Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady on YouTube

I was recently delighted to find a YouTube series of The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady. I purchased this book long ago to share with our daughter, Lydia, and we both enjoyed it immensely.

The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady is a facsimile of a year's worth of nature notes, seasonal observations, quotes, poems, and lovely watercolor art work for each of the twelve months of the year created by British artist and illustrator, Edith Holden (1871-1920). This series on YouTube tells the story of her life in twelve segments featuring each of the months of the year illustrated in her book.

You might wish to know ahead of time that the Holdens, including Edith, were Spiritualists and Unitarians. Edith herself was instrumental in leading her family in seances in which she delivered messages from her dead mother to comfort her father and siblings. This activity is spotlighted in the first segment. You may wish to skip over it or explain it to your children who are watching.

The book itself is lovely and would be acceptable as a springboard for teaching your children about nature, keeping a nature journal, and creating artwork of nature. By bringing the God of Nature, the Creator, into the lessons, this book would be an excellent addition to nature studies in the home school. If you have young adults, you might also wish to discuss from Scripture the errors of the Spiritualist and Unitarian belief systems.

You may view the first installment of the YouTube series here:

The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady: January

Subsequent installments may be found by using the Search feature on YouTube.