Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Though we receive the longest sunlight now, the hottest days of summer aren’t in June. We have a "lag" of the seasons while the oceans and Earth warm up from wintertime.

What's your favourite season? You already know mine - Spring, but Summer brings it's own magic and fun.

Summer Solstice or the longest day, when the sun (sol) is at a stand still. It also marks the sun start of it's journey back to the dark night. Days start to get shorter, although the latest sunsets are found toward the end of June. It gives us a really good reasons to celebrate summer though and brings some old traditions to our childrens' attention. Some know this fascinating astronomical event as MidSummer, but the celebrations of MidSummer took place preceding and after the Solstice celebrations. This is a time when abundance is great. Many traditions throughout time have celebrated the Solstices, Ancient Egypt, and Aztecs of Mexico, Chinese, Chumash Indians of California, Indigenous Europeans. In present time you will find the Solstices celebrated by neo-pagan, Western Mystery tradition, Wiccan, Native American and the Catholic tradition as the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

So you didn't leap about playing instruments at Stonehenge this year...you can certainly celebrate in other simple ways with your children.

  • Watch a sunset and then paint an inspired one
  • Dry summer flowers into a journal and write a summer story
  • Read sun stories from other ancient civilizations
  • Dye fabric, yarn and silk with flowers from your garden
  • Make a firey sun doll for your nature table
  • Use the sun and a magnifying glass to create woodburning art

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Fe Fi Fiona!

Gosh, what a busy time it's been lately...phew. Gnome school is out forever - oops I mean for the Summer and the kids are giddy with anticipation at all the exciting 'Camp Cheydleur' fun and games we have planned, from beach camping, pool play dates and big-day-out trips to teacher training, cub scout activities and workshops!

Which brings me to a start of a summer impromptu workshop, with no other than the delightful Fiona Duthie, who's informal titles include: contributing editor of Living Crafts mag; gypsy fiber art goddess, homeschooler and altogether quite awesome person ( yes I made that one up!).
The long beach ladies of the realm gathered last evening to hear the wise words of the storyteller and then begin to create characters for the stories - then this morning at the crack of dawn - ok it was only 9am, but you know me... - we were off to wet felt our storytelling mat. I won't bore you with the de tails but only to say that Donovan Boy and Little Gandalf were most impressed by the volcanic mountain and rainbow waterfall in my mat ( not actually complete yet) and already have desires to tell their own stories, so it worked!! Thank you Fiona, I hope our paths cross again soon!