when life is black and white find beauty in simple things
I found that nature art is a great way to capture children’s imagination and creativity. At the time of this particular morning out, it was also a perfect distraction from “Why are we walking around this forest when we are so cold and feel so miserable? and surely it’s time for our snack..!”-kind of talk.
I started to put a few leaves down and straight away Jonah’s mood changed and his imagination was working fast: “Let’s make a circle”, “We can find some pinecones”, “I think it’s going to be a tree” and Noah was happy to follow.
There was a little tension in deciding what to put in the centre as Jonah wanted chestnut and Noah insisted on a stone, but they managed to compromise…
At the weekend we visited Attingham Park, which is part of National Trust. It is an 18th century mansion and a great big estate, with amazing deer park, miles and miles of wonderful woodland as well as gardens to inspire (though I manage to bring my camera with an empty battery so didn’t take many pictures). It was a weekend of harvest festival and it was great to take part in it. There was some apple pressing using apples from their orchard, locally made cider, butter making and many other things to taste and see. I love these impressive harvest displays:
I haven’t been too enthusiastic recently when it comes to veggie picking in my garden. Knowing that with every basketful of tasty tomatoes, we re getting closer to the end of the season and am aware of all the digging and green house cleaning that will have to happen soon. But the wonderful harvest atmosphere stayed with me and I am more appreciative of our last few crops we re yet to enjoy.
On a quick and different note, this is where my blue African flowers found their home, brightening our hall way.