The kids and I are excited to explore our new home and the huge forest we’re going to live in.
We have hats (ticks) and homemade bug spray (with essential oils) and we’re anxious to get settled and go hiking. I hear there’s a gorgeous lake not too far from our village. We shall find it.
We stopped at one of the makeshift parking spots by the roadside and had a snack and saw some lovely flowers and critters.
I’m thinking this is Queen Anne’s Lace or some wild parsley.
These lavender flowers (probably common speedwell) are by the roadside everywhere. And red-orange poppies. Gorgeous. And the dog roses and clover smell so sweet.
I’ve been trying to identify the birds around here. We have sparrows, crows, blackbirds, starlings, swallows darting all over – and some darling black and white tufted guys (I think it’s a crested tit).
I do loved the blackbirds when they chatter. They sound like an old typewriter.
This one is a type of robin, probably a redstart.
We stood watching this guy on a blade of grass for quite some time.
We are enraptured by the red tufted squirrels. They are the cutest things! I need to snap a photo. They’re not real shy but I haven’t had my camera on our walks around base.
Luckily, the base library has some nifty nature guides to tide us over for a while.
The kids are loving collecting the seedpods from all the trees around here. Sweetgum, maples, beech, oaks…and all the magnificent evergreens.
I can’t wait to print some notebooking pages for our new studies and for all our art supplies and notebooks to arrive this week!