After a picnic supper outside in the beautiful moonlighted evening, we headed for home, with strains of Tallis and Byrd still in our ears.
On the way to Monteagle we hiked the Fiery Gizzard Trail nearby. This is one of the most lovely and well-kept secrets of east Tennessee. Most of the trail on the short 1 mile loop goes along the creek. Waterfalls and swimming holes abound.
On Tuesday night C got to play in her cello "choir" for the EDGE, (for educational excellence), award ceremony for AWSpalding. Three groups in total, played: the more advanced elementary orchestra, the beginner's orchestra and lastly, the little cello choir. They all sounded very good. The new string teacher, Rhonda Burnham, has done a wonderful job in the six weeks she's been teaching, building on the solid foundation laid by the previous teacher, Chris Chandler.
Tuesday we also had our bi-weekly history class. This week it was about Ancient Egypt. At the end of class they even got to make "mummies" with their dolls and toilet paper. Our Keepers club continued on the theme of Birds and we made bird seed cakes with a mixture of seed, corn syrup, gelatin, flour and water. So far the birds seem to be enjoying it - so do the squirrels. I've noticed the squirrels don't have the same smorgasbord of acorns and other goodies they usually have at this time of year. The acorns, for example, are very small. So I guess we shouldn't begrudge a few little sunflower seeds now and then. Caridee, our coon hound/beagle mix, thinks differently though - she loves to tree them.
Too bad they're such good tree hoppers - it's confounding to a hound!
Here is C in her Keepers of the Home uniform shirt.
Raewyn visited us again this week and we got to see the rest of her photos. She was planning on hanggliding that afternoon. Hope the weather was suitable.
C has had some croup this week and a wheeziness. We're hoping some Vicks Vapo rub and a humidifier will help ease the symptoms. Can't tell whether it's plain croup or larangitis, which some relatives had lately....her voice hasn't disappeared entirely though!