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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wings in the Forest--Fall Chronicle 2011

How Busy have we been?  Let's see--so busy that I have not had time to update you on our adventures on a weekly bases or even a monthly bases--I am counting on seasonal updates.  If you need a good reason to get out of the house during the cold season feel free to join us.  For more information click here or email Melanie@alifeoflessons.com


Some of the things we have found--                                                        

                Lots of Big Mushrooms 

         tiny toads       

                            Woolly     Bear     Caterpillars              

A less than happy raccoon 

                                   Lost and Cold Honey Bee


Some things we created!
Chalked the world, designed our own villages and made seed bombs! 

Time We Spent with New Friends and Old Friends...

Work we Did...

         Cleaned the leaves out of the pond at
Rockwood Nature Center!
Prepared the new garden for winter

Preparing the Bread

Making Hot Coals
 Baked Bread, not only in the ground but in the cold rain and still managed to overcook it...the grown-ups were super excited that it worked the little ones were surprised that it tasted so good!

Bread Baking
Yummy Bread


A gardener learns more in the mistakes than in the successes. --Barbara Dodge Borland

Lettuce Cover Crop

Jerusalem Artichokes/Sunchokes

Flower from Sunchokes


We celebrated Martinmas with our handmade lanterns and traditional songs.  
Here is the link for the Martinmas story.

Our Trip to Carter Mountain


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Wings in the Forest--A Garden Chronicle for 2011 (entry 14)

Too bad we did not sign up for The Great Sunflower Project,
we have quite the collection of sunflowers and bees. The sunflower project
is a great at home learning opportunity for the entire family. Little ones will find pleasure in planting, watering, and observing, while your older children may take this opportunity to understand classification and data collection.

The Great Sunflower Project website offers plenty of theme based suggestions for those of you looking for continued at home studies.

Explore--see what gardens can teach us!

No, we did not forget about the sunclock!

The weeds have been quite unmanageable and have left us little room to put down the numbers of the clock. We finally removed the weeds this week and rechecked the sundial's alignment--it is still accurate. Then we put down the numbers where we think they should be, it will be interesting to check them weekly and hourly to see if we were right.

Should you visit the garden on your own, feel free to check the sunclock and make adjustments.

Lots of Garden Visitors--destructive, welcome, and
a little creepy!

Not only did we see the sawed off tomato plant, we also saw the four legged beast that has been devouring our tomatoes and the tomato foliage--yes, a deer. Sorry no pic, wasn't quick enough, it showed up from behind the brush and ran off as surprised as we were.

Mindi brought out the chickens, these are the little ones that hatched in Miss. Melanie's bathroom--if you want to hatch some chicks and want to no where to start let me know we have already made all the mistakes for you. As for raising chickens best to talk to Mindi or Heather, they have raised a few and lost a few and have plenty of knowledge to share.

Drum roll please--the winners of the creepy category are...

Okay, most people (myself included) would squish or relocate a black widow spider not our group, they voted to let it be and give it some space--let it do its job of eating insects. So please take care when you are weeding, black widows only bite when squished--so don't squish them.

The discovery of this little lady has sent me on a research study that I did not plan, as a person with limited enthusiasm for spiders I just avoid them and mass pictures of them (i.e. google images).

No, the spider in the picture next to the black widow is not another black widow, and certainly created enough fear in some of the mothers (myself included) to relocate our little people from the edge of the forest. J**** was kind enough to catch it on the end of his large walking stick, picture collecting was hard with several children climbing on my back to get a closer look.

The vote--let it live, but most agreed it looked like a tarantula! No, not in Virginia--stories start flying about insects traveling in fruit crates and seed packs.

What do you think it is? I think it is a trapdoor spider.
We would love to read your comments.

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