Posts in Celebrating the Seasons
Celebrating a solstice.

The 21st approaches, and with it comes midsummer or midwinter depending on your side of the hemisphere. The last solstice we celebrated in December was winter, but come the 21st June we will be celebrating midwinter once again as we spend our first month in Australia. 

Whichever way the solstice falls…

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Celebrating Easter.

The bright mornings. The dawn chorus waking us gently from our slumber (yes, a little earlier than I’d hope for). Drawing the curtains back to see a slow explosion of green, small snatches of blue and purple as the wisteria in our garden begins to open. Our drives into town are now peppered with big and small white and woolly friends, sheep and their small lambs appearing, and we said hello to some small ducklings yesterday as they bobbed down the river with their mama.

While we are very much a secular family, we celebrate Easter…

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Books for all year round.

We love books in this house, and none more than beautiful children’s books. I’m so thankful that in this stage of toddlerhood Eilish has an insatiable appetite for books. There’s lots of “more, more” as books are finished, and bedtime could often be eeked out for two, three, four books more.

Seasonal books are a must in this house, and it’s one of our favourite rituals, our way of saying goodbye to the old season and welcoming in the new. Due to the size of our house - and our budget - I favour buying books that are going to have longevity, ones...

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The Family Collective Guide to Spring: Seasonal Magic for Children

Welcome to spring. I’m so excited to share with you the first in a series of seasonal guides, The Family Collective Guide to Spring. Celebrating and living with the seasons is something that is so important to us as a family, and the ways in which we raise our daughter. We find so much joy in tying our lives to what is happening outside, in creating celebrations and traditions that we plan to rediscover each year. Memories of our daughter are similarly intertwined, the blossoms float in the background as I think of our first park picnics. The world outside is ochre as we chopped apples together to make a cake, small mouse-like nibbles in each and every slice.

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Seasonal Magic with Children: Creating a seasonal table.

In our little patch of Suffolk over the last few days, it really feels like spring has well and truly landed. The sky is at its bluest, and it feels glorious sit and bask in the first warmth after winter. More likely than not, its not going to last too long before we at least get some spring showers, so we are making the most of it all.

Sometimes, that might be the simple act of hanging washing outside to dry. Or changing up our menu a little for fresher food. Every season we pull out new…

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Caring for the planet with young children.

In our scraggly patch of concreted garden there are a few pots mainly growing weeds, some sort of cardboard house we made, and - shamefully - our Christmas tree still. But despite it all, as I sit here facing the french doors, I am watching a pigeon, blackbirds and a blue tit swing on our bird feeders and peck around amongst the concrete. I know that should I go out there, I would find wood lice amongst logs and worms underneath plant…

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Bringing the birds in.

We currently have a bird obsessed toddler. She listens with utmost concentration when she hears them out on a walk. She points at every window and says “bird” in the hope of catching sight of one. And when she actually does, our feathered friend is met with so much pointing and shrieking that the poor thing usually clears off quite quickly. Every book with any bird in is now a favourite, and we love encouraging them into our postage stamp garden.

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Celebrating the lunar eclipse.

On the 20th - 21st January - next week - the Earth will pass between the Sun and the Moon, blocking it’s reflections on the moon and causing a total lunar eclipse. As it does so, it will slowly turn to an orange-y red, a sight to behold, and what’s sometimes called a Blood Moon. Not only that but traditionally January’s full moon is called a “Wolf Moon”, which means this moon is being called a Super Blood Wolf Moon, such an exciting name to share with your little ones!

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