Take time to look at the sky

3rd February 2021

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Take time to look at the sky in the day light and at night.
Be curious – how is this sky created, what are its qualities?
What can you see in the sky at night?
Last week the earth saw a full moon. Full moons in January are known as the “wolf moon”; the name comes from settlers in America who heard wolves howl outside their villages. Full moons happen every 29 days. In 2020 there were 13 full moons. In 2021 there will be a total of 12, including three “supermoons”- a full Pink Moon in April, a full Flower Moon in April and a full Strawberry Moon in June. NASA says there are lots of different names around the world for the wolf moon; Candles moon, Thiapusam Festival Moon, Duruthu Poya, and The Full Moon of Tu B’Shevat. Many people see a full moon to represent a new beginning; to start afresh and make a new path.
What stars can you see?
When we paint the sky, we often use the colour blue, but is the sky one colour?
What colours can we see in the sky?
Make a point of noticing and enjoying different textures, colours and contrasts you can see.
Can you make shapes out of the clouds in the sky? What shape / object can you make today?