I've been wanting to read Winter Buds by Bette J. Davis with my kids for a few years. It's a miracle I remembered I had the book on my shelf, but my memory was prompted by a blog post at Handbook of Nature Study about studying twigs in winter.
Before heading out the door today with our journals, we read the first couple of short chapters in Winter Buds to give us some ideas what to look for on winter twigs.
It started to rain just as walked outside today, but the spot where we wanted to go was nearby so we ventured forth. Even so, we didn't last long at our journaling since it was tricky to draw with rain falling on our pages, but we stuck it out as long as we could with wet paper and cold fingers. We sketched what we saw and then completed the pages at home.
|My page, first day of the bud study project.|
Once I get out of the habit of working on our journals, the project grows in complexity in my mind and I convince myself we don't have time it. Or, just as likely, I forget about our journals.
But the thing is, when I plunge back in, I remember that even a few moments is often all it takes to kick us back into the routine. I remember it's not complicated to notice nature around us, and when it comes to drawing, a quick sketch can be enough.
I don't know why I have to learn the lesson over and over again, but making the time to work on our journals somehow extends the time we have for the rest of the day. Everyone is usually in a good mood after we work on our journals - whether the mood is from being outside, from being creative on our pages, or from being away from the gadgets that grab our gaze, I don't know.
We took the advice of tying a string on the twigs we each drew to help us find the same twigs again. That may have been the favorite part of our trek today - tying red thread on a twig with plans to visit another time.