Thursday, May 28, 2009
Yes, I understand that rhubarb is technically not a fruit - more like a stalk. But we use it like fruit, and it is wonderful to have fresh "fruit" around to make desserts with. We are so blessed to have an across-the-road neighbour who has a large rhubarb patch, and he is very generous with it. In fact, he encourages us to take as much as we can, because that in turn encourages the rhubarb to send up even more shoots! On Saturday, Pip and I made our way over the road, starting our journey to (Sunday's) pie!
My fellow rhubarb harvester:
Part way through the process:
The finished, beautiful, glorious pie! It tasted wonderful!
The rhubarb is at its prime now - tender, very pink and almost sweet, well, almost! A good excuse to dust the top crust liberally with sugar!!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
So here are the children where soon (we hope!!) there will be a bounty of tomatoes, zuchinni (ok, not such a bounty of this one please!), lettuce, corn, beans and other good things!! Very exciting!!
We seem to be finally out of the frost warning at night weather, so today we started planting out the tomatoes and peppers we have raised from seed. As with every year, the children were remarking how much work it is to put in a garden. I didn't remind them of the weeding!! But hopefully it will all be worth it as we savour our produce later in the season!
Friday, May 15, 2009
seeing a couple of interesting birds: the Indigo Bunting and the Eastern Bluebird,(The photo at the top of this post is Tim looking at the Eastern Bluebird.) learning some new plants (for me! greater and lesser celandine), and examining all sorts of things up close:
Emmi also enjoyed having a good friend along with us!
It is so neat to see the woodland transforming into spring! We hope to be back in the same place some time this summer to see how it has changed!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
and the children could sit in it! (Here's Ben while Pip and Tim and a friend look on!) They could use the basic controls to move some of the flaps, and the engine in back was on turning the propellor (slowly!).
The children also were able to fly paper airplanes, and examine all sorts of historical information on a huge display board. Here's what Tim thought of the afternoon: