Blackberries

BlackberriesWe found a wonderful batch of wild blackberries.  We can pick enough for snacking, but most are surrounded by a poison ivy forest. Though there is plenty for blackberry jam, I think we will let the birds enjoy most of the berries.  Even decked out with jeans, long sleeves and high boots, I think the poison ivy still would have an advantage!

Caricatures

FilmstripYesterday, Audrey shared how to raise butterflies at a summer reading program for Goshen Library.  There were many different people sharing activities that are perfect for summer.

Our friend, Mark Daniels, was there drawing caricatures and discussing art.  The “charge” for getting a caricature done was to ask a question about what he does.  Then he would pay them with a two minute drawing.

Family Camp Out

This weekend we participated in Oxbow’s Family Camp Out.  Once a year, Oxbow has an overnighter.  Friday night we set up camp, played games and met the other families.  We enjoyed kettle corn and roasted marshmallows. The kids and I have been to classes to learn how to start fires with flint and steel, and for the first time on Friday, everyone was able to start their own fire!

We learned about owls and their calls and then went on a night hike. We were hoping to find a owl.  Half way through, one of the naturalists got really excited and asked if we had seen the owl.  The whole group looked where he was pointing and after a few minutes of searching and trying to find it, we found the planted stuff owl that was put out earlier.

Everyone made it to bed after midnight and got up early.  We had been told there were fox kits in the park and we went looking for them.  Instead, we ended up caught in a downpour.

We headed down to breakfast, wanting to dry off a little by the fire. Then we had a fish shocking demonstration and saw some neat fish.  Some of the group learned to pan for gold in the river and some learned about reptiles and amphibians.  Audrey noticed a turtle and the kids got to watch a turtle laying her eggs. We learned about identifying birds by their nests and practiced what we learned by looking for nests.  After lunch it was time to head home for much needed naps!

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