Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Our Week in a Nutshell

Sunflower maze at Dakeyne Farm
In a nutshell:

-Yardwork, yardwork, and more yardwork (putting off weeding does come back to haunt you)
-We enjoyed a family bbq with my cousin from Quebec
-We took grandma to a sunflower maze
-Elle had her last summer sleepover, camping in our backyard basement
-We bought silkworms to try to raise them for a silk cocoon (so far, it does not look promising...)
-The girls made amazing terracotta soldiers


Our last week of summer! I have been catching up on a summer's worth of weeding - I do believe I was naive about the amount of care our large yard would require when we bought this house. My mother was offered, in her words, her "dream job", and so we celebrated by packing a picnic, and winding our way through a maze of sunflowers. In the end, the heat got to us, so rather than searching for the clues, we just aimed for the exit! Being surrounded by sunflowers though was fabulous. They are such bright, happy flowers.

We were given a tent by friends, and Elle insisted on camping out in the backyard before the summer's end. Unfortunately, it has been wet over the last few days, so set up the tent in the basement, and the girls played in there all evening, and the following day. I say played, because they ended up sleeping in Elle's bunk bed :)

In our China studies, the girls sculpted terracotta soldiers that we are all so impressed with. I love to watch them creating, and focused. We also picked up a few silkworms from the pet store (they are sold as food for reptiles), hoping to get some silk cocoons. The kids were apprehensive about this - our past endeavors in raising creatures have not been particularly successful (ok, the tadpoles didn't survive to be brought back to the pond, and the praying mantis were fed a small spider - which ended up spinning a web, and, um, eating the praying mantis). We have had them for just a few days now, and one has definitely died... but not to be deterred, we will pick up more when a fresh shipment comes in. 

2 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of the soldiers and the silk worms (if any survive) Had to giggle over the tadpoles not even making it home alive! And the spider? Oh dear!!

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    1. Yes, well, my intentions are good :)All silkworms are officially dead - and I don't understand why! They acted in no way how they are described in all sites and books I read. We got them a few days after arrival at pet store, so my "theory" (I really am not equipped to make theories about insects...) is going without food for so many days addled their instincts. At least that's what I hope and going back for some from their new shipment tomorrow. Crossing my fingers these will survive!

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