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Phillipians 4:4-8

For with Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light shall we see light. Psalm 36:9

A lovely gift

Posted by Jeanne


A very dear AO friend, whom I am also privileged to know in real life, sent me this amazing hand cross stitched card. It is so beautiful, and she is so clever and I...well I love it.

When Christmas is over, I'm going to get it framed.

Here's the lovely verse from inside:

Set ev'ry peak and valley humming

with the word, the Lord is coming.

People, look East, and sing today:

Love the Lord is on the way!

-Eleanor Farjeon

Thank you, dear friend, and Merry Christmas. xxx



Charlotte Mason Afternoon

Posted by Jeanne


Have all my local friends caught up with the fact that I'm hosting a Charlotte Mason Afternoon in Northcote, Melbourne on Wednesday 21st January at 2 PM until late?

If you want to come along and chat about all things CM and AO, I'd love to see you.

The location is still to be finalised, but if you'd like to come, you can leave me details here or on A Peaceful Day's FB page ( in the sidebar) or by PMing me in the forum. Or all three if you'd prefer. There are also details on the CM Australia FB page, so you can get info there as well.

I am so excited that something like this is happening in Australia. Rejoice with me!




Posted by Jeanne

With today's Fire Danger Rating map looking like this, we can't help but be grateful for our local firies, as well as some of their amazing equipment.

On the weekend, Jemimah, her daddy and I had the opportunity to view the Bell 412 firebombing helicopter that has been stationed just outside of town along with its crew in recent weeks. It is sorta comforting knowing that it is there today, you know.

The helicopter can hold up to 1400 litres of water and is designed for fast deployment and refuelling, as well as providing access that would be impossible by road. It can fill its tank in less than a minute, and dump it in a second or two.

We haven't had a serious fire in this area for several years, but they do happen, and days like today are potentially disastrous.

Thanks to our Firefighters. We really appreciate you.






First aiding

Posted by Jeanne

We know from the PNEU Programmes that students in Charlotte Mason's schools did First Aid in Forms III and IV as part of the subject called Work, but we don't need an excuse to be up to date with this really, do we?

Our family has done an Advanced Life Support course every year since Jemimah was 8, but this year we combined that with a snake and spider bite first aid course as well, which is sort of useful given the sorts of creepy crawlies we have around here. It was great.

Here's Jemimah doing CPR on baby Anne. Actually, she's saying, "Hurry up and take the photo, Mummy, or the baby's gonna die!" Examiner, Lee, agrees with her.

Next, Daddy works on Anne.

Two breaths to thirty compressions is the rule for an infant in Australia (other countries are different). Fortunately, she survived. Yay!

Compression bandaging a snake or spider bite. The second most venomous snake in the world, the Eastern Brown, is on our doorstep, and they've been very active in town this year as they look for water. It's good to know what we're doing if we're bitten.

Other participants work on Little Annie. She lives on as well, despite her severe injuries and lack of limbs. She is fun to shock with the defib, though. Heh.


My first commonplace book

Posted by Jeanne

With all the talk about commonplace books about at the moment, I thought some of you might like to take a look at my very first commonplace book, begun in my teens and used into my early twenties.

Being as I was not quite as familiar with Charlotte Mason then as I am now, I didn't quite stick to the rules. Some pages are undated, and quotes are not attributed. I also stuck in a bit of memorabilia. Ahem. Nevertheless, it really takes me back to those angst filled days when I didn't really know who or what I really was. I wouldn't be twenty again for quids - would you?

My favourite photo of me. I was just two.

I've always loved Rabbie.

Learning about me.

My love for Dan Fogelburg began early, see, Megan!

I am fascinated to find that Japanese philosophy interested me even way back then.

Still a beautiful song, don't you think?

More Dan.

And some Byron.

More Japonisme!

And a pile of more recent commonplace books and Scripture journals.

Have you always been a Keeper as well?


A Christmas present for you

Posted by Jeanne

A couple of weeks ago a friend posted a couple of pages from Adventures with a Microscope on FaceBook. The pages were headed 'Useful Supplies for your Laboratory Table and Shelf', and she was looking for help in purchasing the items for her daughter.

