Bedtime Reading - The Lost Words

Oh Spring...please wake up! I love our wood burning stove to bits but I think we're all ready for a little bit of heat from the sun. When there's so much work to do outside it's so much more motivating when it's warm and dry than cold and wet. We have been looking out for signs of Spring, though they were rather covered in snow this morning. Blossom is starting to bloom, the birds are returning to nest, and we're discovering frogs under rocks ready to hit the pond (another cleaning out job on the list.) Nature is slowly but surely starting to wake up.

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane has been our bedtime reading recently. If there's one thing I realised in reading this book to the boys is that living in the countryside means that thankfully, lots of these words aren't totally lost to us. Although they were unfamiliar with most of the bird names, they could recall seeing some of them around, especially herons at the moment which are out in the wet fields looking for food. They knew the names of things like brambles having encountered them on walks around the village, and ferns and ivy we have outside our front door.

The illustrations in this book are beautiful, and although the poems were a little advanced for our boys (who are 8 and 6 years,) I hope that in reading the book it encourages them to not just notice and admire the natural world around them, but also want to learn the names of the things that they see. I'm forever pointing out seasonal plants, at the moment it's the yellow blossom on the wild cherry trees and cowslips. When Spring does finally appear in full bloom we'll be outside a lot more learning the names of plants and animals we encounter.

What's on your bedtime reading list at the moment?

Three Good Things

Yesterday was fab! We had a productive day in the garden and Spring had truly sprung with temperatures in double figures and the boys in t-shirts and sunglasses riding their skateboards down the driveway. But today is Monday, it's back to school/work and the rain is back with a mean grey sky. Instead of mourning the loss of the weekend I'm going to link up with Enchanted Pixie and focus on three good things that have happened recently.

Our Vegetable Patch
Our veg patch has come along leaps and bounds and once we've sourced some topsoil we're ready to start planting. I've been holding off with the recent cold weather but we've started sowing under cover. We have so much planting space and I'm looking forward to nurturing all our little seedlings and watching them flourish in their new home.
Workshops At Wild Oak Wood
I launched our Spring Workshops series recently and I'm hoping that there will be some interest as I think what's on offer is so inspiring and the teachers are fab! I'm running the first workshop on all natural balms and from next month there are mindfulness days such as meditation, astrology and zen painting!

Cards From Freshly Pressed
I won an Instagram giveaway! I won a beautiful set of cards from Freshly Pressed with lovely pictures of dried flowers on them. It's not often I win something so it was a treat to receive these in the post over the weekend. I have a friend to write to this week so I'll be posting one off soon!

What three good things have happened to you recently?


Workshops At Wild Oak Wood

It's been an exciting week as I've officially lauched our first series of Spring Workshops to be held here at Wild Oak Wood. Although we're mainly all about camping, I love learning new skills. There are so many inspiring people round here with interesting talents and it's my dream to become a place where people can share their knowledge to those who want to learn.

Our workshops are on the themes of crafting, mindfulness and bushcraft. In the first workshop I'll be showing people how easy it is to make their own naturally scented and tinted balms with 100% natural ingredients.

You'll find details of all our current courses here on our website workshop page, and I'll be introducing our other courses in the following weeks.

I'm really hoping there'll be some interest so do spread the word if you're local. If you would like to book a place, give us a call or send us an email! You can also sign up to our mailing list through our website to be kept up to date with all Wild Oak Wood news.
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