We’ve recently joined a Nature Walk group of home schooling families. What a wonderful group of people who have opened up their walks to others.  We headed to the Tokai Forest area – well, the former Forest area.  The Chopped Down Area Formerly Known as Tokai Forest area.  But, despite the lack of trees, we were treated to a wonderful walk. 

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I was surprised to see how quickly the natural vegetation had sprung up from beneath the suffocating bed of pine needles.  Fynbos everywhere!  And beautiful too!  And the kids had a ball of note playing around in the puddles and ponds catching tadpoles.

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Although I’m not too sure that everything they caught was a tadpole…

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Sam caught this guy – and aside from the albino appearance, those long squiggly things were attached to its body.  Either it was a tadpole badly deformed from toxic waste, or it’s something else. Any guesses?

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While the little kids played in the ponds, the bigger kids hung out and enjoyed time with friends.  It was lovely for me to meet a few of the older kids and overhear some amusing conversations :) 

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I got to meet a few more moms – including Tammy M of Nature Mamahood.  Tammy is the go-to girl for all things natural food wise.  It was great to finally meet her in real life :) 

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Not to mention all the other moms I hadn’t met before.  Being a part of many online communities means that I get to "meet" people but not really know or recognise them outside of the context of cyberspace.  Making connections with them in real life is such a bonus and this outing was one of those times. 

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And of course, meeting again with now "old"er friends makes it all a double bonus.  Especially friends who are mistaken for mom by my son :) Micah thought Charise was me for a while, and sweetly wound his little body around her legs until he realised that the lady he was looking at was mom, which meant that the lady he was leaning against … wasn’t.

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Too cute!

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