Monday, August 20, 2012

{into nature}

sorry for the late posting today, we've been up to our elbows in dirt while we finish up some late summer projects!

{into nature} is a weekly Monday post inspiring the exploration of nature. It is a grassroots effort to combat the nature deficit disorder in our current generations. Please join me in this movement back into nature by sharing your own nature inspiration, whether shared through photographs, words, poetry…. leave a link here in the day's comments for all to enjoy.

"For children, nature comes in many forms. A newborn calf; a pet that lives and dies; a worn path through the woods; a fort nested in stinging nettles; a damp, mysterious edge of a vacant lot- whatever shape nature takes, it offers each child an older, larger world… nature does not steal time; it amplifies it.” -Richard Louv

the other day the boys and i were out in our yard when they spotted the grapes on our new vine.  all summer long they have been asking to pick them and so far all summer long i've managed to keep their curious little fingers from picking them (ahem, well one bunch did go missing).  but then out of my own curiosity i let them try one- after all, all the other fruit this year has been early.  much to our delight they were pretty ripe.  after we gobbled up the couple small bunches i decided it was time to go check on the wild grape vines along the state forest road that we frequent.  last year i discovered them a bit too late, but this year i'm on it.  they still have a bit to go, but we don't mind taking a stroll every few days to check on them.  they boys have a blast checking under the leaves and crazy tangle of vines for any hidden gems. 

there are so many different kinds of grapes along our walk!
and pretty wildflowers.... i can't wait for the goldenrod to start blooming, one of my favorites!  until then there was lots of these pretties.
we spotted some animal tracks in the dried mud. 
noah's "i'm so tired i'm going to pass out" look... he was giving me this as he stood unmoving as i called him along to the car.  thankfully we got through the end our walk with only this adorable look and a short carry to the car- oh there's been quite a few hikes a bit too close to nap time that have ended much more frazzled!

i can't wait for the grapes to ripen.  i'm hoping they will hold off until after we return from vacation this way i will have time to make jelly and can some juice. 


Hannah White said...

Your day looks like ours! Queen Anne's Lace, walks picking berries (our grape vines are brand new so no grapes yet)

Hannah White said...

I hope it is OK to add a 2nd one.. just because you showed Queen Anne's Lace I wanted to share this lol..

Melissa said...

If you let them eat a grape early, I promise they won't do it again...and the funny faces would be camera worthy...though that "I'm tired" face is adorable!

Amber said...

You'll have to preserve some of those delicious wild grape leaves too! So glad to hear you're going to get grapes from your vines this year. I got all of 1/3 of one bunch. The kids were out early every morning scouring the vines and gobbling them up.