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Night Walks

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The days are still quite hot here, mid-eighties and humid.  The mosquitoes have been dreadful this year.  I don't think I've ever seen them so bad.  Part of our daily rhythm for Fall includes a walk or some time outside after supper, but it's just not appealing to stay down here in the valley and get bitten.  The past two evenings, I've loaded up the children and driven to to the top of the nearest mountain to take in the cooler air.  It's been nice to say goodbye to another day up there.  The first night it was quite cool and breezy, almost chilly.  Last night, we were there earlier and it was perfect.

Roan calls them "night walks" and, even thought he didn't like being out in the dark woods the first time, he asked to do it again last night.  Laurel was very excited to be in the woods, too, finding all sorts of flowers and seeds and hunting for insects.  Willow collected seeds and scattered them.  Roan pretended his stick was a scythe for the hay crop.  We've been watching the Victorian Farm lately and it has inspired a lot of their play.  I'm comfortable with that.  Since children imitate everything, everything around them should be worthy of imitation.

I keep checking the forecasts, local and long-range from the farmer's almanac.  I think it must be off by a couple weeks, or I hope so.  Last year, September came in and brought wonderful weather right away.  This year, we actually put an air conditioner back in after having taken it out!  I am so anxious for Fall to really arrive this year, I admit.  Summer has been so long and hot and tiring.  I'm ready to dress warmly again and turn inward for another half a year.


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Sep. 6th, 2015 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re;Victorian Farm
Have you heard of Tales From Green Valley? It is made by the same people as Victorian Farm- which I own and have watched many, many times myself.
Sep. 6th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Re;Victorian Farm
I have! We watched it first and just loved it. I think that one is better than Victorian Farm. :-)
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

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