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Passing Along the Love of Nature

November 17th, 2011

Last Wednesday we met my parents and our nieces & nephew down at the family cabin. It was a beautiful November day, perfect for a day out in nature! We had a grand day doing all the fun stuff that I did with my siblings and my cousins as a kid. We hiked around the woods, played in the creek, built forts in the pine forest and had a gun safety lesson. Mr Chiots worked on rebuilding his tree stand as well. Here’s a slideshow of our fun day. Use the arrow buttons on the side of the player, if you click on the small icon in the top left hand corner you can view the slide show in full screen (click the button again to exit full screen mode when you’re finished).

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It’s nice to see that the kids are growing up having the same wonderful experiences that we did as kids. Hopefully they’ll have fond memories as I do of the “Briar Patch” as it’s called in our family!

Do you have a place that you remember fondly from your childhood?

Fall Field Trip to Ramseyer Potato Farm

September 28th, 2010

Last Friday I went on a field trip with my nieces and nephew. They’re home schooled and are involved in a homeschool co-op that schedules field trips for all the kids to go on together. We spent the afternoon at the Ramseyer Potato Farm.

They have all kinds of activities from corn mazes to duck racing. My sister took the two younger kids on the potato farm tour and my dad carried around baby Katie. Unfortunately it was record breaking highs on Friday with temperatures in the high 80’s, it’s a good thing we took plenty of water.

I went on the Ohio Corn Maze with my oldest niece and my mom. It’s a huge corn maze in the shape of Ohio with major landmarks as the maze trails. There were signs with information throughout the maze and the kids had a worksheet to fill out when they found each of the locations.

The farm is also a pumpkin farm, so there were fields and fields of pumpkins. We got to go on a hay ride and pick our own pumpkin from the field. Hannah picked a nice big one.

There were also other fun activities like duck racing and corn crib sandboxes. The kids enjoyed running around and being kids for the afternoon and little miss Katie enjoyed being carried around by grandpa.

When it comes to my family, you can never leave home without ending up at a local ice cream shop (a tradition thoroughly embraced by Mr Chiots).

The kids had a great time, and hopefully they learned something on their visit. They especially enjoyed spending the day with grandpa as he just got home from spending 3 months in South America.

Have you enjoyed any great fall activities recently?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.