Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Chapter 16: Diana is Invited to Tea with Tragic Results
OCTOBER was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in aftermaths.
Anne reveled in the world of color about her.
"Oh, Marilla," she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it? Look at these maple branches. Don't they give you a thrill--several thrills? I'm going to decorate my room with them."
"Messy things," said Marilla, whose aesthetic sense was not noticeably developed. "You clutter up your room entirely too much with out-of-doors stuff, Anne. Bedrooms were made to sleep in."
"Oh, and dream in too, Marilla. And you know one can dream so much better in a room where there are pretty things. I'm going to put these boughs in the old blue jug and set them on my table."
Our Polliwogs group includes some mighty adventurous explorers and naturalists. It's amazing to me -- all of the information and creativity that I observe in this group each week.
From stories of gigantic purple butterflies with wings so wide you can fly on them (have YOU seen them at Huron Natural Area??? Please let me know when you spot one. I'm keen to hop on for a ride too!) to construction companies that are contracting various building projects in the red pine forest, each afternoon has been an interesting, informative, and imaginative adventure.
We spied a lot of creatures and flowers on our walk through the meadow.
Would you take a look at this??!! A praying mantis party!!! This was a very cool discovery. How many can you count here?
The pond is a great place for discovery too: frogs, tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, minnows, and more! We loved seeing painted turtles sunning themselves on logs.
One of our favourite spots is our house in the red pine forest. A lot happens here: finding white fuzzy tussock moths and making protective homes for them, digging in the dirt, major construction, establishing ambulance and fire stations, cooking food over a fire, and imagining what a stick can be (other than a gun). We're working together, trying on and negotiating different roles, and making ourselves at home in the forest.
Our NEWT (Naturalist-Eco-Wild-Team) program is a naturalist group that learns about the plants and animals in our local environment. Each week, we'll explore different areas of Huron Natural Area to see what we can see.
Week 1 of our NEWTs naturalist program had us looking in the meadow.
Supper time for this black and yellow garden spider!
After this, we made our way down to the pond for a quick peek.
We started our nature journals, where we'll keep track of things that we see and hear. This is a list of some of the we saw:
It's amazing what you can see in just an hour and a half. What a great group of observant NEWTs we have!
Hammers, Huge Swings, and the Freedom to Play