Autumn

So much has been happening since I last posted. We made Easter Bonnets with our children, had an Easter Bonnet parade with some friends, followed by a picnic. That was lovely! We also celebrated the Autumn Equinox on March 21st., with our good friends. Both our families harvested their produce at Autumn harvest time and then we all brought food from our harvests and had a lovely dinner together.

My oldest has just finished her Botany Block, we learnt about moss, fungi, lichens, mushrooms and algae and the structure of the plant, it was a wonderful journey, we also planted a vegetable garden with some winter veggies and we have quite a few plants growing inside from pips and seeds. We have managed to grow 4 avocados, 1 mango and Erin has managed to grow a little Oak tree from one of our acorns that fell from our tree. Erin finished a Building Block, we built tee-pees and a framework for a house and it was great fun, we have now gone directly into Stories of the Old Testament and we are all enjoying this. At the moment we are reading about Isaac, Jacob and their lives.

We have also finished off three of the Little House Books which are divine and we have started reading through Narnia and they love it, we sit down together every night and I read to our three children and they always want me to read more and more.

I have also included a photo of our nature table at the moment. It has an Autumn theme, with all our gourds and pumpkins that we harvested from our veggie garden. We have been busy making Autumn crafts as well. In the basket you can see corn husk men. We used the husks from our corn that we grew ourselves. These were such a treat to make!
We use the following beautiful books for all of our nature and Festival ideas and they are really worth adding to your library of books;
Earthwise by Carol Petrash
Festivals Family and Food by Diana Carey and Judy Large
All Year Round by Ann Druitt
A Child’s Seasonal Treasury by Betty Jones

We have so many leaves falling in our garden at the moment, our children love raking them up into piles and singing leaf raking verses as they rake. Our lives have become so enriched by this beautiful philosophy and we love it!
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Felting fun!

I have been helping Jenna learn how to felt, she is so excited and loves this ancient art. We have been felting butterflies for our Easter tree. Tonight Erin showed an interest and so Jenna showed Erin how to felt too! It has been a wonderful experience!

Today Jenna and Erin brought out all of our unwashed sheep’s wool and started to wash it and dried it in the sun. They are going to card it tomorrow and then we will attempt to dye it naturally. In the photo you can see some of the butterflies that we have felted with coloured fleece. They are sitting on one of our Queensland Blue organic pumpkins that we harvested about three weeks ago.

We are reading all of the Little House Books and last night we finished Farmer Boy, much to everyones great sadness, it is the most amazing book and we all loved reading it and didn’t want it to ever end. Every night at around 7-30 pm, I sit down in the lounge and everyone piles onto the couch and I read aloud to our children. They absolutely love this and tonight we started the 3rd book in the Laura Ingalls series, Little House on the Prairie. I think we will read them all and then again, we just love them so much!!
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Our Easter Table

We have been busy with our Easter Table, which is still a work in progress. We have all joined in and knitted chickens, hens, roosters and even an Easter Bunny. The children all emptied out a few eggs and painted them and hung them on the tree. But all in all a lovely arrangement has emerged.

The following week is going to be a busy one and one that is full of celebration. St Patrick’s Day on Mon the 17th, my friends birthday on the 19th, Autumn Equinox on the 21st and then of course Easter. It is going to be lovely!

Our grapes are busy fermenting, they have been strained and placed into the first storage vat and now we wait for 8 weeks for the liquid to clear. This was done at just the right time because Jenna is busy with her Botany block and we are studying fungus and fermentation so she really had a hands on lesson there!
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Jenna’s painting of the Ancient Indian Creation Story.
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