|From The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady|
For those looking for inspiration of the highest level in the realm of nature notebooks, Edith Holden (1871-1920) has been the standard for so many of us. Homeschooled by her mother during her early years, she became an artist and teacher. She wrote her Nature Notes as a model nature journal for her students at Solihull School for Girls, never intending to have it published. Thankfully, her great niece, Rowena Stott, presented it to a publisher and in 1977 it was published as The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady . Another preserved heirloom , The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady was published in 1989.
|The Edwardian Lady: The Story of Edith Holden, Author of the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady|
Biography by Ina Taylor
Her life was interesting. She was born and raised in England as a Unitarian, married a 33-year-old when she was 40, and died nine years later while trying to reach a branch of chestnut buds over a river. Her middle name was in honor of her cousin, the first female to receive a medical degree in the U.S., Elizabeth Blackwell.
We refer to her notebooks often. Her choice of quotes and poetry to illustrate her journals have been quite helpful when we want to embellish our own notebooks. Sometimes I just display a page on a table because they are so beautiful.
There is a 12-part series on you tube made in 1984 to enjoy. They are titled by month. Here is the introduction/January installment.
I just noticed that I do not have an entry on our nature notebooks in my right sidebar under "Living Journals". Since we are into our 2nd decade of keeping these journals, I will try to put something up soon. Nature study in a Charlotte Mason education is the foundation of all science study. Do you remember when and where you saw your first copy of an Edith Holden journal? I do. I was at William Caxton Books, LTD in Door County, Wisconsin about 13 years ago. Et tu?
From joy to joy,