Friday, 12 May 2017

Keeping & a Serendipitous Moment





We had a family picnic at this park, one of our favourite spots, about a month ago and today Moozle & I went back to do some nature notebooking. We sat by the pond and she made a comment about not ever having seen the water lilies in flower. I suddenly remembered that I'd drawn one (or tried to) when they were in flower before she was born. Sure enough, I looked back in my nature notebook and there on the very first page, dated March, 2002, was recorded my first entry in my nature notebook. Em...I still use the same notebook, but I was reminded of how long my nature notebook Keeping has been in progress, even if it has been a slow process and that fifteen years ago I took the first step.




 



Lately Moozle has become more interested in using watercolour, keeping it separate from her notebook just in case it seeps through the pages. I posted an instructional video series she's enjoyed working through here along with some of her paintings of flowers. This one below is one of her favourites.








'No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face...'
John Donne





'Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves, and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn, that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness, that season which had drawn from every poet, worthy of being read, some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.'

Persuasion by Jane Austen, Ch 10 






Linking up with Celeste at Keeping Company



6 comments:

  1. I've got a bunch of 5 year old nature journals I start and stop and start and stop with my kids. I felt so badly that I've not been consistent about nature journaling that I've simply left them on the shelf for the past year. But now, knowing that your journal has lasted for 15 years, and you've just kept going, I don't feel so embarrassed. Rather, I feel inspired!

    Thank you.

    And Moozle's watercolor is just beautiful!

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    1. Good for you, Anne. Better to start & be inconsistent than never to have started at all!

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  2. Love this Carol! I use the same nature notebook too. I think I started mine the same year! Hoping to get back to my nature notebook this coming year! ♥️ Betty

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    1. Hi Betty! You'll have to post some pictures when you do :)

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