The long way

We decided to walk to town to do our errands instead of taking the bus. It is a long walk, but the trip along the way is usually an interesting one.

arriving birds

There is a sign placed here in the park that tells us about the ducks and why it is best to not feed them bread.

duck sign

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Visiting his feathered friends makes Kid so happy.

When we got home, we looked up information about the geese and ducks and found out that it is best not to feed them, which makes sense.  Though it is a lot of fun to give them oats, it is also fun to just sit and watch them.

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 Further down the road, we encountered  a dandelion that was so huge! The seeds flew for a very long time and were lifted into the wind very easily.

big dandelion

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 We decided to walk through a garden centre and their Gerberas were wilting, and their soil felt totally dried out.

drooping gerberas

My eldest son ‘Boy’ knows how much I love Gerbera daisies so he found a hose, hooked it up, and dragged it over to water them. He is such a kind-hearted young man.

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.. He helped out a few other plants too.

helping the flowers

It’s no surprise that someone thought he worked there. Boy was able to help the man anyway. This store could use someone like him working there. 🙂

helping the customer

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Kid discovered that Sumac trees have a flower that bees LOVE. It was fun to watch them up close.

sumac flower

bee on sumac

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Kid’s Book Review: “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making” by Catherynne M. Valente

the girl who circumnavigated fairyland

This is book one of a series of three. In this story, a twelve year old named September gets transported to Fairyland quite suddenly. There, she learns that the Marquess (the Queen) is doing really bad things such as chaining all wings in Fairyland so that no one can have flight.  September meets two friends who help her forward on her quest to save Fairyland from the Marquess.

This book never felt boring, and consistently kept my interest. It was a very fun book. I liked how it really conveyed different perspectives from different people.

Rating: 9/10

Homeschooling lesson for me: Gardening is easy and shockingly abundant.

The boys took an interest in gardening last summer and I forgot I had these pictures until now.

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They grew potatoes, spinach, lettuce, calendula, carrots, pumpkins, watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, hot peppers, and popping corn.

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Combined with some afternoon fishing, our food bill became almost obsolete. The boys then took an interest in cooking gourmet meals and ate their dinners slowly, savouring every bite.

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It felt so good to know exactly where our food came from, and that it was truly organic. The taste was the best I have ever had. Was it the quality or the intention put into it? In the past, I was too intimidated to grow a garden myself, but when I saw how the boys harvested such a beautiful bounty, so easily, I will never go without a garden again. It was fun, educational, and paid back their efforts in a priceless way. We had so much food that we were giving it away in baskets. We canned over 50 big jars of tomato sauce, collected more than 300 lbs of potatoes.. not to mention drying, freezing and processing all of the other abundant vegetables that we are still eating now in the middle of winter.

orange beet