When I think about fall, I think about harvest. For me fall is a rich season with all the bounty of food and savory flavors found in winter squash, pumpkins and apples. It is still warm and nice and the trees are beautiful with their change of color. It is the perfect weather for hikes and family outings to farms to bring home what this season has to offer. The stores and farmers markets offer a feast of greens and fruits. Why not go and pick some of them with your family this season. When you come home you can conserve some of it for the winter months. Kids are more likely to surprise you in eating something they had a hand in picking.
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By Russell Gienapp
While my daughter and I were out on her longest ski (5 km), I kept reminding myself to keep it fun.
It started when the snow came down and we could hit the trails in Norway. I wanted my kid to go on longer trips, but knew that the hills would be a problem; both the ups and the downs. I came up with a simple harness that I am sure many would find humorous. A few inner tubes from some bicycle tires and I had a stretchy towrope that could help us put some miles on together. I had no idea on how successful it would be.
Nature is everywhere; you just have to embrace it
In our outdoor playgroup in Toronto, we explore urban nature. I was lucky to get to know Christie, and her two kids. Even though Christie lives in very urban Amsterdam, she probably lives more in touch with nature than most because she lives on a houseboat in the city. For me this illustrates how close nature can be wherever we are, even in a big urban environment.
This is the beauty with fresh air living. Nature is everywhere; you just have to embrace it.
By Russell Gienapp
In the world of food items there are few things that are more taken for granted than maple syrup. How do you explain to a young child the concept of taking 40 bottles of the sap of a tree to get the one bottle of syrup sitting on the breakfast table?