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A Woodpecker Walk

Our eleventh Rideau Trail walk, the longest yet, covered snowy terrain through woods, along a railway, and into a residential area.  The theme of this walk seemed to be woodpeckers, but we noticed a lot of other interesting things, such as this tree.  We found fairly large skeleton with extra bumps on the spine toward […]

Rideau Trail Walks 9 and 10

Because of rain, we  did not take any pictures of our our ninth Rideau Trail walk.  That is too bad, because it was probably the most scenic section of all our walks, with a little lake, iced over, and a mysterious log cabin covered with pine branches.  Hopefully we’ll go back someday with a camera. Two days […]

Rideau Trail Walk #8

Although we?ve been walking the Rideau Trail, I haven?t been posting about it.  Here are pictures of a long trek we made at the end of November. Although most winter landscapes have drab colors, sumac adds a brilliant splash of red.  The other splash of color came from ugly Keep Out signs for an adjacent […]

Weekly Wrap Up

Sinter Klaas could not make a the usual long visit on December 5, because Miss 17 is still away.  However, he did pop by to fill the shoes with goodies. (And, yes, we are still enjoying squash and pumpkins on a regular basis.)      Even though we had appointments four days this week, the […]

Nature Study

I’ve always wanted my children to do nature study.    They spend a lot of time outside; are familiar with flowers, trees, and weeds; know about different kinds of butterflies and birds; watch clouds and even predict the weather; and notice all sorts of things in woods and streams. But it never seems like real […]

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