17 Sep 2014

Lessons from the Armitt

And so we're home. It has been an incredible trip, filled with so much wonder that I scarcely know where to begin. Ten weeks of amazingness is just impossible to put into one post - or even ten. We've spent time in Scotland, Wales, England, France and Japan. We're attended performances of Shakespeare and Kabuki. We've stayed with friends and family, in homes, hotels, cottages, machiyas, ryokans, bed and breakfasts, and even a French chateau. We spent a week at a Bible conference, and another doing a tour of Reformation Scotland. We have thousands of photos, many of which we've been posting on A Peaceful Day's Facebook page, and I'm grateful to those of you who have followed along with us and who left encouraging comments.

With that said, probably the most interesting thing for many of you, was the very first week, where we visited Ambleside in the Lake District, and ensconced ourselves in the Armitt library to learn what we could about Charlotte Mason and her philosophy of education. I thought that I might begin there, with a few posts that together I will call Lessons From The Armitt. Because we learned so much. Mostly, that we make things much too hard. Maybe you'll get some ideas that you can incorporate into your homeschool. I hope so. I certainly did.

I don't know how many posts I'll do. Some people design series of posts and manage to see them through. Generally I'm really bad at that. I sort of lose steam halfway through. Anyhow, I'll make a start. Let's see how I go! I'll start next week.

But first, some pictures to set the scene:

Lessons from the Armitt I: The Book of Centuries

Lessons from the Armitt II:Bird and Flower Lists


  1. Bet she never thought she would be known as an electricity substation.

    Welcome back!

  2. "we make things too hard"...well, that seems to be the vein of thought I keep hearing over and over again this year! I really enjoyed your photos on facebook...thank you for taking the time to share them! Looking forward to your future posts!

  3. So glad you had such an amazing experience and very much looking forward to the many posts to come.

  4. It's nice to have you home! :) Looking forward to reading your posts.

  5. My kind of girl, you are, Jeanne!
    Yes, Amy, I am loving being taught that I do not need to make things hard, :) And Jeanne is my #1 mentor.
    I thank you too for the wonderful pictures and sharing of your vacation. And needless to say, I am glued to your blog, welcoming any more posts on your series, or any more posts, period, lol.

  6. It is wonderful to "see" you here again, Jeanne. Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures. Pure delight. I look forward to reading more thoughts and experiences as you post about them in the future. I hope that the adjustment of returning home is not too difficult.

  7. Oh I can't wait to hear what you have to say next! And welcome back. You were missed. :)

  8. All the boys could say was, "When is Jemimah coming to play?" and, "When is Miss Jeanne coming back here?". I, on the other hand, thoroughly enjoyed seeing you at the Armitt and wish I had given you loads of research to do for me. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

    It is not a surprise to me that we make things too difficult. It certainly hasn't slipped by me these past seven years that the less I say and do, the more my boys learn.

    Loving you from here,
    Richele and Max and Luca and, of course, Oleg

  9. I'm not on fb book anymore and I've certainly missed you!

  10. Welcome back! I've missed your posts and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your pictures. And learning about what you've learned in your travels too.

  11. I am looking forward to whatever posts you do manage to put together. And I loved following your travel photos on FB. Glad you are safely home and can talk about your time away.


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