I always like to head to the pumpkin patch early in the season when the weather is fine, just in case it all turns to mud and I don’t feel up for it later. Likely in the end we will go to the farm quite often regardless of rain or shine. With so many Jacks-to-be to choose from Little A chose a perfect ‘one’ along with some wee ones and with the promise that we’ll gather more throughout the harvesting season. We haven’t had a day together like this in a very long time and it was perfect! Now with back to school establishing a sort of rhythm and routine in all of our days i feel a longing to balance the weekends with both adventure and relaxation. Sunday i hope to nest, eat several breakfasts through till noon, read some Peter Pan and work on some creative and seasonal projects including a sweep up of the front porch to make space for our Autumn pickings.
In addition to the Pumpkin patch the farm has an abundance of colorful flowers, herbs and edible growing things. It’s quite an amazing place where one is free to curiously wander.
it has arrived! earlier than expected too. i ordered double amounts of the ever popular middle blue, turquoise, spring green and chocolate and i will have a few new colors available in 8X10 sheets as opposed to the usual cuts of 9X12 or 12X18. So go on and oogle and then check out the shop for details.
yummy! i know what my first project is going to be!
Right here is the best part of my day. After a bit of chaos getting organized and seeing the older boy off on his ride to school and after a stop in at the cafe for fuel and indulgences we spent a good while exploring the last bit of low tide. Here i realize, once again, how nourishing the timelessness, the free wandering and fresh air truly are. Oblivious to whether i’m following or not he just heads on to the water’s edge. I stand a little further back this time round in my parenting of a wee one, letting his shoes get wet a little and letting him really be the explorer that he is. He is delighted with everything and he makes me smile.
following the bird trail;
imitating a fishing gull;
We are gatherers. In our art cupboard you may find many jars full of various natural materials including amongst other things; chestnuts from our hood, Grandma P’s walnut shells, “helicopters” and the much marveled acorn caps. On another shelf you will find many felted woolen balls of various colors and sizes in various containers. These are sorted and played with, admired, made into necklaces, transported by Fagus trucks and yes, made into the well loved and admired felted acorns. We have made many over the years, keeping some for our Autumn Nature table, gifting others and we have some available now for you.
Little A’s rainbow mix from Last Autumn;
Nature inspired gift sets (more images here);
Painting these wooden acorns proved to be a project encouraging patience and a steady hand. These are last years and i’m still debating whether or not to pull out this project again.
August was full of challenges and i have been tightly wound up hardly able to take another tweak and so that first week back to school seriously stressed me out. I have quickly realized that my sanity won’t last another week following the same routine as last year of commuting and spending morning nap time away from home. For now we’ve worked it out for Little A to commute with a friend in the morning and that is making a world of difference to me and to Little M. He and i are taking our time together. It’s both strange and familiar for me to be back in the toddler world where everything is new to discover. He’s no longer satisfied to ride on my hip and pass things by at our quicker pace but rather he likes to venture in his own direction and as long as i find us a wide open and safe place to explore i feel like this kind of slowing down is just exactly what i need.