relaxed planning and space for reflections or just recording snippets of a day. I love that this is nature focused and isn’t too large – and it came in a hardcover keepsake box. 🙂
I was surprised to see this phenology wheel; something I tried to start in the past but never got past dividing the circle properly. A Phenology Wheel is a circular journal or calendar that encourages a routine of Earth observation where you live. Phenology wheels have been popular in Charlotte Mason circles for the study of nature but some that I’ve seen are just so artistically beautiful that the average person is discouraged from any attempt to start one.
2023 – a blank planner and a resolve to make time for God’s word and being faithful in prayer in this new season. Psalms 42 & 43 expressed it well for me:
‘As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
By day the Lord directs his love,
At night his song is with me –
A prayer to the God of my life.
Send forth your light and your truth,
Let them guide me;
Let them bring me to your holy mountain,
To the place where you dwell.’
‘When can a go and meet with God?’
In rereading For the Family’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, I read again how we can make going to God a duty and not a joy. Choosing the best time for giving full attention to God, seeking HIS kingdom first is the key to this. She shares that reading about Charlotte Mason’s daily practice helped her in this when she was a very busy mother looking after her family as well as being involved in the L’Abri ministry.
An early walk this morning took me over a carpet of jacaranda flowers 💐 and a close encounter with one of my favourite birds – the brown cuckoo dove. Some loveliness to begin a new year. ❤️🌸
Brown Cuckoo Dove