Stories and thoughts from day to day life in the Bullard Family

What a Wonderful Summer It Was September 10, 2011

Filed under: Activities — parentsong @ 11:19 pm
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Now that my preschool planning is coming together a bit (though I’m not completely ready), I thought I’d take a minute to reflect on this past summer. It was quite nice since it was not blistering hot for three months straight. August was cool and wet (photos of the flood coming soon). I don’t think we used our A/C at all! I bet PECO won’t give us a break, though… Anyway, here are a few photos to capture our laid-back summer:

Many walks in the wildflower preserve

Shady spots for sitting and playing together

Warm rainy days filled much of August

Endless playground play

Of course, feeding ducks from an old lock on the canal

Warmimg up to the water

Daddy pushes G in his shaded floatie.

I think I should note that Gabriel is SUCH a water baby! He is so relaxed in the water and would splash and play until he crashed. He loved relaxing in this little float, too. We joked that he was like that guy in the pool in the Orbitz commercial. Just chillin’.

B calls this "digging up the road" as she works hard in the sand

G explores grass- a favorite of his

That’s it for now!

Happy Sunday!



Farm Days! July 24, 2011

Filed under: Activities — parentsong @ 9:48 am
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We are fortunate to have a really fantastic “living history” farm near us. It is preserved by the county and therefore free to go and visit! They keep sheep, work horses, a cow, chickens, two massive oxen, pigs, and a happy family of geese. The educational component of the farm is amazing. I have learned so much about 19th century farming! They continue to run the farm using simple machines, animal, and human hands. Here are a few snapshots from our trips there.

Briony watches the sheep graze

Briony and Daddy help find fresh eggs

I learned that chickens lay eggs whether a rooster is around or not. If the rooster is not there, the eggs aren’t fertile. I never knew it! This farm keeps one or two roosters. They use the eggs to bake on the weekends.

Children fill water buckets from the well

Pumping water from a well is hard work for little hands! After all the children filled their buckets, they took it around the barn to the big work horse who was resting. She enjoyed the fresh water.

Cooling off with a nice mud bath

I think these are Greylag geese, but I cannot remember. They are pretty birds.

Wool hanging in the barn

This is the first time I’ve seen wool hanging like this. I suppose it keeps it off the floor.

Briony with her friend, Aly, watching the rooster. Briony also calls roosters cockerels, which is the English term.