9 June 2012

venus & rosehips

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We've had a lazy, hibernating kind of week. Friends have been falling ill all around us and rather than get in amongst it during the school holidays, we felt like staying home and enjoying our own company. Stopping for a bit and gathering ourselves. A perfect way to welcome Winter, I reckon. We had a patch of sun on Wednesday and set ourselves up out on the front verandah, as we often do on sunny winter days, making the most of the northerly aspect and the thermal mass of concrete below... I'm sure the neighbours think we're rather mad - although possibly not just because we camp on the front porch on occasion... It is awfully fun though.

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So our sunny Wednesday happened to coincide with the transition of Venus, which meant that big owlet needed to make a pinhole viewer with which to witness the momentous occasion. Which she did. I meanwhile, attempted to prune a couple of rose bushes and pick the last of the rosehips to make jam...

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 Then both owlets proceeded to draw their observations, plus a few they'd noticed on the NASA live coverage...

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Which, of course led them to observe that it looked like a one eyed Mr. Happy. Which became a two eyed Mr. Happy. And then I think the day led to the reading of several Mr. Men books, of which we have a great many...

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We also have a great many rosehips in the freezer now too, waiting for a suitable time for me to hull them and make jam. Even in these floating, hibernating days, who can say when that will be? This unschooling life is certainly never dull, but it is a lesson in patience and flexibility. And rather amusing too...

Which leads me to let you know that I'll be reviving Unschool Mondays, starting this Monday. I've had some time to pause and reflect on these labels we give ourselves and the stuff that comes with them. Unschooling is just living and we lead a rather wonderful life, as our home education monitor pointed out to us just last week. I've loved sharing the unschooling journey with so many readers, and I miss sharing it. I miss the creativity and inspired thought that came from discussions right here on Unschool Mondays, so I'm looking forward to finding that again. I'm looking forward to going back to basics and sharing what we do in a little more detail, and hearing what you do too... because no two unschooling families are alike. And I think that's what I enjoy about it most. I hope you'll join me and read along with interest, or add your post to the linkup. I'm looking forward to reading about how learning and living happen at your place. xx

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