Monday, August 1, 2011

Whirlwind of a day(s) when learning in the field transpires...

yesterday -
-went with friend/prayer partner and fellow homeschool mom riding up one of the older Cherokee trails that leads up to Cataloochie...van was having difficulty making the climb, it was getting late and starting to rain, so we turn around.
-stopped roadside to view old barn on side of road
-picked what were thought were Queen Ann's Lace/wild carrots
-showed the kids wild plantain, edible barks, identified goldenrod
-stopped and admired cows, talked to cows, cows' owner came out of building to look at us strangely
-took pictures of various buildings of interest, etc.
-went and looked at geodes and rocks...ate dinner...
-came home and discovered we had picked up hemlock and not wild carrots...immediately showed kids difference the following morning and discussed how if you are in the wild to never eat any roots, bulbs, etc.
-went apple picking, identified elk tracks near apple trees...
 cannot make it turn in the correct direction, but you understand...
kids in front of old barn
marble and glass examination
rocks are fun!!
the adults were fascinated, too...

 
 knocking apples down...












success...got some!!the creek at night...

good friends and fun times!!

looking for more elk tracks before going back up the hill/mountain to the house...

today -
7:30 - up and cooking 'eggs in a basket' for the kids...used to make these for my eldest child, this was the first time I ever did these for the youngest child...needless to say, the baskets were fine, the eggs in the basket got broken on the flip over to the other cooking side.
9:00 - en route to Cherokee Museum with friend and fellow kid and my kid....
9:30 - museum tour under way...found some information about ancestral family members who were native - pretty interesting stuff...practice the tsalagi syllabary, bought  a coffee cup from my clan, bought child blowgun and blow darts.
noonish - eat crackers and on to tourist trap gift shops...
1ish - lunch at DQ - borrowed/got some slips off a tomato plant growing rapidly and that was very healthy. this thing was growing out of the cracks of the concrete of the sidewalk slabs...it has to be hearty...  :)
2ish - more tourist traps and stop at bookstore to talk to cranky lady who was not much help
3ish - home and walking along creek at bottom of mountain - found dead butterfly, took pictures of wild flowers, showed kids how to ID mountain laurel, slipped and fell into creek, took more pictures of wildflowers and butterflies, showed children what we now know is hemlock that now that we recognize it, realize it is EvErYwHeRe near the mountain house.
4ish - friend finds jaw bones of either small elk or deer. one child takes one half of jaw, my child takes other half.
evening - have began to bleach and disinfect elk/deer jaw; have found another butterfly near creek; cooked green beans, crab cakes, corn for dinner; child went on a can hunt for recycling; child took three chapters of vocabulary tests for Frankenstein and three chapter tests...











  Did I mention it is just a bit past 7pm???
     
         I did get the slips potted for root and they are marked for where I found them?  Maybe they will be productive??  Time will tell!! 

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