Thursday, June 23, 2011

Midwinter (With a Bit of Crazy)



It’s been a bizzy, bizzy week and we’ve thoroughly celebrated the midwinter solstice. On Tuesday night, it was the school Winter Festival and the eldest crafted the sparkle-arkling pumpkin above and there was a lantern walk and hot soup and bread for dinner and bonfires and thoroughly frosted feet.



On Wednesday night, it was the kinder Winter Festival and the Small’s face was sparkle-arkling with excitement and there was a lantern walk and hot soup and bread for dinner and a bonfire and by then I’d given up on ever feeling my feet again.



The ritual associated with celebrating midwinter is my favourite. I confess it brings out the hippy in me.



I love the sense of community that sharing food and magical, wintry kid stories and frostbitten feet brings.



Just for good measure, the school threw Crazy Hair Day into the mix. 8.30am and the hairdryer went up in smoke and the Middle’s hair was looking distinctly unimpressive with its quarter mohican styling. Some speedy, lateral thinking later, we discovered another use for those Easter Chicks...



Throw-together-in-seven minutes, (yikes! careful with that super glue!), crazy, bird-nest hair.



A prize-winning, if somewhat itchy, hair-do.

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Please note: No real bird nest was permanently harmed in the making of hair art.

42 comments:

dixiebelle said...

Love the Lanterns, and that hair-do sure was a prize winner... just for having managed to keep it in!! (And mohawks are so last season!

Lola Nova said...

There was a terrible rash of mohawks at the end of kinder and first grade here. That 'Do' is much more original!

Midwinter sounds kind of lovely, and soupy, and bready, and frozen toey, as well as sparkle-arkley!

CurlyPops said...

I sooo love your little bits of hippy/crazy. That brids nest do is da bomb!

Cinnamon said...

Any chance you'd adopt me as one of your kids so I could be a recipient of all the brilliant, last minute crafty/crazy ideas you have? :) And I have to ask, were you wearing hand knitted socks? I hear they are fantastic at keeping the feet toasty.

Gaby said...

Oh my god, that hairdo is awesome! And i know what you mean, any kind of solstice festival brings out my hippy side in a moment :)

flowerpress said...

Lots of yellow birds nest hairspray and gel round here for sports day yesterday, but no birds, drats! Now its all just a ring around the bath.

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

I love the idea of celebrating Mid-Winter with all the lanterns, just beautiful.

Hooray for very crafty crazy hair!.

Each year I crack out the hairspray (and sometimes the clippers) but you have inspired me to think outside the box - anything to avoid flouro-yellow over-spray on everything.

Felicity said...

Oh please, paleeeeese make this a fashion statement for the under 12's!

It would make mornings so much easier and as for headlice....enough said.

xx Felicity

Julie said...

Awesome! I could see it becoming the next 'in' thing.

teddybearswednesday said...

Love it all you big hippy. and it looks like so much fun.
and the Do is superb ( but looks frighteningly like my own hair first thing in the morning) xo

Kylie said...

OMG, I love it! So totally prize-winning :) Love your winter solstice photos too... the blurry oranges just perfect for mood and toe freezing appreciation :) Kx

Thea said...

It never ceases to amaze me how patient your little models are.

Tammi said...

That fantabulous hair do is a definitely prize winner in my books.

x

Copper Patch said...

I so love that your mind goes to birdsnesting, hairy greatness!
You bring a smile to my dial.
;o)

Tas said...

1 birdie used; 76 more to go... ;)

I feel like I missed something. I am coming across all these posts about celebrating the Winter Solstice. What the?

june at noon said...

It all sounds so cozy, despite the frostbite. The sparkle-arkling makes up for it, I think. Awesome bird's nest, too, and much better than a rat's nest!

Trace said...

fabulous "do"! Your winter night sounds lovely, if not a little chilly...

Stomper Girl said...

That leaves pink hairspray for dead, that crazy hair.

I feel your frozen toe pain from an early morning soccer perspective. Wouldn't mind a pair of fur-lined boots...

Michelle said...

just love it! you made me 'lol'! sad thing is my middle miss 15 wouldn't need the nest, just the bird would do the trick!
Michelle x

Sannah said...

Lovely to see your post about mid-winter. We didn't have a festival to go to this year, and I really miss it.

That crazy hair is the best I have ever seen by a long shot - wow!!

Linda said...

