Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Boys (and Girls!!!) of Summer

Fun Friday: Part deux! This time, I've got pics! The above photo is of the Bridal Veil Falls in Kagawong. The kids and I usually spend our afternoons at one of the many beaches on the island, but this time, we ventured to the falls.
Having fun, splish splashing the afternoon away.

Going behind the falls.
The boys were so cute! Hunting for treasure!!!

This is what they found! LOL! A crayfish! I can't even tell you how fast I jumped out of the water when my student brought his latest find to me! LOL I'm a girlie girl! I admit it!

More fun swimming and splashing. I had to drag them all out of the water! LOL! We then went on a hike. This was not just any hike though. These kids were on a mission. They each collected some samples of leaves and flowers.

Check out the smiles on their faces! Who says studying isn't fun?!?! :) In my opinion, outdoor lessons are wonderful!

The kids had to identify the samples they collected. Hubby's got a BIG book of plants, trees and flowers that are indigenous to our area.
I got each child a canvas and I brought my art supplies to the falls. The kids found a nice picnic table and got busy!

The finished product! Pretty and creative, don't you think? I just love kid art. The neat thing I noticed is that though there were mixed paints and many different shades, the kids mostly opted for bright primary colours. Interesting.

I didn't get to post photos of my cousins' annual visit to the island. We went fishing with my dad with the hopes of catching some dinner! Okay, I lie. "We" didn't go fishing. The boys did. I was there...sort of sitting under a tree and wondering what I ought to cook for supper lest they not catch anything!

Waiting...and waiting...

...and yet more waiting. Finally...Supper!!!

The catch of the day??? Nada. We ended up going for fish and chips at Island Fish and Chips!! LOL!

The fish and chips at Island Fish and Chips are reeeeeeeeeeeally good! Hubby and I don't usually eat anything oily or fried, but every once in a while isn't bad. The batter is delicious and the whitefish they use is soooo tasty! Everyone who knows me knows that I don't like any fish except for salmon, so this whitefish must be good! LOL! I am very picky when it comes to eating fish. I don't like eating anything with bones...even tiny bones!
Another telltale sign that this place serves really good fish and chips...My entire family (okay, maybe not the entire family!!! Just about 30 of them) went to the fish and chips place the weekend of our wedding. Haha! All at the same time! LOL! That must have been a sight! A barrage of people from our wedding all entering the restaurant at the same time. One of my uncles from Wisconsin even went to that restaurant several times during his one week stay with us! LOL!
If you are ever on the island, Island Fish and Chips is located right by the ferry terminal, next to the post office. It's before the South Bay Guesthouse and the South Bay Art Gallery...two other must visit places if you're here in the summer season!


t said...

Chris! Those kids are beaming with happiness! Look at all their faces! SMILES gallore! You MUST be doing a great job! You are awsome! did I spell that right? Hah hah!

Uncivil said...

Oh my gosh! I wish I lived near that Bridal Veil Falls. I would go there every day.
Such wonderful memories you're making for those children.

BeachMama said...

Wow you really are showing your students a wonderful time. They look like they are having a blast and the learning is unbelievable. Great job!

And the fish and chips... my mouth is watering and I just finished breakfast.

Karen MEG said...

I wish I could be your student LOL! What a blast!
I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE fish and chips. That's my usual order when we're in a pub.
Some of my greatest memories as a kid are of when my Dad would take us out for Fish and Chips, wrapped in newspaper, I guess they did (or perhaps still do) that in England?

doggy mama said...

I would love to be one of your students, Christine! You do the most fun stuff with them!

And those fish and chips look delicious! I'm a HUGE fish and chips fan - they have to be very crispy, though!

Chrissy121875 said...

Tee hee! Those smiles make me melt! I love to hear their laughter too! The best kind is the 'laughing so hard I can't breathe' kind of laugh...or the non-stop giggles! My students and my nieces really do brighten up my day :)

A lot of people take their dogs to the Bridal Veil Falls. Chance loves it. He tries to bite the water! He's so cute! LOL!

Chrissy121875 said...

I think it's important to teach the kids English (grammar, vocab, reading, writing, etc), but I also think that 'hands-on' learning and learning about Canada, culture, the lifestyle and other things are equally important :) These kids get the best of both worlds and I only hope that when they return to their country that they will have learned a lot and will be able to cherish their memories in Canada.

Chrissy121875 said...

At the Island Fish and Chips, they wrap the fish and chips in newspaper! It's so cool because not a lot of places do it that way anymore. Supposedly, theirs is an English style fish and chips. It was so funny because when served, one of my students just looked at his bundle of fish and chips (in the newspaper) and didn't know what to do with it! LOL! I had to tell him to open it and eat what was inside! Too cute!

Doggy Mama:
I like mine crispy too! When you and Steve come for a visit, I'll take you out for fish and chips! ;) Tee hee!

japanmanpete said...

Can I be one of your students?

Did you get the photos from Kyoto I sent you via e-mail? There's a nice one of Kinkakuji I thought you might like.


Cherry said...

That looks like a great summer lesson day trip!

You do realize that I REALLY want fish & chips now. :-)

Anonymous said...

My wife and I have visited Manitoulin Island and love seeing all the places we've been to on your blog. We are also learning about more places to see when we visit the island next.

We have fallen in love with the Manitoulin and really do have hopes of one day retiring there. You are very lucky to be able to call Manitoulin your home. Hopefully we will too one day.

Ms. Mamma said...

Awesome photo essay, Chrissy! Gorgeous and de-lish!

Pavel said...

Oh, COOL!!! That looks like so much fun and the kids seems to enjoy it immensely! Very awesome indeed. Wish I was there.

Dina said...

looks like an amazing day was had by all!!

Diesel said...

Wow, that looks like a lot of fun. I want to play!

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