Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald is a British writer, poet, naturalist and historian of science. Vesper Flights was published in 2020 and is a collection of forty-one of short essays that point the reader to ways of seeing the world from a different perspective to their own.Hard science gives us evidence of the harm that results from our … Continue reading Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald

Year 7 AmblesideOnline: highights from Term 1

We've finished the first term of Ambleside Online Year 7 and here are some highlights and thoughts about some of what we've done. To see my original plans and some book substitutes see this post. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar This is the first time we've used Folger Theatre audios for Shakespeare. We've used Naxos and Arkangel … Continue reading Year 7 AmblesideOnline: highights from Term 1

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

Australian Natural History – The Emu

On our trip to South Australia a couple of years ago we saw plenty of emus in the open areas of land along the way. These large flightless native birds are second only in size to the world's largest bird, the African ostrich and are also related to the cassowary and the rhea. We've gotten … Continue reading Australian Natural History – The Emu

Nature Study in a Kitchen Garden & Other Places

Earlier this month Bengy, Moozle and I started our kitchen garden on our upstairs verandah. I've tried growing edibles down in the garden but we have too many native visitors who like to eat what we plant so we're trying a raised garden bed. A friend gave me a copy of Esther Deans' Gardening Book: … Continue reading Nature Study in a Kitchen Garden & Other Places