Dispatches from Lockdown #2

Just about all the men we know have grown beards, if they didn't have one already, and many are sporting razor cuts or obvious amateur jobs. It's desperate days when your husband gets his 16 year old daughter to razor cut his hair. It doesn't look too bad, actually, despite my initial horror when he … Continue reading Dispatches from Lockdown #2

'Nature will not give up her secrets to the man in a hurry.'

We have this tree at the bottom of our long driveway. I pass it at least once a day when I check the mailbox and I've noticed it had some deep pink/crimson flowers on it from time to time and that it was evergreen. And that was it.Not long ago Moozle was looking around the … Continue reading 'Nature will not give up her secrets to the man in a hurry.'

Summer Smorgasborg: Nature Study, Notebooks & Mother Culture

  It's summer in our part of the world and it's been pretty intense weather-wise. Bush/nature walks have been non-existent except for the occasional park early in the morning but we have had some nature finds around our garden.Birdlife has been raucous with a few new visitors some of which I'm still trying to identify. … Continue reading Summer Smorgasborg: Nature Study, Notebooks & Mother Culture

‘You see but you do not observe.’

My 11 year old daughter is full of Sherlock Holmes' quotes this week and included this one in her nature journal after quoting it at every opportunity:   You see, but you do not observe.               Flannel flowers in bloom - so named because they have a lovely soft, … Continue reading ‘You see but you do not observe.’

Nature Notes – wattle, black cockatoos and other encounters

We have three nature walks we do regularly. Two of them are just down the road, while the other is about a ten minute drive away. We save this one for when my daughter-in-law has a free space in her physio work schedule and sends us a message to say she's taking the dog for … Continue reading Nature Notes – wattle, black cockatoos and other encounters

Keeping & the Leisure to Stand and Stare

I'm joining in Celeste's monthly link-up for April at the eleventh hour. If you'd like to know more about this link-up, or what 'Keeping' is all about, have a look at her introductory post. This month Celeste asked us to share what inspires us in our 'Keeping' habits:Do you have favourite books on the topic? … Continue reading Keeping & the Leisure to Stand and Stare

Science & Natural History with a 15 Year old Boy

In my last post I shared some thoughts on coming to Ambleside Online late, and the adjustments I made with my older children. This post follows on from some of what I wrote there as it concerns Benj who started AO when he was 12 years of age. He is nearing the end of AO … Continue reading Science & Natural History with a 15 Year old Boy