Harvest Mom, dog trainer, shepherdess, spinner, naturalist, teacher, wife, friend, daughter, sister, rabid football fan, musician (barely), artist in my own mind, writer wannabe, chocoholic. Easily distracted by bright shiny objects.
The Map Man
Bridge Engineer, map follower, accidental farmer, master go-with-the-flow-er, juggler of oranges and life, world's best father. My partner (for 24 years), my best friend (for 29 years), my heart (for eternity), my balance, my obsession. The reason I am where and who I want to be.
Twelve, enthusiastic, creative, hilarious, musical, dramatic, driven, future professional dancer (and whatever else he puts his mind to). Has a zest for life and all it's many nooks and crannies.
Nine (and a half!), karate kid, sensitive, imaginative, inquisitive, affectionate, observant, thoughtful, a free spirit with an old soul. Talks to animals and trees, listens to the wind and the stars.
10 months, bubbly, silly, musically inclined, cat (and penguin!) obsessed, baby on the go
We attended Old Sturbridge Village's Homeschool Day on May 2. While J was in a woodworking workshop, Zoo Boy, Rosebud and I explored the village. Above he chats with a shoemaker (and found out that calling a shoemaker a "cobbler" was a great insult -- cobbler described someone who did shoddy workmanship, a shoemaker was an artisan).
He spent quite a bit of time watching the blacksmiths work (above). He later told me how cool it was ,and spent the rest of the day filling me in on blacksmithing facts. (Rosebud was bundled for the cold outdoors, so other than stepping in to take this quick picture, we stayed outside.)
Pumping water on the village green (above)
I was able to take a peek through the window of the woodworking shop to get this photo of J working on his project (above). He made a garden compass (which he is holding below). That will come in handy as we lay out our garden this spring.
Both boys participated in a farming workshop (above) where they made trellises and planted bean plants (growing two weeks later, below).