(re)capturing the fun & wonder

Category: Nature (page 1 of 15)

Farm days

It’s almost sad how excited I was yesterday when the Early Girl Farm up the road officially opened up for the season. We’d been getting our eggs there all winter long, but there’s an extra buzz there when you see everything in bud and growing.

At the end of last summer Bjørn headed over on his own and asked is he could volunteer there & Patty, the farmer, said yes — he was soooo pleased. The picture above is of Bjørn in the greenhouse transplanting hundreds of tomato plants a couple months ago — he comes home with the biggest smiles whenever he goes there — makes this Mama so happy.

Maggie is the swan piper

hello! swan at the door

Last night after dinner Maggie was practicing her clarinet and Tomas espied a swan (!!!) outside our kitchen door. Apparently, it really liked her sound. It hung around as long as Maggie played, and waddled off when she stopped.

It was pretty nerve wracking, waiting for him (her?) to cross our busy street. Eventually, a neighborhood birder came by & asked if we’d seen the swan, so we pointed her to where it was by the side of the street. She explained to me & the kids that our bay has just one swan couple now, so it was extra important that we save this one. She also informed us that swans could only take off and land from water (who knew?), so I directed her to the nearest inlet (and pools), and watched her shoo the bird in that direction.

I can’t tell you how thrilled the kids were, and how they all chattered excitedly about how their friends and teachers would never believe this without pictures:

swan whisperer

Spring has sprung and it’s muddy

Mud puddles

Yesterday was the perfect early spring day. The kids spent the entire day out of doors, on their bikes, playing hide-and-seek, and naturally… making huge mud puddles. Today we all have sun kissed cheeks and cheerful dispositions to go with them.

So odd to think that just a week ago we were digging out of a big snow storm.

February 28th:

Tor & Bjørn

March 7th:


Every month is bird-feeding month

Bird watching cornerMy friend Candace has a great post up on Naturally Educational about National Bird-feeding Month which is under way right now where she shares a great bunch of activities to do with your kiddos.

In our house, we feed the birds year-round and have a special bird-watching corner in our kitchen that I do my best to keep clear of junk (a never ending effort). It’s one of my favorite spots in our home, especially early in the morning when the rest of the family is still asleep and I have a few minutes with my coffee or tea.

Sometimes, if I’m lucky, I catch the birds watching me :-)

bird watching us

Spring’s on its way!

Spring is coming!

I just got my most awesome new camera strap from Erin over at House on Hill Road, and was inspired to head out to my snow laden garden to snap a few shots of melting snowmen. How happy do you think I was to discover these lovely bulbs popping up? Very! I’m assuming it’ll be crocuses (croci?), but the fun will be in heading out to see how they progress every morning.

I’ve been thumbing through my gardening books and catalogs, making my little plans for our vegetable & flower gardens this spring and summer. I can not wait to start planting! How about you?