Warm winter light and time to play at the playground. We have been pottering through this winter, a little homeschool in the mornings, lazy afternoons. We use a reading programme and I do a little maths and spelling with her (on a small and informal scale) but most of the rest is just letting the kid follow her heart and her interests. Currently that means spending a lot of time on her monkey bars, playing with her dolls and play dates with friends. She has a writing (and read aloud) group fortnightly which includes a extended playtime afterwards for all the children.
Lazy play where the kids run barefoot or gumbooted round gardens, bounce on trampolines. Carry the muddled heads of snowmen about or chalk up a concrete patio. It is interesting watching kids who are broadly unscheduled; play. There is a relaxation, a lack of urgency to what they do. Its a delight and a lesson.
She loves to bike and hike so we often find ourselves peddling to playgrounds or the woods. Or a afternoon in the hills if the weather is nice. She voraciously follows her own extra curricular interests, dancing and gymnastics four days a week at the moment. Rather more than I had hoped for but she was quite determined not to drop anything before the end of the year. The promise of a looming stage performance just to great.
We were expecting a huge snow storm. They fortold feet of it, days long snow fall.
Nothing happened. Well, there were some flurries, a bit settled at higher altitude. But at our house. Nada.
So we dressed warm and tried to find some elsewhere (fail) but it was fun in the playground.
Still wearing her Big Little Wild Things Hooded Scarf from last year. This one is such a hit!
A delightful walk through the beech woods and up into the hills. A perfect way to spend a Sunday. Fresh air and hot chocolate. Snow ball fights and marvelling at nature. After a stressful couple of weeks where we have all felt short tempered and buffeted by life, it was just what we needed to recharge and reconnect.
A hike we want to get back out and do again in the no to distant future. We ended up turning around when we got to a particularly wet spot where discretion was the better part of valour and we put dry feet above distance.
Alaska part two. These are some of the views and places that we will always remember and want to see and visit again.
The Marjorie Glacier. Sorry for the picture overload. It was amazing. Huge. It was almost impossible to photograph it with a sense of scale. There were sea lions lounging on icebergs at the base and they looked like little dots. Actually the entirety of Glacier Bay Nation Park was wonderful.
The train ride in Skagway was so interesting. It follows the old gold trial route and rises up above the snow line. Twisting and winding along the narrow track, clinging to the mountainside. Through unlit tunnels and beside old rickety bridges.
Flying out above the archipelago at Ketchikan and landing in the fjords. Flying beside the soaring cliffs and hill top lakes. Finding timber wolf tracks on the beach and marvelling at the tidal range.
Canopy walks in BC and hiking through the forest. Water park play and the city at sunset, eating sushi watching the cruise ships get ready to depart. There were many things we didn’t photograph, particularly towards the end of the trip. Much of Vancouver which we loved, but just wanted to savour ourselves not through a lens. Gelato, sparkly shoes. Green parks and the train rides.
That view – on top of the ship, found by going through the door to nowhere.
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