Hannah Bullivant is a writer, stylist and founder of beautiful lifestyle blog Seeds & Stitches. She and her family celebrate a seasonal lifestyle, living in harmony with the change of seasons and pursuing a mindful life. They moved from London to Faversham, Kent, 2 years ago where she lives with her husband Dave, their 4-year-old daughter Frankie-Rose, and are currently expecting another baby. Living closer to the beach and woods has helped them become more connected to what’s happening in nature and all the subtle changes that come with the changing seasons. As their daughter grows, they are enjoying establishing seasonal rituals and rhythms – celebrating and making the most of each solstice. Read our interview with her below.
HOW DO YOU TEACH FRANKIE-ROSE ABOUT SEASONAL LIVING?
Her love of the outside and anything messy is infectious so it isn’t hard! She’s the sort of child who needs a good deal of outside time every day, so we make sure to get out and talk about what we see. We both love collecting seasonal treasures and have created a nature table in her bedroom and on our mantlepiece. We collect seasonal kids story books and I rotate them each season. We have also created seasonal celebrations – each solstice is celebrated. Warm apple juice in the woods in winter, breakfast on the beach in summer, blackberry picking in late summer etc.
WHAT DOES SHE THINK ABOUT IT?
She doesn’t really know any different as we have always celebrated these little things with her. For example, the first fire of the year is cause for a celebration in our house!
DO YOU THINK SEASONAL LIVING HELPS TO CREATE A MORE MAGICAL, CAREFREE CHILDHOOD FOR HER?
Absolutely. She totally thrives outside, and we can tell if she hasn’t had enough time to run off her energy! When she plays outside or in the woods or beach, it helps to fire her imagination too.
NOW THAT IT’S NEARING THE END OF SUMMER, WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES WILL YOU BE DOING TOGETHER AS A FAMILY?
We will be embracing the end of summer with gusto with as many beach suppers, sea swims and picnics as we can squeeze in!
AND WHAT WILL YOU BE COOKING TOGETHER?
We are still eating lots of ice lollies and ice creams, as well as lots of seasonal salads.
DOES FRANKIE-ROSE ATTEND A SCHOOL THAT TEACHES THE VALUE OF SEASONAL LIVING?
Frankie-Rose attends a Steiner Kindergarten which follows the European model (age 3-6 is spent in Kindy, with no formal learning until age 7) and it is utterly wonderful! It fits our family ethos perfectly as it is thoroughly grounded in each season, with a lot of the day’s activities and routines based on what is happening outside. There are rhythms and routines to each day; creativity and outside play are encouraged, and we love that there is no formal reading and writing until age 7. The kids spend a lot of time playing in the garden and woods, and Frankie-Rose has thrived under their care. Their seasonal fetes and bazaars are also something to behold; homemade gifts and wonderful gentle kids activities with so much love from teachers and parents in the decor and planning of the event. We are smitten with it!
HOW DOES SEASONAL LIVING IMPACT WHAT YOU WEAR?
We try to buy as much as possible from ethical sources. We are also careful when purchasing and try to spend a little more on better quality items. Buying things made by children in sweatshops doesn’t exactly chime with our seasonal living talk!
AND FINALLY, WHY DO YOU THINK IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT THE NEXT GENERATION LEARNS ABOUT SEASONAL LIVING?
I worry what the impact will be on the next generation spending less and less time outside. If they don’t appreciate or understand the trees and plants and flowers; who will be able to look after them in the coming years? Being outside is relaxing and grounding and so so good for us! I hope I can help and inspire people to get outside on my blog.
With thanks to Hannah Bullivant X