This was the week that we had all possible weather options in the space of a few days… boiling hot beach days and wild and freezing stormy days… kind of brilliant really. Just when you are too hot it cools down and just when you are tired of rain it warms up!!!
So we have a week of school ahead… but there is that summer feeling in the air, which kind of makes the days fly by!!!
Lovely Links from This Week
- DIY Kids Invention Box on tinkerLab And while you are stopping by Tinkerlab: Tinker lab’s Sketch book challenge… because fun!!!
- A Beautiful Mess Make Mermaids… and the very handy Beautiful Mess and their #Hashtag Guide.
- First of November means only one thing in our house: Nanowrimo kids…
- Overcoming the 10 Biggest Obstacles to Creating on Zen habits….
- This is poor gold… 11 ways to Practice Creativity in Every Day Life on Mollie Makes.
- Creating a Watercolor Journal on Raising Little Shoots…
- I am not thinking about the holidays at all… but this is so inspiring: 50 Beautiful Holiday Cards from Etsy on PoppyTalk.
- A Blast From the Past:
- 2008: Se7en Easy Science Notebook Ideas.
- 2009: Sunday Snippet: Finding Time for Quiet Time.
- 2010: What do Little People Do During School?
- 2011: Se7en Do Rocket Science…
- 2012: Se7en + 1 Create Quick and Easy I SPY Pages…
- 2013: Se7en Meet Up With Pablo Picasso: Pizza, Portraits and People.
- 2014: Se7en tips to Rescue our Kids from Drowning in Stuff.
And the se7en + 1th link:
Book of the Week
50 Must See Geological Sites in South Africa by Gavin Whitfield, Published by Penguin Random House South Africa: This book has been lounging around on our coffee table for a week or two, it’s a dipper… fascinating place after fascinating place revealed to us. For most of our nature study we have spent a lot of time and energy looking at wild life, but we have wondered about the Geology of particular places that we visit… and couldn’t find the appropriate book. This book with fifty spots to visit all around Southern Africa, may well be the book we are looking for.
- What About the Rocks? So many places we visit in our travels, the bug books come out, the bird book, even the scat book… but inevitably someone asks, “What about the rocks?” and we find ourselves somewhat clueless… This book is the guidebook we have been looking for.
- Places we want to Visit: The author had to choose fifty spots and he chose well… The book begins with our favourite land mark, Table Mountain, but there are plenty of places we have been dying to visit there as well, like Paarl Rock, The West Coast Fossil Park and the Cederberg. Further afield there are the Cango Caves, The Valley of Desolation and the Augrabies Falls. Plenty of places all over South Africa to explore.
- There is a Back Story: It is one thing to look at a stone and wonder what it is and where it is from, but this book provides the back story… which layers of rock you are looking at, how the mountain features were formed. Each destination includes the regional geology, landscape and landforms as well as significant rock formations.
- The Photographs are Inspiring: The book is so well illustrated, the thing about fairly scientific guide books is that one can easily get lost in the words… this book is packed with heaps of clear and explanatory photographs, not to mention inspiring… there are a lot of new places we would like to explore because of it.
- The Illustrations are Engaging: The book is packed with good, well labeled illustrations explaining how features are formed, cross-sections showing exactly what lies beneath the surface.
- And of Course Maps: There are tons of maps for the map lover. Almost every spread has a fabulous colour map to explore. Maps showing the location for each destination as well as how to get there and other local features that might be of interest to an explorer. Geological maps that show you just what rocks you are standing on and landscape maps showing special geographical features.
- Things to See and Do: The book is packed with blocks of interesting snippets and information and every location has a “Things to Do and See” block… things that would just provide a better experience for your visit: where the best trails are, where the caves are, drives to take places to stop and explore much deeper.
- A Great Read: This book is a fascinating read, in snippets… there is so much information on each spread that you would have to take it slow and linger a little. It is a fabulous book for nature lovers, explorers, map lovers and of course… rock lovers.
We were given a copy of 50 Must See Geological Sites in South Africa by Gavin Whitfield, published by Penguin Random House South Africa for review purposes. We were not paid for our review, this is not a sponsored post and the opinions expressed are as usual our own.
All the entries…
Mixed in the mug…
And picking and choosing…
And the winners are:
Cassey Oct 27, 2015 at 7:10 am We’ve recently discovered Giraffe House, such a great spot.
Sanna Oct 28, 2015 at 12:29 pm We love to go to Kirstenbosch to walk, look at flowers, play in the river and climb trees. There is always something to do.
Congratulations to: Cassey and Sanna expect an email from us shortly so that we can get your prizes to you as soon as possible.
We would like to thank MapStudio who supplied us with a copy of this book to review and GiveAway. We were not paid for our review, this is not a sponsored post and the opinions expressed are as usual our own.
That’s us… Hope you all have a fabulous week!!!