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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Monday, September 9, 2013

Our Weekend In a Nutshell

The girls started back at school last week, amidst much groaning about early mornings. They prepared for back to school by using gift cards they received (a couple of years ago!) for a spa and got manicures the night before. 

We also stopped by a Cantonese bakery and picked up some egg custard tarts. I used these as the perfect excuse to try out a "Poetry Tea" inspired by Lucinda at Navigating by Joy, with a Chinese twist. Chinese tea, Cantonese tarts, pipa music and poetry by Li Po. Pea, who loves poetry, especially enjoyed this, and wanted to read a fair few poems. And with enough rock sugar, they enjoyed the tea :)

While Pea spent the day with her paternal grand parents, Hubby, Elle and I spent the day at a fantastic u-pick. With chickens greeting you at your arrival, a young cow and goat freely wandering around the orchards, and a pond with fish that jump out of the water, it was much more than a u-pick. Picking apples and pears is an annual tradition, and this weekend we also gathered peaches, apricots, plums, and Elle picked corn for the first time. Now I just have to figure out what I'm going to do with all the produce!


  1. Love it! A Chinese poetry tea! This opens up many possibilities in our history studies.....medieval poetry tea, renaissance poetry tea..., Edwardian poetry tea....the historical combinations are many!!

    1. Historical poetry teas sound great! Throw in a bit of dressup and you are all set :) (I'm envisioning billowing renaissance gowns...)


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