No sooner had we returned from our summer holiday, than we felt the autumn chill in the air. The blustery wind has been tossing the crunchy leaves around our garden. It really feels like autumn has arrived, although unlike Dickinson’s description our roses are still blooming. To cherish the turn in the weather, we drew our first ever chalk pastel pictures of ‘An Autumn Walk in the Woods’ with help from www.chalkpastel.com. We loved using a new medium for our artwork.
To help us embrace the constant seasonal changes of colour, smell, temperature, air and ground underfoot, we have a timetabled nature walk (we are obviously allowed to go other times!) and look for specific things, and this week we were looking for seeds. They were everywhere – big, small, fluffy, sticky, prickly, hard, soft, colourful and monochrome – such variation, each plant unique. We had some wonderful conversations on our walk imagining what might happen to a seed that got stuck in a fox’s fur or that a bird might have eaten before taking off.
Once home and before our collection of seeds were neglected in a far corner of the kitchen, we made a conkerman with some toothpicks and some pictures using some bird seed. I think we may sketch some of them into our journals – I’ll keep you posted on Instagram