When I first read Amy Mack's bush calendar I was inspired to put on my boots and head outside on my own private nature expedition. I think you might feel the same as read through the pages of this Australian nature journal.
This book was first published in 1909. It is an exquisite literary account of the Australian bush of 100 years ago.
Each month Amy sets out on a bush walk around Sydney, NSW, seeing what she can discover. Her particular interest is the birds and flowers that she finds. Her enthusiasm is infectious.
Amy Mack’s ebook will compel you to get out and start nature walking. This ebook is not just for homeschoolers or students but for any one who loves nature (or wants to).
This ebook is perfect for Australian nature study.
‘May. There are some days that make you laugh; days when little white clouds chase each other across a smiling sky, when little breezes play round the tree-tops and tickle the leaves into laughter; when wavelets skip and dance in the harbour, and birds gush and gurgle in the bush; when the whole world laughs with joy and you must laugh with it.’Amy Mack A Bush Calendar
Encouraging the children to look at the changes that they see in their own backyard is worthwhile and A Bush Calendar helps them to tune into their senses and begin to look outside and observe the subtle changes that happen each month of the year.
Some ways you can use this ebook.
1. Read from the relevant month and then go outside and make your own observations in a nature journal. Banksia and Bilbies- Seasons of Australia (if you can find it) can also be used as this tells what is happening each week of the year all over Australia.
2.Comparison of different climates. The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden is written only three years prior to A Bush Calendar. Reading these two books in conjunction is a delightful way to study different climates and hemispheres.
3. If you need motivation this book is inspirational. Amy is so excited about what she sees it is infectious.
"It was two butterflies that did the mischief today. I had quite made up my mind to have a nice day’s sewing, and had planned two blouses to be made; but while I sat at breakfast on the verandah those blue butterflies came floating by, and the blouses were forgotten. In and out amongst the red tips of the gum-saplings they flittered, living turquoise in a frame of burnished copper. A little wind, too young to be rough, flittered softly after them and set the red leaves dancing as it passed. Some sunbeams, seeing the dancing leaves, came to join in the fun, and butterflies, leaves, and sunbeams danced and sparkled together in the soft sweet breeze.
It was irresistible. I set down my coffee cup and stood up. “It’s no use,” I said to myself, “no one can work today, when all the world’s a-dancing. It is a day for the bush!” So off to the bush I went." A Bush Calendar