August 30, 2010

Mushroom Study

We meandered outside to do nature study this morning, intending to identify a tree on our property, but we were sidetracked by a mushroom. We took the opportunity to sketch or paint it in our nature notebooks, and then followed directions we found online to identify it. It will be harder than we though! We have set it out to get a "spore print" which should help us narrow it down further.

August 20, 2010

Visiting the Opossum's Bottom Homestead

We visited a family homestead on a coop field trip. The kids enjoyed seeing all the animals.

Look at that pig!

The farm primarily produces goats milk/cheese. Here's the babies.

They also have some Jacob sheep, a primitive, spotted wool-bearing breed that can grow up to 6 horns!

Not surprising, Mitchell found the horses. They followed him around.

August 6, 2010

Blueberry Picking and Playing With Friends

We went Blueberry Picking again last week. This was our 3rd year in a row. We've determined that 7 gallons is the right number for us. (At $5/gallon that's do-able, if not a lot of work!) After laying them out to dry we made a few blueberry treats (muffins and cobblers,) and then froze several gallons (for Mitchell to snack on and the rest of us to use in our smoothies.) After picking the blueberries we went to a nearby creek to have a picnic and play with our friends.

We came across a nest of baby birds while we were picking.