We took to the trails again today with a group of homeschoolers at Mooney’s Pond.
Measuring 1.9km in length, this is a perfect trail if you’re looking for a quick little jaunt or if you have wee ones who aren’t up to walking some of the longer trails. The scenery is absolutely stunning … especially at this time of year with all the brightly colored leaves and mushrooms popping up all over.
Judah, Willow, and I had such a merry time that we decided to stop at MacPhail Woods to continue the fun. We had the pleasure of making acquaintance with a Woodland Jumping Mouse there. This was my first time ever encountering this little creature and they are quite hilarious to watch. They bound through the trees little tiny kangaroos and are very difficult to get a good picture of but I did manage to snag one You can click through the pictures above to see the full size versions.
Tonight was such a fun evening! We went to our local library for some family fun and we had the pleasure of PEI Poet Laureate, Hugh MacDonald, reading his new book to us.
“I is for Island: A Prince Edward Island Alphabet” is a wonderful book for both children and adults alike. The book is brimming with information on the culture, history and the beautiful scenes that make PEI special to the people who live here and to the people who visit. The book explores factual information and history for the older readers and sets it to fun poetry for the younger readers (or the older ones too!). Readers can learn about the original people of PEI, the Mi’kmaq, and our first settlers, the Acadians, the birthplace of confederation, and the natural features such as our red soil, our shellfish, and of course potatoes.
Along with being a delight to read, the book is beautifully illustrated. Brenda Jones’ images are captivating and truly show the essence of Prince Edward Island and Island life.
Willow, the lucky duck that she is, won a copy of the book to take home. She was very excited to receive it.
If I’ve piqued your interest, you can pick up a copy through Sleeping Bear Press. It is available in hardcover, PDF, epub, and hosted ebook formats but I would highly recommend the hardcover as it is definitely a book that you want to hold in your hands and leaf through.
Do you have any really great local authors that write about your area? I’d love for you to share!
I’ve been working on a berry farm for the past three weeks and today I finally remembered to bring my camera so I could take a few shots to share. Some of the fields that we are working in are really beautiful and remind me of just how lucky I am to live here in Prince Edward Island. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but I’m meeting lots of really amazing people and enjoy getting to hear all about their travels and adventures. It has been a very interesting month!
When I started blogging, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with it or what direction it would take. Flash forward several years and I feel blessed to be part of a thriving online community of crafty, creative, and down-to-earth people who humble me with their skills and inspire me daily.
I love the connection to others and the friendships that blogging has forged. And one of my dearest fiber friends, Tina of Peacefully Knitting was kind enough to nominate me for the WordPress Family Award. I am honored and blessed to be able to call Tina my friend and she is a constant source of inspiration for me
It has taken me some time to decide who to nominate because there are so many wonderful blogs out there that I really enjoy reading. Here is my list and I want to thank you all for sharing a slice of your life with us all:
- Jen of Yarnings – So many exquisite knitting projects and beautiful photography to boot!
- Emily of R1-K1-Spin – You’ve got to see all of Emily’s amazing handspun. I would love to be let loose in her stash.
- Shelley of Wool and Chocolate – Knitting, spinning, and sewing are some of the delights you’ll find on Shelley’s blog.
- Alice of Crochet With Raymond – Although she doesn’t blog here anymore, Alice’s site is always a spot for inspiration and her crochet patterns are FUN!
- Jo of Just The Nine Of Us – A veteran homeschooler and all round awesome gal. Her down to earth blog has been a great help for me as we are just starting out on our own homeschooling journey.
- Teri of Homestead Honey – A beautifully candid snapshot of what it means to build your own homestead from the ground up.
- Naomi of Ink, Yarn & Beer - Knitting, painting, photography, delicious recipes … this lady does it all!
- Johanna of Little Home in the Big City – I daydream of having a garden as fantastic as Johanna’s.
- Stacey of Weekend Knitter – Charming photography, spindle spinning, and knitting are all part of Stacey’s marvelous blog.
- Deanne of Hooplovers – Deanne’s blog is loaded with tons of hoop-spiration0n!
If you choose to pass on this award, here are the rules:
- Display the award logo on your blog.
- Link back to the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.
- Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them.
- That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as a friend, and spread the love.
This afternoon we were lucky enough to attend Family Fun Farm Day. It was great to get out in the sunshine and spend some time with family, friends, and acquaintances. There was bbq, face painting, horse and pony rides, a petting zoo, a bouncy castle, and sheep shearing demos so there was tons to see and do and all the proceeds went to help fight pediatric cancer. We all had a great time AND guess who came home with a Suffolk fleece? Yuppers! Me! I’m looking forward to skirting, cleaning and carding up some of this lovely local fiber and I have already promised to share pictures
Some friends and I spent a lovely afternoon hiking Beck Trail. The weather was absolutely perfect and the snow has melted to the extent that made the blue trail passable. It was my first time hiking the the blue loop and it certainly was not a disappointment. Signs of spring are everywhere along the trail, from the myriad of rabbit tracks (there were a lot!), sighting the first wild strawberry and mayflower leaves (thank you Susan and John for teaching me all about them), and the woodpecker busy at her work.
The blue loop, like the red, has a ton of character and one of the features is Moonshine Run where you can find the ruins of an old moonshine still. There are also several bridges and some very old and beautiful pine and hemlock trees. I’m already looking forward to my next hike!
Now I’m kicking back with some knitting and watching the snow fall. How did you spend this lovely day?