Monday, September 29, 2014

Just a Short Break

Oh my! I am finding it so hard to pop in here and share my rambling thoughts with you. It's not the thoughts I'm having a problem with - it's finding the time. We have only 3 short weeks remaining with my mother-in-law, so I have decided to take a very short bloggy break. I will be back to natter and catch up after October 18th. I have lots of autumn inspired loveliness to share with you on my return, but until then...enjoy the season to it's fullest and I'll be back as soon as I can.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

OHC - The Teasel

We use Barb's Outdoor Hour Challenges for our Nature Studies

We are not getting nearly enough nature study done around here these days. Things always are a bit up in the air when you have house guests - and that's our situation at the moment. We have granny staying with us for 2 months which means that our homeschool rhythms are all bit different.

The Teasel has been one of this months topics that we did not want to set aside however...

We have been working on this study for over a year. Last spring we planted teasel seeds and nurtured them for a whole year before we started to see the fruits of our efforts. This is a biannual plant so only flowers in it's second season.

We've watched it go from being a rosette of leaves, to growing long spiny stalks, soft green flower heads forming, the more mature heads flowering in their own unique way and now we have reached the end of the cycle as they have dried out and are heavy with seed.

We cut off a generous branch and brought it inside to use as a centrepiece on our school table. We read from The Handbook of Nature Study and discussed all that we had observed. We also recalled a visit to a Mill over the past year where we learnt that Teasels were used to card sheep wool in times past!

Then it was time to record what we had learnt and observed over the past year and a bit in our journals...

Miss V-L's Teasel

Miss J-L's Teasel
A job well done :) I'm pleased we managed to carve out the time to focus on this particular challenge.

Blessings to you all.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Here, in Late September

I cannot believe that next week ushers in October! Where has the time gone??

This weekend we brought in the last of the harvest. Loads of tomatoes that were never going to ripen up - we are just too far north. If we want ripe tomatoes we need to have a lovely big greenhouse. Next year I am going to plant my tomatoes in containers so that I can follow the sun with them. Maybe then I'll get red tomatoes on the vine.

We also harvested all the sprouts and gave half of them away to visiting friends to enjoy. We still have LOADS left!

The veggie patch has now been put to bed for the winter - everything pulled up, just the strawberry plants to cover with winter fleece or straw. It all looks kind of sad now.

But on a happier gardening note, all my spring bulbs are in! Finally! I actually got my spring bulbs planted in the right month!!!

In one week the Virginia Creeper has turned flaming red and lost about a third of it's lushness...

I can see the wooden fencing through the curtain of leaves now, at it's foot rests the leaf litter. It all smells autumnal - dusty and leafy :)

We are putting cat pellets out every evening now to help our Hedgehogs fatten up for their hibernation.  Each morning the food is gone, all that remains is evidence of our hoggy friends visits - droppings and a neat trail through the dewy grass.

The mini-beasts are feasting on windfall apples, it's quite amazing to see how quickly they get through them! Although I hate slugs - it's kind of interesting to watch them :)

We have also been doing quite a bit of sight seeing with my Mom-in-Law who is out visiting us from South Africa. We have had some lovely sunny days, perfect to visit National Trust properties and feast on tea and cake in their pretty gardens.

Sudbury Hall

I'm loving the gentle light and longer shadows at the moment. This morning my youngest came and stood next to me in the conservatory and said, 'There are more shadows that their were', and she is quite right :)

The cooler temperatures bring to mind a lovely little poem by Emily Dickinson which describes these days so perfectly...

The Morns are Meeker Than They Were

The morns are meeker than they were-
The nuts are getting brown-
The berry's cheek is plumper-
The rose is out of town.

The Maple wears a gayer scarf-
The field as scarlet gown-
Lest I should be old fashioned
I'll put a trinket on.

Blessings to you :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

W.I.P Wednesday

 I have been kept busy with what feels like about a thousand (lovely) projects this week.

I'm still busy knitting my socks and scarf, and crocheting my blanket. But this week a bit more urgent knitting had to be dealt with - wash cloths...

I only use knit washcloths in my home. I love how thick and absorbent they are. With my current washcloths looking rather worse for wear, I commissioned my mother-in-law to knit up a couple (she has done a FABULOUS job) and I knitted up a couple, so I now have a draw full of cloths that should last me the next year at least.

Allot of stitching is happening around here too. Some finishes...

I really need to make up these little stitchery's sometime soon! I plan to make a little autumn pillow our of the top, properly mount the kitty stitchery - and I'm still undecided about using it as a Christmas card or popping it into a frame to display around Christmas time and the last little stitchery will more than likely grace the front of a Christmas card.

Still busy with...

...this little autumn stitchery. Once this one is done I'll haul out my sewing machine and fabric stash to make this one (and the other one) into cute little decorative cushions to display. My aim is to have them all sewn up by the 23rd - to mark the Autumn Equinox :)

Have a lovely creative Wednesday dear readers...

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams