1st of 2015 – Woodpecker sighting

Lots of firsts going on around here as spring peeks out.  Here’s a little video from today of a woodpecker I spotted in a tree.  I also saw my first bee buzzing around a couple of days ago.

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Community Garden Volunteering

 

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This past week, I heard a great program on a local radio station.  The host was interviewing a local council member, who started a  community garden in our area.  They were asking people to volunteer to assist with the maintenance of the community plots.

Now, I am not a gardener, but I have a dream to be a gardener – one day.  Well, realizing that there is no time like the present, I decided to make that dream a reality.  I somehow convinced my husband to get up at 7:30 on a Saturday morning, and, with me and the kids, drive to the local garden and lend a hand.  What a great man I am married to!

We got the kids excited it about it the night before by taking them to our local home and garden store and buying everyone garden gloves.  They loved it!

When we arrived Saturday morning, we found volunteers busy all over the garden.  They were working on weeding, composting, turning dirt and more.  After introducing ourselves, we were led to some beds, handed a couple of garden tools and set to work digging up weeds.  What a great job for kids.  Tearing things up!  And playing in dirt!

We have looked for volunteer opportunities that we could include our two young children in and this was ideal.  The day we volunteered was crisp and clear.  The smell of the dirt was fresh.

The best part was that we were able to volunteer on the “community beds”. Now, if you already know about community gardens, tune out now.  For those of you that don’t, here’s what we learned about our local garden.  There are plots you can lease and you can plant whatever you want in them.  Then, there are plots that are for the community.  If you are leasing a plot, part of your lease is to assist with maintaining the community plots, too.  If you don’t have your own leased plot, you can volunteer to help with the community plots.  The food grown in these beds is harvested and given to local community organizations.  How great is that!

So, if your family is busy like ours and not ready to take on the ongoing responsibility of your own plot, you can help out with the community plots.  Love it!

Do you have a local, community garden?  Have you gotten involved?

God Bless You on your walk!

Nature Study – February 2015

We have had some beautiful days, lately, and the kids and I have been enjoying them.  Our latest Nature Walk/Adventure turned into two hours of playing on the beach by the bay.  We discovered some tracks.

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And, we did a little fishing.  We didn’t catch anything, but some beautiful sunshine.

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We discovered a hermit crab and caught a teeny, tiny ghost shrimp in our net.  We checked him out and returned him to the water.  It was a wonderful day!

Have you been on a nature walk/adventure lately?  Did you discover anything fun?

May God Bless You on your walk!

 

1st of the year 2015- First Daffodil

After reading about Charlotte Mason’s ‘Calendar of Firsts’ in Laurie Bestvater’s book “The Living Page” I was encouraged to start keeping my own little online journal of “Firsts” throughout the year.

Quoting from Bestvater’s book pages 26 & 27:

“Also associated with the Nature Notebook is what Mason refers to as “a Calendar of Firsts.”

It is a capital plan for children to keep a calendar – the first oak leaf, the first tadpole, the first cowslip, the first catkin, the first ripe blackberries, where seen and when.  The next year they will know when and where to look out for their favorites, and will, every year, be in a condition to add new observations.  Think of the zest and interest, the object, which such a practice will give to daily walks and little excursions.  There is hardly a day when some friend may not be expected to hold a first “At Home.” “

What a great idea!   So, in the spirit of the Calendar of Firsts, I present my first 1st of the year 2015 – First Daffodil.

As seen on in Okaloosa County, Florida on January 31, 2015:

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Do you have a Calendar of Firsts?  What was your first for this year?

May God Bless You on your walk!

The view from my grandmother’s window

grandmas window viewMy cousin recently sent me this picture.  It is the view from my grandmother’s kitchen window.

My grandmother loved to sit at her kitchen table and look out this window.  In the morning, as she sipped her instant coffee, she would watch the birds as they grabbed a snack from the bird feeder or splashed around in the bird bath. She would watch the cars drive by on the busy road in front of her house.  And she would gaze at the flowers in the beds that wound around her home.

She enjoyed this view for over forty years, and I can still picture her sitting at her kitchen table looking out this window.  I miss her so much!

I think now about how well she knew the landscape around her.  She would lead me around the yard and, whenever I would question her on the name of a plant, she always knew their names.

Now, as I home school my children in the Charlotte Mason method and we begin to observe nature, I think about how much more I have to learn about the landscape around me, so that I can answer their questions about the various plants and flowers in our own yard.

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