This afternoon and evening, in honor of the autumnal equinox, the chicks and I had our own personal fall festival, or "festi-bull" as it's known in chick parlance, a pronunciation I hope they continue to use for at least five more years.
After a leaf-collection walk, we made leaf crowns using the instructions in Carol Petrash's Earthways, my new favorite kids' crafting book.
Spotted: wood fairies--
I'm a bit too tired for a tutorial, but the project is pretty easy. You simply collect leaves, snip off the stems, and then "pin" them together end-to-end using the stems you removed. We found we needed to poke a small hole in the leaves before inserting the stem. Here's one crown-in-progress:
We then played with snails, whom we will miss over the winter. Montreal has the best snails, in abundance:
Ninna built them a habitat using the leftover leaves:
We harvested what we could from the yard, which today meant a single cherry tomato, and two large handfuls of beans from our still-lush and very prolific bean teepee:
We finished the evening with a candlelight "harvest dinner," in the company of more early fall leaves and bowls of shiny chestnuts the chicks have been gathering on our walks home from school:
I hope your first day of fall was as lovely as ours!