As a mother, one of my greatest goals is to preserve the wonder and enchantment of early childhood. Children are so fresh and vibrant, open to suggestion and endlessly imaginative. I love giving small prompts and watching things be carried far beyond my first sentence or two. Yesterday, a glance ahead between the trees revealed just such an opportunity. An unexpected locale was ahead of us, just out of sight of the little ones, but a ripe opportunity for setting the scene of an adventure in their eyes. A quiet, brisk walk in grey-brown woods turned into a quest with a fairytale fortress at the end, likely offering up breathtaking views from atop its great height. Continue reading “Fairytale Tower: A Surprise Adventure in the Forest”
We woke up early that morning. It was a Saturday morning, which means nothing in particular when your kids are as little as this. Weekend or not, they rise when they wish.
“Helen, look outside.” my husband told me as he headed downstairs to let our dog Twig out. I lazily slid out of bed and crossed the room to pull back our thick, grey curtains which are supposed to block out all sunlight, giving me empty promises about my kids sleeping in later. I was greeted by the soft, cottony glow of sunrise through a fog descending upon our neighbourhood. My eyes widened in delight, and I felt a surprising spring in my step as I whirled around and called after Taylor, “Babe, let’s go on a foggy walk in the woods together!” Continue reading “One Early Morning in November”
I remember the first time I saw beeswax-dipped autumn leaves, totally struck by the well known glory of those autumn colours so beautifully preserved. Perfection! Beeswax offers such a subtle protection for delicate, dying leaves, which would normally crumble and fully brown within a day or two. Instead, they can be carefully encased in a thin layer of beeswax, preserved within for up to several weeks. Their beauty and vivid colour can then be admired for much longer than we would normally be allowed. Read on to join us in our little forest adventure gathering leaves and taking them home to show you how to preserve them in beeswax and hang as a beautiful autumn garland! Continue reading “Beeswax-dipped Autumn Leaves”
Here at the end of Summertime, Margot turns 3 years old and Cassian has turned 1 year old. And as we’ve really settled into our new roles as a family and grown past that first year of infancy, I’ve sensed a new era about to dawn upon our small family. Cassian is growing more and more able to participate in things, and Margot is eager for more learning and discovery. Thus begins my exploration of what type of learning and education best fits us. If you know me at all, it’s going to be unique and nature-based of course, but it still will need to have a bit more definition than just that too.
As this Summertime season draws to a close, my heart is full at the abundance we have gathered into our home and hearts. I’ve been studying and using herbs for nearly three years now, but have been largely limited to simply reading and using herbal shop supplies, due to pregnancy, exhausted early motherhood, and the busyness of moving overseas to a new country. This is the first Summer that I’ve been quietly in one place, and able to watch the season slowly unfold around me with appreciation and wonder. Continue reading “Summer: Wildcrafting Herbs”