Embracing Autumn

The morns are meeker than they were –
The nuts are getting brown –
The berry’s cheek is plumper –
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf –
The field a scarlet gown –
Lest I sh’d be old-fashioned
I’ll put a trinket on.
— Emily Dickinson

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



7 thoughts on “Embracing Autumn

  1. WONDERFULLY vivid description of back to school at home! How exciting for your children! so love reading what you are doing and I will make a conker man or lady!! how about this for an autumn ode:
    Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
    Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
    Conspiring with him how to load and bless
    With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
    To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
    And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
    To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
    With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
    And still more, later flowers for the bees,
    Until they think warm days will never cease,
    For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells. etc

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