I must say that it was a formidable list indeed.  Not only were the names of the reagents and chemicals archaic - things like caustic potash, chlorinated soda and xylol, some of them were downright dangerous, like chloroform (really), and most of them are impossible to purchase nowadays anyway, even if you wanted them.  Which it turns out you don't.

What I started out doing was to write a revised list of equipment and reagents for use with this book.  What I ended up with is a 20 page booklet that I've called An Introductory Guide for Adventuring Safely.  I've put it online at google docs, and if you would like a copy, you can download it from there and print it off.  Well, you can if I've done it right. Wry grin.

Just call it a Christmas present from me to you.

Ambleside Online has recently listed Adventures with a Microscope as part of its AO7 Science selections.  It is a wonderful book, written in engaging and informative literary language, and I''m excited to be using it with Jemimah next year. Hopefully this guide will allow you to join us safely.

As a caveat - I haven't yet used this book, so the guide is sure to change as we work through its pages.  My suggestions may not work, or we may find a better way of doing certain things.  I'll be sure to let you know if and when that happens.

Merry Christmas!


My beautiful reading room

Posted by Jeanne

I realised yesterday that I have never blogged about our reading room. I posted about our plans to create one back in 2011, but I've never shown you the dream come to fruition. And that's naughty, isn't it, because if you're anything like me, you love looking at libraries, yes?  I thought so!

The reading room rose from the metaphorical ashes of our guest room. The furniture in this room was all lost in the 2011 floods, and we suddenly realised that the room would get much more use as a library than as a guest room. A lovely comfy green sofa bed still allows us to sleep guests in comfort, so if you're ever in the area, there's still a bed for you, but now the space does double duty as a home for a significant part of our substantial collection of books.

I also realised yesterday that the room is hard to photograph. The lighting is low, to protect the book spines from the bleaching affects of the sun, so the photos are not the best, but I still thought you might like to see what is definitely my favourite of the rooms in our peaceful home.

So. Want a guided tour?

This is the entrance. School maps are stored in the bin on the floor. A pile of ever-changing favourite books is displayed on the pedestal.

Closest to us is maths, science and nature. Picture books at the bottom. Christmas books and travel guides and outgrown but precious board books are stored in the covered boxes on the bottom shelf..

Another view of the entrance, while we're here!

Humanities - history, geography, art, music science. The overflow of literature is kept here as well.  We love to display a few interesting bits and pieces amongst the rows of books.  Some of my favourite things are on these shelves, including the tapestry flower that Jemimah made in AO1.

The sitting area. I'm sorry the blanket is crooked. I didn't notice when I took the photo, because the squares don't show up so well in reality as they do with the flash, but it is really annoying my OCD nature, so I apologise if it is rubbing you up the wrong way as well. The chest holds bedding.

Here's a close-up of the room's usual occupants. I love Raggedy Ann and Andy - do you?  You'll find the books on the shelf to their right...your left.

On the other side of the room, you'll find Australian children's literature closest to us in this next pic, old collections in the display section in the centre, and hardback world kids' literature. Cut off at the left end is our poetry section.

This is the other end of the room.  On the wall hangs part of my Asian textile collection, in this case a  phaa sin, a women's tube skirt from Tai Daeng village in San Nuea in Northern Laos.  Other textiles hang around as well.  It pleases me to have so many of my favourite things in this room.  This is my view from my seat on the sofa.

The wine box on the floor holds books in readiness for AO8.  They're arriving in bits and pieces each day, now.  It's like Christmas, opening the mail each day.  On the floor, a pair of Hmong wedding slippers.  At least, I think they're Hmong.  I'll have to check that!

The literature wall, front on.

And finally, some close ups, because even though it is nice to see books shelves, it is much more fun if you can read the titles, right? These are some Australian treasures.

Miss Mason's favourite Waverleys.

And it mightn't be the prettiest shelf, but these are my favourite books of all. My Mason collection.

The books on the pedestal.

And a much loved verse scroll made by a tiny tot Jemimah to welcome you in.

And that's it. My beloved reading room. I hope you've enjoyed having a look around it with me.

The room is not quite finished. Next year we hope to relay the carpet - this piece of carpet is just sitting on the floor, even though it does the job pretty well. I'm not looking forward to packing up this room, but I am looking forward to having it completed. I'll be sure to post more pics when it is done.

Anything you'd like to see close-ups of?

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