Today we had quite an autumn celebration in our home. Not really planned, the day just sort-of unfolded that way and I went with it.
I learnt a lot this morning - mostly that when beeswax melts the quantity tends to "shrink". Even after 3 separate wax meltings I still ended up with not quite enough wax. Which meant our candles weren't quite egg-shaped as the wax didn't reach the top of the eggshells. But that's okay! They still worked. And I would like to try them again next week.
Melting our slithers of beeswax
Using a funnel to pour it into our eggshells
Leaving to harden
We cleaned and tidied the living rooms this morning and I emptied the vase of withered roses and replaced them with these warm-coloured grasses, cut from the hedging down the side of the verandah.
The children went on an autumn nature hunt and used their discoveries to make this table centrepiece, an autumn inspired table wreath.
Saraya happily peeled away at the shells once the candles had hardened
And the table centrepiece made the perfect frame for our home made candle, which we lit at dinner time. Very special!
Saraya read us all a poem we found called "Autumn Song" - welcoming the falling leaves and cooler weather. We dined on pumpkin soup and wholemeal rolls, then apple and raspberry puff and home made vanilla ice-cream. Yum!!
It was a good, long, productive day. I am tired tonight but I know my children enjoyed this spontaneous seasonal celebration, and so did I. :)