Wednesday, December 3, 2014
This is me above the banks of the Paluxy River in Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas. This is what it looks like now. One hundred and eleven million years ago, this area looked very different.
Most of the area was covered by a shallow sea. This part was on the shore -- a kind of squishy, muddy, sandy place.
The animals who lived here were very different from the ones we see today. This was called the Cretaceous Period.
One great big dinosaur who lived here was called Pleurocoelus (ploor-oh-see-lus). He was a herbivore -- that means he ate plants. He was about 50 feet long -- he couldn't have fit in your schoolroom! Another dinosaur who lived around here was a carnivore -- he ate meat. He looked a lot like T. Rex. He was an Acrocanthosaurus (ak-row-can-tho-sore-us). When these dinosaurs walked on the soft ground, they left foot prints. This three-toed print is from the Acrocanthosaurus.
The mud eventually turned to rock and so the prints can still be seen today. This is a picture of the river and river bank. There are a lot of prints in the rock.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
There are lots of cool places to visit in England. Miss Elaine's daughter Zoe lives in Cornwall in the far southwest of the country. Did Mrs. Bezdek help you find it on the map? Zoe lives in the town of Penzance. One day we visited the city of Truro, the largest town in the county.
Lots of things in England are the same as here but it's fun looking at the differences. This horse-drawn coach carries tourists but there are modern cars here, too. And you can see a bus in the background.
Although there are cemeteries in England just like ones here, sometimes important people were buried inside churches. Statues on top of tombs are called effigies. I'll probably show you more of these in future posts.
Here's something we saw in several towns -- people dressed as statues. They stand very still but if you wait long enough, you can see a blink or a twitch. Do you see the helmet on the ground? He hopes people will throw money into it. I don't think he will make much money but he really does look like a toy soldier!
This is Mr. Jack. He really didn't want to stand by this sign but Miss Elaine thought it was funny -- so he did it.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Since I still don't know what you've named me, I'm just going by T. for now. This is me right after I got off the airplane and took a train into Paddington Station. Do you know the story of Paddington Bear? I'll bet Mrs. Bezdek would read it to you! Here is a statue of Paddington. And in the train station there's a whole shop full of Paddington Bears!
caught another train which took us to Penzance. Penzance is in Cornwall, the part of England that is the farthest west -- the train ride was almost as long as our plane ride! I was really tired of sitting.
Some famous musicians wrote an operetta -- a musical play -- called "The Pirates of Penzance." Miss Elaine and I saw these pirate bears in a shop window.
This is me with a bunch of Cornish bears. I like England. They love bears!
Sunday, August 17, 2014
This is Evergreen Beach Lodge in Ephraim (pronounced ee-frum), Wisconsin. It's in Door County. Do you have a United States map in your room? Can you find Wisconsin? Do you see that kind of little pinkie finger sticking out into Lake Michigan? That's Door County. this is the hotel where Miss Elaine and I stayed -- it's over 100 years old. Here is a view of Lake Michigan from our hotel room.
We had cherries and pecans on French toast.
One of the coolest things we did was take a cooking class. The school was called The Savory Spoon. Do you know what savory means? Can you look it up in the dictionary? Janice Thomas owns the cooking school and she was glad I came to class!
We did a lot of the cooking. We divided into groups. Miss Elaine and I worked on the salad. The dessert group made crepes (kreps) filled with cherries. Crepes are thin French pancakes. That group put cherries in the middle of each crepe, then folded them over. Miss Janice put them in a pan on the stove and poured sauce over them. Then she set the sauce on fire! That's called flambeeing (flam-bay-ing), another French word. As you can see, it was pretty scary. Miss Elaine and I will not be trying this at home!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
This is my new friend Layla. She's in the first grade in Michigan. We had breakfast together then went to see an amazing house called "Bishop's Palace." It was built in 1893 in Galveston, Texas, for Walter and Josephine Gresham and their children. In 1923, they sold the house to the Catholic Diocese and Bishop Byrne moved in. That's why it's called Bishop's Palace.
Can you find Galveston on a map? I'll give you a clue. Galveston is on an island off the coast of Texas. They had a terrible storm in 1900 and many of the houses and buildings in Galveston were destroyed. The Bishop's Palace was on slightly higher ground and was built very solidly so it survived.
This is the library. The woodwork in the house is very elaborate.
In this room, the book cases are made of burled black walnut.
Do you see the pattern on the floor? It is made from small pieces
of wood. Floors like this are called "parquet" which is pronounced
During the storm, the windows were smashed in and sea water got on
the floors and made the wood swell and buckle so they had to be replaced.
Rabbit. The popular children's book was written in 1903 by Beatrix Potter, an English writer. The Gresham children
probably read this book. Have you read it?
Above is the fireplace in the music room. The wood is called
satinwood and the stone is Mexican onyx. To the right you can
see a close up of a corner of the fireplace. Above the Mexican onyx, the
trim is made of silver.
house but I don't think I'd like to live there. Can you imagine how much work it would be to clean 52 rooms?
I had many more adventures in Galveston and I'll be sending you more posts in the future.