Ginkgo trees are some of my favorites for their unusual, fan-shaped leaves, but I especially love them in the fall, when they turn bright yellow. The carpet of leaves outside our library is especially beautiful!
Last Tuesday was one of my favorite days of the year…the day where we take the walking trail all the way around Creve Coeur Lake! Even though this is about the time we usually go, there were far fewer leaves this time, probably due to the winds we had last week. While I missed the foliage on some of my favorite parts of the walk, I appreciated that we had a whole new perspective this time around!
We stopped by Forest Park after church on Sunday to get a last glimpse of the fall color at Pagoda Circle. We weren’t expecting the amount of rain that was falling, but Chickadee was a good sport, and it was pretty in spite of the weather!
We have visited Shaw Nature Reserve before, for their Prairie Days event (I don’t even know if they still host it biennially), but we’ve never really explored the grounds before last week, when Ladybug, Chickadee, and I used our Missouri Botanical Garden membership to take a five mile hike. It is an expansive place, with many beautiful views, especially with the fall foliage on full display!
Now that we’ve seen how beautiful the place is, we’d like to go back in the spring!
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus
We started so many new things this week, it almost felt like a whole new school year!
Ladybug began a study of comparative denominations in religion…we started by reviewing what makes Lutherans different. She started a new chapter in biology…now she’s learning about cellular energy. We also began reading Beowulf.
Chickadee also started a new chapter in science…she’s learning about primeval reptiles. We began one of my favorite literature studies…D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths. We also finished the time of the judges in her overview of the Bible.
We took our annual fall walk around Creve Coeur Lake this week, too. It’s a little later than we usually go, but we waited until a day everyone had off school, so all of the children could come with us!
Up next…Thanksgiving School!