We took a fantastic beach hike, today, with our lovely friend Melanie. In addition to seeing the cliffs from below (so cool!) we had no shortage of interesting sights and topics of conversation.
Things we saw or discussed:
A beautiful harbor seal, up on the beach
Several deceased birds
Balanced stone sculptures
Red and orange and white clay cliffs
Erosion, and its causes and effects
Birds nesting in little bird caves in the cliff face
An old shriveled up skate carcass
Peter took a bunch of photos. You can find them here!
Despite Catherine’s face in this photo, we were all very happy to be on the ferry tonight. There’s nothing like the first trip to the Island for the year!
We recently rearranged furniture and swapped our living room with our dining room. Once everything was in its new home I felt a nagging to clear the fireplace mantle and freshen it up a little.
I am loving the simple, sweet colors and the reminders of friends and family.
Artwork is by the following (l to r): Apple and Pear by our own Catherine, Family Portrait by our sweet friend Allison Lyttle, and Live Simply Katie Daisy. The Lilacs were procured and arranged by Catherine. The teacup was my Grammy Q’s and was made into a candle and gifted to me by my very wonderful, teenage boy cousins after her death. <3
Dancing her way back to the car after dance class.
We went exploring this afternoon and climbed a fire tower. For the girls, it was just the right combination of awesome and terrifying. They loved it! We had binoculars to check out the bay and the distant views of Portsmouth.
Esme brought up an interesting observation- the hill below us looked very steep from the ground, but it looked like a flat field from above. It was a perfect lead in to a discussion on perspective.
No matter how often it happens, I am always thrilled at how many new and distinct topics come up during our days and activities. Especially the ones that I never see coming. It is always such a good reminder to try to be in the moment and to be open to whatever may come our way (or come to mind!).
As Catherine would say later, “That minion got what he deserved. You know, for not sharing his candy nicely!”
Our littlest reader passing the time while her Mama peruses the rest of the books.
Fantastic morning at the Saugus Iron Works today. It was great to see our big group of homeschoolers follow and engage with the park rangers, asking questions and making connections. With water wheels, a blacksmith shop and a 500 pound hammer, we couldn’t have asked for a better field trip.
Continuing the theme of new experiences, Catherine took her first art class today. Like many before her at the studio, her first project was a painting of an apple and pear.
She came out of the studio after class with a huge smile and an apparent sense of satisfaction and pride. I can’t wait to see how she expresses herself with paint as she continues!