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April Vacation So Far

This week is school vacation for all of us! We are definitely enjoying it to the fullest. Anna will turn one on Friday and her family party is Saturday so I’m focused on getting the house in shape and getting ready for the party with decor and some treats. I made this pretty letter A as part of the party decorations! We’ll move it to her room afterwards. We also planted blueberries and raspberries, went fishing, took some nice walks, made pretzels for the first time, and made chocolate covered marshmallows and pretzel rods. And the big news- Anna took her first steps!!!

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Maritime Aquarium

Sunday Stroll

My graduate class on Long Island Sound took a field trip to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk yesterday.  The aquarium has educational displays of animals, scientific research, historic boats and fishing industries, and a large area devoted to the Sound.  


A sea turle swims by


The shark tank


A horseshoe crab


A sea star


Little striped bass


Ariel the Harbor Seal


The Norwalk River runs by the aquarium.  There are picnic tables along the river so visitors can enjoy the view.

To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.


Filed under Outside, Sustainable Living

Independence Day

On this 4th of July, my parents and brothers are in Vermont, and Ed’s parents and sister are in Maine, so we were on our own.  We decided to go fishing this afternoon with Chris and Melissa.

My first catch, a blackfish! We used clams and hermit crabs as bait.  Although I caught blackfish and porgies, none of my fish were big enough to keep.

Ed shows off his blackfish.

Chris catches a big blackfish.

Melissa’s catch.  She caught blackfish, porgies, and bluefish.

Ed catches a sea bass.  We caught our limit of blackfish and were heading home when Chris spotted the birds that showed him where the sea bass were.

Faulkner’s Island off the coast of Guilford.  We saw a seal close to here, resting on a rock but I couldn’t get a good picture of it.

Me and Ed.

Chris and Melissa.

The dredge boat, named after Melissa.

Our catch.  We caught 8 blackfish, 1 porgie, 2 bluefish and 2 sea bass.  We got back too late to clean and cook them tonight, but tomorrow we’ll be having fried fish! Talk about local food! Oh, and my big toe made this picture at the bottom…


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