For the Family’s Sake: Ch 14 – the end

The Quilting Bee by Grandma Moses (1940-1950) I hope those of you who have been reading For the Family’s Sake either for the first time or like me, re-reading it, have found it worthwhile. Feel free to add any thoughts on any of the chapters. Thanks to those of you who have commented here or … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 14 – the end

A New Year, a Blank Page

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 … Continue reading A New Year, a Blank Page

For the Family’s Sake: Ch 13

Breakfast in the Open by Carl Larsson, 1913 Homes and Life in Community - to understand the need for community we need to get our perspective right by looking at the big picture. Where does my life fit in? Then how do we all fit together as human beings? We were built for community and … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 13

Towers in the Mist by Elizabeth Goudge (1938)

Towers in the Mist is set in Oxford during the Reign of Elizabeth I. Elizabeth Goudge centres her story around the Leighs, a fictional family, but she includes a wealth of historical figures such as Walter Raleigh, Philip Sidney, Thomas Bodley, Cardinal Wolsey, and the Earl of Leicester, Robert Dudley. Canon Leigh is a widower … Continue reading Towers in the Mist by Elizabeth Goudge (1938)

Reading, Thinking, & Domesticity #7

I'm working on an applique quilt and have been chugging along quite nicely. I've almost finished a fourth block. The biggest hold up for me is choosing material. I have stacks left over from other projects but trying to choose complementary fabrics is so time consuming! I started a monthly sewing/craft day last month and … Continue reading Reading, Thinking, & Domesticity #7

For the Family’s Sake: Ch 12

Children in a Garden by Mary Cassatt (1878) Early Days, Vital Days…What exactly do children need? If you’re familiar with Charlotte Mason’s writing, you’ll know that she believed that the first few years of life are very important and that children need a “quiet growing time.” She didn’t begin formal lessons until the child was six … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 12

For the Family’s Sake: Ch 11

Madame André Wormser and her Children by Edouard Vuillard (1927) Oops! I thought I’d already posted my thoughts on this chapter: ‘Choose Wisely and Leave Time for the Daily Rhythms.’  Well, my daily rhythms have certainly been out of kilter this week. A combination of a painful tooth and an ear problem has messed me … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 11

AmblesideOnline Year 12 – an Update

This year has had the most tweaks of all the AmblesideOnline years we've done. That's partly due to the nature of the AO offerings which leaves much scope for picking and choosing and partly because I'm modifying the content for our Australian situation. I also dropped some of the Post-Modern & Worldview books that were … Continue reading AmblesideOnline Year 12 – an Update

Little Pago by Lauren Briggs

Little Pago is an attractive and engaging picture book for children aged about 2 to 5 years written and illustrated by Lauren Briggs, an Australian mother of four. Published in 2021, the book highlights the problem of plastic pollution in the ocean, which presents a critical threat to our marine life. The author explains her … Continue reading Little Pago by Lauren Briggs