Such wonderful celebrations, the pumpkins and lanterns are amazing, the birds nest brilliant!
Warmly
Linda

sewnbysaliba said...

What a great hairstyle!! And fabulous photos, as usual!!! Glad you had a great winter solstice festival!

Kate said...

Its funny but the depths of winter completely have me trying to deny every tiny bit of hippie that might reside within. I like to be warm and dry. I can't help it. We passed on every outdoors event this week. Sad but true.
And seriously, that hairdo is BRILLIANT!! We might have to borrow that at some stage. We'll ask of course. x

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I love that hairdo .
This week we , too , can do frozen toes .... but it was our Summer Solstice this week . Faintly celebrated with small cheer as I peered at the midnight sky from under my umbrella .

Erica said...

That hair-do sure was a prize winner. What a great hairstyle!

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A Peppermint Penguin said...

well done that Birdman.

I didn't realise you had winter festivals - makes sense I suppose and how nice to have it with all the seasonal imagery and *without* that thing that happens in December and takes over *everything*!

It's been 13C here for so long and when it isn't tipping it down with rain it's blowing a gale. However we are supposed to be getting a heatwave. That'll be 18C then...

sparkle-arkle on!

Magic Bean said...

That's what my hair looks like most of the time... Except I don't have a blue birdie nesting. Well, I don't think I do.
Winter solstice looks amazing- there isn't much that can beat a pumpkin lantern. Ax

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

Sounds like wonderful festivities! And I absolutely ADORE the crazy hair day hairstyle! Brilliant!!

" me " said...

my hair looks like that sometimes :-)

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

pffft , brings out the hippy! I think its always there!!
love the hair, you are so good at thinking of good stuff like that!!Mid winter stuff is big here! BIG!)

beck said...

ahh..the winter festival. Takes me back to Footscray Steiner and the many chilly nights we spent with bonfires. lanterns, crazy running children...and the like. Our recent finger knitting craze is another Steiner inspired activity. I'm loving that crazy hair thingo and am most def going to borrow that idea! Also love your little birdie brooch, which I somehow missed. Hope you have a warm and snug weekend xo

Fer said...

That's brilliant. I so wish we had a Steiner school in these parts (the closest is Hobart, not at all practical). Go the hippy!

The Awakened Heart said...

Any chance that was a Steiner Winter Solstice celebration? We went along to the Belgrave Winter Solstice Lantern walk but I had to duck out of the Steiner celebrations locally because of a hideous bout of bronchitis. Lovely.
Piccies are gorgeous and I just love the birds nest hairdo. Well worth a prize.

Shannon said...

Ah - birds nest hair; bring back memories of camping and loads of Rosellas in my hair in the early mornings.
Glad to see that your lantern pictures are just as blurry as mine - damn that no good light dark night thing!
Happy solstice to you and yours.

Flaming Nora said...

I just love that hair do. Wish I had had one like that at that age! Thinking about it I would probably still wear one now! Was trying to e-mail you to say thank you properly, but I can't get the link thing to work properly on my computer, so please excuse my rudeness. I shall resort to snail mail I think!!

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

Why oh why does no one celebrate midwinter stuff here? I want to play! I want to embrace the cold hippy within! Moving shortlist shall be decided on who celebrates in winter festival style.
...and love the crazy hair.

silverpebble said...

That barnet is genius. No wonder it won a prize.

I never cease to be gobsmacked by the oppositeness of our seasons. You've got pumpkin lanterns and slow cooked osso bucco. We're eating salad and strawberries. You're having wintery gatherings and rituals whereas today we had a sweltering village sports day with potato and spoon races and gallons of suncream.

Sandrine said...

LOVE that hair do!! :) What a brilliant thing to celebrate winter this way.xx

tea with lucy said...

the driving rain kept us away from the midwinter festival in these parts. so we had ourselves a little family lantern walk a few nights later when it had cleared up. many similar orange glowing pictures in my camera!

heather said...

ha!!! creativity at its finest. thank goodness the hairdryer broke!!!

kirsten said...

get. out.
i LOVE the birdnest 'do.
i'm actually more impressed you conned the child into wearing it!
mine would be "but. will anyone laugh at me?"
um. yes, probably. BUT it'll make such a rocking post on my blog that you Will Wear It.
or perhaps that's just my house. ;)

jo so and sew said...

congratulations for the effort!