Tapestry Days

When I told my granddaughters I was retiring, one of them said, “Nana, does that mean you’ll have more time?”

Every mature adult has life wisdom that should be passed on so that new generations can benefit from the stream of knowledge. I take this seriously and have been pondering how I can make the best use of the time I have with my grandchildren. For some, the grandparenting gig revolves around buying stuff and paying admission to places. That is not what I value.

I came up with Tapestry Days. My grandchildren and I are going to weave together exploration, learning, creativity and nature lore into a beautiful tapestry to treasure and eventually bequeath when their time comes.

The day starts at mid-morning and goes through to late afternoon. Each time two girls come with me – we want to make sure we have space enough to focus on each one’s interests and abilities. Everyone in a clump is fun, but doesn’t allow for much individual attention.

Our first part of the day is out in nature. It might involve taking a hike or enjoying the community garden. The point is to be close to God’s creation, to notice and to rejoice in the life all around us. There is health and wholeness in being among plants, birdsong, moving air and trickling water. While we’re out and about, we’ll watch for treasure that is bountiful if we know how to look.

Back at my house, we’ll have our foods and nutrition learning time, also known as lunch. I know beyond all doubt that food is medicine and our choices matter, so we’ll talk about the ingredients we use and why we love them. Processed foods have no place here. Making food from natural ingredients is creative and fun. Spiralized carrots, anyone?

The next part of the day is called Honey-Do. I have realized that the two-way path of giving and receiving is a blessing children should be given, so for twenty minutes by the stove timer they get to do small and valuable chores for me. The options are written on sticky notes, the tasks are enjoyable, and the end results satisfying.

The rest of our afternoon is spent in crafting and skills – not throwaway junk but creations of value and use. Crocheting, knitting, card making, sewing, nature-craft and seasonal decorations are some examples that come to mind at this early stage. As we craft, we will converse, or enjoy the silences. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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Foods and nutrition ... Abigail and Felicity were ready and eager for a Tapestry Day now that the weather is on our side once more. We had a beautiful day for our foods and nutrition exploration: How to recognize, gather and eat that wonderful spring tonic - nettles....

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Out into nature ... We’ve had a few dry days and today’s forecast was sunny with a high of 10°C, so the conditions for my plan were as perfect as you could hope for in January. And my plan? The exciting craft of building a fire. I picked up Laureli and Cariana at...

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Food and nutrition ... We are in the midst of a heavy rainfall warning, so we had an indoors day. We’ll miss our nature walk, but this gives us more time to work with foods and crafts. We started in on lunch preparation right away. First we talked about how plants...

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Photo above: listening to bird talkFood and Nutrition ...Another gorgeous November day set the tone for our outing. Since our morning had a late start, we went right away to the garden to gather greens for our lunchtime salad. As anticipated, we found plenty of...

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Out into nature ... Today's forecast was for 10-15 mm of rain, so we felt very blessed to have dry and sunny weather while we explored Stoney Creek Park. I love this place – it feels like a world apart. The creek is so accessible and who can resist shallow, moving...

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Out into nature ... With a gorgeous sunny day ahead of us, Abigail, Laureli and I headed for the garden to collect culinary herbs. Our goal was to harvest and discuss aromatic herbs, and each collect enough to season one pot of bone broth. This turned into a long and...