Our feet are noiseless on a trail of packed dust that winds along a tree-covered ridge. We are in Niagara wine country, and the chatter of our three little girls is punctuated by the sounds of bird bangers in the valley below—propane-fired cannons used to ward off hungry avians. Overhead, the constant whirr of sight-seeing … Continue reading This Week in the Woods: Late Summer Wanderings and Back-to-School Ponderings
When we left, the morning quiet enfolded the city like a mantle despite the lateness of the hour. After stopping briefly to watch a ship make its way through Burlington Canal. we drove until we were out of the city, then through another, and then another. When we were finally free of the lingering smog, … Continue reading This Week in the Woods: Weekend Adventures in the Near North
The forest is bursting with colour and life. My mother has taken the children for the afternoon and I have several, glorious hours to roam the woods, iced coffee in hand and camera dangling from a strap around my neck. I don’t always realise when I’m peopled out, but as I meander down the empty … Continue reading This Week in the Woods: The Importance of Alone Time
(A Friday feature that chronicles our nature study adventures.) We kicked off this week by heading over to one of our favourite trails, one that winds through the wetlands. It was late afternoon and the marsh quivered with life. The sun was bright and the air was warm. A tall, white egret fished in the … Continue reading This Week in the Woods (and why I’m sort of quitting science class)
A Friday feature that chronicles our nature study adventures. The setting sun filters through tall trees. Only patches of its light reach the forest floor. My friend and I are softly walking through the forest, scanning the canopy, searching but seeing nothing. A great horned owl lives here. I saw it last week. But this … Continue reading This Week in the Woods: The Search for the Great Horned Owl
I just want to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope you have a lovely week celebrating the birth of Jesus with family and friends. I’ll be taking a break from blogging until January, so Happy New Year as well. Enjoy your holidays! ~Mary-Ann This Week on TGFL It’s … Continue reading The Week in Review
She settles into my arms, her eyes closed and her little body radiating heat. I read stories and teach lessons from the couch, holding her. “I want Momma!” she protests each time I need to get up. I hold her as much as I can, in between making meals, doing dishes, cleaning and lessons. She’ll … Continue reading The Week in Review
Yesterday, we got a Christmas tree. A real one. The first real Christmas tree that our little family has ever had. We went to a tree farm, picked it out in the field and cut it down ourselves. It’s beautiful. And it smells amazing. We also baked a cake yesterday. This wasn’t so beautiful. The springform … Continue reading The Week in Review
Welcome to our weekend feature! It’s all my favourite things in one giant end-of-the-week roundup: books, blog posts, homeschooling, nature and wonderful things from around the web.
I hope you enjoy!
Happy belated Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians! We booked this past week off of work/school/everything else, and it has been a wonderful vacation week. We kicked it off with two big dinners (yum!) and some sweet time spent with family. My husband was able to catch up on some outstanding maintenance around the house; … Continue reading The Week in Review