The early peace of the woods is always a tonic to life in general and we had a welcome moment of calm, with falling leaves and early morning bird song.
Having made charcoal last week, the children used it to create elder pens today, to draw and mark make with. There was cutting elder to length, peeling the ends, removing the pith with screwdrivers and carefully twisting charcoal into the end to make a pen.
Interested in tools, they undertook more sawing and then hammered nails into wooden rounds.
After school we looked up at the waxing moon through the trees and enjoyed the sunset light. Hot drinks were served and the stream was explored in the darkness. We had time to celebrate a birthday with a candle and a song in the dusk before heading on up the hill for the end of another lovely day in the woods.