This week’s post comes to you from my sick bed. I am really unwell this week with a horrid virus; the usual symptoms of headache, blocked sinuses, earache, etc. Ugh. As you may remember, my dad was very poorly and had to spend Christmas week in hospital, which was so very worrying. Now my poor mother in law is very poorly too, and I think it has just been too much for my immune system.
So unfortunately I had to cancel our usual Monday nature walk to see our local pond in winter, which was this week’s theme from Exploring Nature With Children.
Instead I set Rose about studying the tiny wee ‘pond’ we have in our garden. It is beyond tiny, but hosts the mating ritual of many frogs and toads each spring. By coincidence Rose found this little fella on the lawn on Sunday night
The girls had forgotten to put away our guinea pigs, Nibbler and Prince Albert for the night and Rose remembered them at around six o’clock. As you can imagine, it was pitch black outside and she went running out with a torch. Fortunately, she spotted this little fellow on the grass before he was trampled, and was able to return him to the safety of the pond edge. It is very early for us to be spotting the amphibians of our garden, but the weather has been exceptionally mild (and wet and windy!)
Rose took this photo of our pond the next day, and took some water samples, which she inspected with our microscope that links up to the computer.
Here is her nature journal entry for this week
Elianna decided to use the opportunity to work on a project she is just beginning. She is researching fashion from 1900 to the current time, focusing on a famous person who represents the fashion of each decade. We enjoyed a trip out to the Manchester Gallery of Costume last week, to kick-start the project.
Well, that’s all for now. Do let me know what you are up to!