It’s been cold around here. While I am not a huge fan of the cold weather,  I have to confess that ice and frost are a novelty to this coast-dwelling West Aussie. So every time it happens,  I am out taking pictures in my slippers.


Apologies to my neighbours.


Anyway,  I usually have the garden to myself at that time of the day.  Even the dog flakes on me! Fortunately,  that means I get to enjoy it more,  and it is more likely I will get a visitor. Like this lovely golden whistler who serranaded me the other morning.


Not the best shot,  I know.  He was fast!


It is a great way to start the day,  with stillness,  before the bustle of breakfast and getting dressed.  Maybe even worth the chilly feet. Maybe.



Land Art


We couldn’t have asked for better weather to create land art today – The Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens were sunny and clothed in beautiful autumn style!


A select group of adventurers thoroughly enjoyed getting their hands dirty looking for the perfect acorn to complete the project!


Let’s do it again soon!  🙂

Nuturing Curiosity While Out and About


There is  a lovely post that has been circulating a few days about nurturing curiosity in young children through the use of Inquiry Bags. It is lovely and has some fun ideas to help you with nurturing the spark in your own young child.

This idea is one of those good ones that fits so many approaches: The project-based learning approach as championed by Lori Pickert has the similar idea of bringing drawing supplies whenever children are out and about. And Nature journals are a post all of their own!

We have always had a bag of art supplies in the car. Ours is simple and just contains a sketchbook for each person and some pencils, but I love the idea of expanding these supplies to encourage curiosity more often, and adding things based on where we are off to. A magnifying glass is easy to come by and has a lot of uses, and my boys would love the measuring tape.

What do you do to encourage the spirit of inquiry in your children? Do you have things you take with you when you are out and about?

Getting out and about

It is a glorious time of year here in the Hills, and its time to get out and about! With all the glorious colours around at the moment, I have been thinking about a lot of the artists who use natural materials to create beautiful, temporary works of art. It goes by various names, but the most common seems to be land art. There are so many ideas out there.  These are beautiful.

There’s a lot pretty pictures on this gallery of Richard Shilling’s work.

Or for more simple, kid friendly ideas try Land Art for Kids!

And some more interesting ideas for making Land Art Mandalas on Playful Learning.

If you are interested in joining us for a Land Art day, we would love to have you. We are going to visit the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens on Wednesday the 7th of May from 10:00 am. There will be no charge for this, just a chance to chat with some like-minded people and create some art. Bring a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the Adelaide Hills.



The newest equipment built at The Creekside Atelier is designed to let the children run in circles.  That’s something they like doing anyway! It was designed by my DH using an existing pole, some washers and springs. It has been a real hit!