{New} In the Store

I put the word new in brackets in the title of the post because what is new in the store is not actually new at all. I’ve recently added several old items — ranging from the late 19th to the mid-20th century —  that have a few things in common: they are from the natural world or made of glass or wood… It’s interesting that my subconscious tends to direct me to buy random vintage items that somehow fall into categories that parallel each other. (Whoa. That sounded deep.)

For more information about any of these items, go to the www.therovinghome.com

Playing Outside

My oldest son took a class at the Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary this Fall. It is a beautiful place, and he spent six weeks catching spiders, hunting mushrooms and tracking down beavers, among other things. After class we would head to the Wildlife Sanctuary’s playground, which blended into its surroundings, as every element was made of trees and twigs. Clever activities were set up, such as a split rail fence that could be built in different configurations and a sandbox with bones and other nature-y bits buried below the surface, ready to be discovered. I found myself looking forward to the class as much as my son, just for the chance to experience a technology-free antidote to modern life, if only for a little while.