"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Take-home Critters

You would think an environmental scientist would know better than to take wildlife from one pond and transport it to a habitat several towns away (and pond-less, I might add) however, you would be wrong. Apparently it's fine.
So again we welcome new critters such as leopard frogs, newts and crayfish to the farmette. At least the turtle stayed put.

After all that excitement, a nap was in order blanketed by cozy peacock feathers -another found treasure!


jocelyn said...
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jocelyn said...

Who is the environmental scientist? this is very confusing. And where is the pond? I would like to know what the hell are you talking about. k mom?

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