Saturday, April 9, 2011

current beside reads

I thought it might be nice to share my current reads from time to time, lover of books as I am and having been so grateful for those recommended reads over the years.
I am currently dabbling in a few depending on mood and inclination.

An all time favourite "Mitten Strings for God" by Katrina Kenison was a gift from a dear American friend on the birth of our first born. It was then, and continues to be, a guiding compass for my parenting all woven in such a beautiful way. She, like I, has been very touched by the Rudolf Steiner philosophies of child rearing and education and I found much to remind me of where I want to be. Just lovely!

"Simplicity Parenting" by Kim John Payne is proving wonderful. I am feeling very inspired by his ideas and insights. He writes very much about finding a "pace of grace" to borrow a term from another much-loved title for oneself and children in this busy bustly world of ours.

The other titles probably need no introduction. It is still the height of my ambitions to have chickens, an endeavour not to entre into lightly I am warned by this book, blah!

a new member of our family

Just recently we adopted a little bunny from the Nest kindergarten. We called her Honey bunny (no doubt very original). She comes from quite an illustrious line - her Flemish mother "Flopsy" escaped into the surrounding vines and wild near the kindergarten over the Christmas holidays. Later she was returned by neighbors who read of her famous escape in the local newspaper. Some weeks later she gave birth to three suspiciously feral looking kits, Honey being one of. The jury is still out whether she will prove more wild than tame. Thus far the call of the wild seems to be strong - she is very wriggly by nature and seems ever to want to leap out of our arms when we try to hug. Just  yesterday Ethan managed to open her hutch, unbeknown to us, and she escaped to provide some street entertainment. Found sitting in the middle of the road and enticed by some lettuce she was returned by some children from our street who caught her in a butterfly net! Mmm not looking too good! Like mother like daughter I am afraid!
But then, there are all the wonderful things a pet has allowed. A "project" to paint her hutch and make it ready. Great team work, though Eth looked decidedly white after all this and so did a few nearby posts!
And another excuse to make a blanket!
 And this, that best of beautiful love and care spell, that a pet seems to encourage and allow to bring to life in all of us.