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One Year Pond Study Week 31: Finding Autumn

Here is our pond this week: This week was all about the signs of Autumn.  I love Autumn more than any other month of the year.  I love the warm colours associated with it; I love our wood burning stove lighting up our 200-year-old living room each night whilst Gary and I are snuggled up watching NCIS…

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One Year Pond Study Week 30: Celebrations at the Pond

Here is our pond this week: Although we have crept into the autumn months, there remains a dusty summer murkiness to the pond.  I think in order for the pond to return to its former glory we need rain and lots of it.  However, when the first day of home school celebrations were discussed the pond was…

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One Year Pond Study: Catching up Week 28

Our pond a couple of weeks ago: I know, I don't mean to confuse you all.  We did a pond study, at the same time as treating everyone to hot chocolates for A5's birthday, just before we went away on holiday.  I had planned to write this pond study up whilst I was at my…

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One Year Pond Study-Week 28: Comparison Study Lough Fey

Welcome to week 28 of our one year pond study.  Here is our pond this week: But wait, I hear you cry!  That is not your pond!  Yes, you are quite right.  I've not been near enough my pond of late to actually carry out a pond study there, so I thought we would do…

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One Year Pond Study Week 27: Mid-way Reflections

Here is our pond this week: This week we are just past the six month mark of a year long pond study, and I can't actually believe I made it this far.  It seems incredible that for the past 26 or so weeks we have faithfully visited our little pond.  I am proud of us…

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One Year Pond Study Week 26: Our Summer Night Time Pond Visit

Here was our pond this week: Last time we did a night-time pond visit was over the Spring on the 26th May.  We went between 8 -9 pm, and whilst it is obvious it was evening time it was still very light.  This week we went, again between 8-9 pm (nearer to 9pm) and it was pitch…

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One Year Pond Study Week 25: Atmospheric changes at the pond

Here is our pond this week: Each week we visit the pond there are almost imperceptible alterations to the atmosphere.  This week, however, there really was a noticeable change.  Things were calm, as they have been for a few weeks.  The difference this week was that there was an air of slight desolation.  The water level…

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One Year Pond Study Week 24: Summer Pollution Study

Summer is slowly coming to it's conclusion, with the Autumnal equinox and therefore the first day of Autumn falling on Sunday the 22nd of September this year.  I had  a look over my past posts to see what summer studies we needed to do before then and there are three: Summer night-time pond visit Summer water study…

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One Year Pond Study Week 23: A Mystery at the Pond

Our pond this week: When we arrived at our pond for our weekly study, we were not expecting anything out of the norm.  Everything at first glance looked the same, everything sounded the same.  Really, everything was the same as it always had been.  We did our usual walking around the perimeter of the pond,…

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One Year Pond Study Week 22: One Small Square Part 2

Our pond this week: I wasn't entirely sure we would get to the pond this week, but the children nagged and nagged, having missed it terribly last week.  I think our new book had something to do with their enthusiasm.  It really has sparked many, many ideas.  As promised, here is a quick review of…

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One Year Pond Study Week 21: One Small Square Part 1

When we started this pond study 21 weeks ago, I was aware, as any mummy would be, that along the way there maybe some stumbling blocks to getting to the pond on a weekly basis.  Illness being one of them.  I did have something up my sleeve, for use if, for whatever reason, we  were…

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One Year Pond Study Week 20: Checking in on the Chicks

Welcome to week 20 of our one year pond study.  For the rest of the posts in this series please see here. This week I was astounded by the change in our Moorhen chicks - they have grown so big so quickly, changing from a fluffy black chick, to a sleek brown - grey chick to one…

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Our One Year Pond Study Week 19: Bird Study – Herons

This week, due to our family party, we did not manage to spend long at the pond, although actually visiting is never an issue because it is on the way to our local shops!  However this week we did not have the time for a prolonged study so I had the children fit in bits…

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Our One Year Pond Study Week 18: Summer Tree Study

Welcome to week 18 of our one year pond study.  For the rest of the posts in this series please see here. This week we concentrated on our chosen tree - the Ash.  Much had changed since our spring study.   If you look back you will see the Ash tree had flowers before it grew leaves. …

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Our One Year Pond Study Week 17: Summer Fauna Count

Welcome to week 17 of our one year pond study.  For the rest of the posts in this series please see here. To see our spring flower and fauna count see week 4 The point of doing the seasonal animal counts is to see if there are any changes in numbers, species and so forth.  The…

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