Archive for October, 2010

Trip to Sibley Park

Peabody’s class made a trip to Sibley Park in the East Bay hills. They did a bit of role-playing, imagining themselves as refugees from a flooded village. They scouted for food, shelter and water. After a lunch of berries and bugs sandwiches and iced tea, we visited the labyrinth in the bottom of the remains of an ancient volcano. This was our first trip to Sibley and we can’t wait to go back.

Pumpkin Picking at Monterey Market

Every October we pick out our jack-o-lantern pumpkins at Monterey Market. As part of the Halloween tradition, Nettie and Peabody pose for pictures on top of the pumpkin pile. Here is a picture of the from 2008. We’ll be carving tomorrow night.

Spider observation

We’re in the midst of an arachnid invasion. It seems every bush in town is covered with webs. One little spider is living behind our car’s review mirror. Every morning she weaves a new web across the frame. A big European Garden Spider has taken up residence in the doorway between our kitchen and backyard. We’ve given up using the door to watch her spin circular webs and catch little insects. Orb spiders, like the European Garden, are said to eat their webs each night along with the small bugs stuck to it. At least some of us are looking forward to seeing that!

Moving into Fall

Our Fall adventures have begun! Annabel has returned to the pottery wheel, Peabody is navigating a new classroom and Nettie has begun her first year of high school. We celebrated my birthday with Pavlova and the first day of school with Zuckertüte. Our thoughts are turning to Halloween costumes and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. We are getting busy!