Reading Europe: The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden (1958)

According to the author, The Greengage Summer is true, or at least partly so. In 1923, when Rumer Godden was fifteen years old and her elder sister Jon nearly eighteen, their mother announced,   “We are going to the Battlefields of France and when perhaps you see the rows and rows of crosses for those … Continue reading Reading Europe: The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden (1958)

Charlotte Mason on Religious Education

I started blogging through Charlotte Mason’s School Education (Volume 3 of The Original Home Schooling series) in 2014 and got as far as Chapter XII. I’ve been reading it again this year with an online group and using this opportunity to start writing about it again. So here are some thought on a few of … Continue reading Charlotte Mason on Religious Education

The Talisman by Sir Walter Scott (1825)

‘All Scott’s work is marked by three characteristics: a genius for enriching the past; a love of Nature; a sturdy humanity. He loved the pomp and pageantry of a bygone age. His imagination lived naturally in the stirring tales of yore. He was a historical novelist by temperament rather than by profession... There have been … Continue reading The Talisman by Sir Walter Scott (1825)

Breathe: A Child’s Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time by Laura Alary

  Breathe: A Child's Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time, a new book for children written by Laura Alary and illustrated by Cathrin Peterslund is due out in April of this year. Breathe retells the biblical account of the Ascension of Jesus and the Day of Pentecost in a lyrical and practical way … Continue reading Breathe: A Child’s Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time by Laura Alary

The Castle on the Hill by Elizabeth Goudge (1941)

Many of Elizabeth Goudge’s books have historical settings. The White Witch takes place during the English Civil War, Green Dolphin Country and The Dean’s Watch are set in the 19th Century. I expected The Castle on the Hill to be set at some remote period of time and was surprised when I started reading it … Continue reading The Castle on the Hill by Elizabeth Goudge (1941)

Nature Study in Australia: Winter

These are some of our recent nature gleanings. On a visit to a local park this very tame rabbit was having breakfast and remained totally oblivious to us and we were able to have an unplanned nature study observing him/her feeding.  We\'ve used Nature Studies in Australia by William Gillies this year for studying Natural … Continue reading Nature Study in Australia: Winter

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (2011)

Inside Out & Back Again is the chronicle of  a ten year old Vietnamese girl during 1975. Hà, her mother and her three older brothers live in Saigon. Her parents had come south just before the borders between North and South Vietnam had closed. Her father had been in the navy and was captured by … Continue reading Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (2011)

Homeschooling Help During Lockdown

The Australian Homeschooling Summit, (which is not just for Australians, by the way) was originally scheduled for April but due to the coronavirus it was postponed and will now be held in May from the 4th to the 15th.This has actually worked out well because some of the presenters have had time to run additional … Continue reading Homeschooling Help During Lockdown

An Australian Living Book: All the Green Year by Don Charlwood (1965)

All the Green Year by Don Charlwood is an Australian coming of age classic set during the year of 1929. The story takes place around the Port Philip Bay area of Victoria in the fictionalised town of Kananook, which was modelled on the real town of Frankston when it was still rural.1929 was the end … Continue reading An Australian Living Book: All the Green Year by Don Charlwood (1965)

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon (1994)

It’s rare that I read a contemporary fiction book (presuming that a book written in 1994 would be in that category) but I have two good friends who loved At Home in Mitford, as well as its sequels, so I decided to read the first book in the series. Mitford is a charming fictional village … Continue reading At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon (1994)