Last week we read the book “Henry the Castaway” by Mark Taylor. In this story, Henry and his dog, Laird Angus McAngus (Angus for short), went off on an exploration to find the uncharted seas. They had quite an adventure along the way, using their imagination and survival skills to complete their journey.
As a fitting conclusion to our week, we went exploring around the yard, in areas that we don’t frequent very often. Our mission – to seek out signs of Spring (and anything else interesting). Our main destination was the penisula out at the back of our property that is surrounded on three sides by a creek, followed by the “meadow” area of the yard, and finally the pond area. Here are some pictures of what we found -
A beautiful Redbud tree in full bloom -
This interesting cocoon was hanging from one of the branches -
Sarah climbed this very old tree to get a better view -
This lovely tree was at the back of the penisula overlooking the creek. I haven’t been able to identify it yet -
The flowers were beautiful and quite fragrant -
We looked down into the creek, which is not very full at the moment, discussing currents and sources -
We made note of the different layers of soil packed together along the opposite bank of the creek -
We peeked into this animal hole – we think that it is probably the home of racoons that have been previously spotted around the creek -
On to the “meadow” – really just a large grassy area in our side yard – wildflowers are beginning to pop up there. We blew a few of these -
We found this green mossy grass growing in one section of the yard – close to a broken sprinkler head that is leaking, causing the damp environment -
We also discovered patches of clover coming out, just in time for St. Patrick’s day -
At the pond, we were intrigued by this dead vine on the side of a tree (you can also see the grass greening up in the background) -
Sarah waded down into the pond to look for frog’s eggs or tadpoles, but didn’t see anything. I didn’t go down due to the presence of mud, which I didn’t want all over my shoes , but we’ll check again in a few weeks.
Up by the house, I found flower buds on the Iris plants, so we should be enjoying their purple beauty before too long -
The last thing that I explored was my rocking chair on the front porch, while the kids played and hunted for rocks to add to their collection (Anna is the driving force behind the rock collecting) -
I took some close-ups of that old kitchen hutch on the front porch that I’ll post soon, since this one is getting way too long!
Have a wonderful day!