Autumn is Here

Autumn on the Pond

A Season of Learning

Peak color is in full swing here at the schoolhouse.  Our maple trees are displaying their brilliant red and orange leaves, while the Willow, Catalpa and Osage Orange trees have turned their dismal yellow.  Even the evergreens are shedding needles. Shaking their branches to make the needles rain down has become a favorite part of our morning walks.

With Autumn’s arrival we’ve been observing and talking about change. The falling leaves, birds flying south, outside temperatures and the adjustments to our wardrobe have all made for great learning.

Yesterday we observed swarms of bald-faced hornets,

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Conte Grande

Chinoiserie Style

The SS Conte Grande was a Lloyd Sabaudo Line ocean liner built in 1927 by Stabilimento Tecnico Triestino in Trieste, Italy, to service the transatlantic passenger line between Genoa, Italy, and New York City. Launched on 29 June 1927, her maiden voyage was from Genoa to Naples to New York City, which occurred on 13 April 1928. SS Conte Grande had what could only be described as the most magnificent public rooms on any ship at the time. She was decorated in the then popular Chinoiserie style, gilt and marble.

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