Saturday, October 18, 2014

Simplicity Saturday ~ Autumn Rose

The rose bush in our garden is giving us one more beautiful yellow rose. Another bud is almost open too, I hope it will be able to bloom before the cold really arrives...


Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Link ♥

It's Friday! Time to share some of the favourite sites, videos, and other internet world finds we came across and loved this week with you.

♥ Last week, I attended the "Make Your Fantasy Homeschool a Reality" webinar hosted by Julie Bogart from Brave Writer. It was inspiring and I think other homeschool parents should watch it! I took two pages of notes while listening and will watch it again now that is on Vimeo! I am so glad the video also includes the questions & answers part at the end. 

Make Your Fantasy Homeschool a Reality from Julie Bogart on Vimeo.

♥ With all the Ebola talks, my teens and I were interested in finding out exactly what Ebola is so we went to Khan Academy for answers:

Understanding the Ebola virus outbreak: Dr. Rishi Desai is a pediatric infectious disease physician and former epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

♥ A local homeschool mom mentioned the Crash Course YouTube channel. Celeste and I checked it out and we have been watching the World History series of videos this week. We both love them. They also have videos on literature, science and psychology.

Here is one on Ancient Egypt: 

♥ Halloween is coming soon and there are a few fun science experiments to make with candy popping up on the internet! We are planning on making the Frankenworms and the Dissolving Candy Pumpkins experiments. 

♥ "This Book Was a Tree" is a lovely book I found sitting on the new books library shelf. It is filled with nature activities ideas and reminders to slow down. I haven't read it completely yet, but already love it. Check out Marcie Chambers Cuff website for more info. 

♥ Excited to know that the Documented Life Project will continue in 2015! If you want to join, it's FREE. Check it out at the Art to the 5th.

That's all for today, have a great Friday! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Red Fox at Blockhouse Lighthouse

After leaving Fort Amherst (see post here), we took a red dirt road to see the Blockhouse Lighthouse and try to find one more geocache. 

As soon as we pulled up near the lighthouse, my husband noticed the fox in the grass. We all slowly got out of the car and tried to see him better. The fox (I say him but really don't know if it was male or female!) was not afraid of us and was very calm. I took many photos. He didn't seem to mind the click click of the shutter...

We noticed after getting over the excitement of the interaction how his coat was changing for the winter. You can see the white coming through his coat halfway through his body on the following photo.

He came very close to us. The next photo is a bit blurry but shows how close he was to me. I didn't zoom in at all.  

Foxes are a common sight on Prince Edward Island, even in Charlottetown, still this was a beautiful encounter. 

We tried to find the geocache but couldn't find it near the Blockhouse Lighthouse. According to the government of PEI: 

"Established in 1851, located on the west side of the entrance to Charlottetown Harbour, this lighthouse is a centure old and basically as it was when built. It is the second oldest lighthouse on the shores of Prince Edward Island"

Celeste wished she could go inside this lighthouse but it is not open to visitors. 

Autumn Family Hike & Geocaching

On Thanksgiving Monday, our family visited Port La Joye-Fort Amherst National Historic Site to do a little geocaching together. We visited her two years ago, I wrote about it here

This time, the weather was perfect and we found 14 caches. There were a few we couldn't find, but that happens and it is ok, we can come back again if we want! 

My oldest daughter is usually the one navigating us since she is the most comfortable with using the GPS. She was teaching her dad how to use it and he took over for one of the caches. I love when my kids are the ones teaching us! 

It is not often, lately, that we are ALL out doing something together. I am glad I insisted on everyone to come along. Sometimes, someone has to be the organizer and the "pusher"! Teenagers often don't want to tag along on "family outings" but once there, my teens enjoyed themselves. 

Logging our information on the cache log

Geocaching seems to be an activity that includes everyone in our family. 

We have gone on so many nature hikes over the years that my teens don't often get enthusiastic if I ask them to come along, but if I ask to go geocaching, it is better received. They packed their own snacks and drinks too, one advantage of having older kids!

I wrote about geocaching before here and here. It's like a treasure hunt. We always have a lot of fun trying to find all the locations. 

This time, we went "off-trail" quite a bit! It was exciting at times, especially when we found ourselves trying to pass through a thick patch of evergreens! Mostly, we walked through fields...

Running free!
While looking for the caches, we enjoyed the beautiful views of Charlottetown from this spot, the sailboats floating by, the colourful flowers and mushrooms, and caterpillars! 

Charlottetown in the distance 

Walking along the shore
A quiet moment for Celeste

We spent about four hours geocaching that afternoon. It was perfect!

Prince Edward Island is beautiful in the fall, and if you are interested there are many caches to find. Check the Geocaching site for the map (under the play menu). 

Beautiful autumn colours!