July 11, Litter Pickup

Picked up a bunch of litter from the park. Groups of children come to this park for play daily and lots of little bits of trash are left behind.

I was surprised by the amount of little wrappers on the ground when there are two garbage bins close by. Most of the wrappers were 5 feet from the bins, which is sad, and they did not blow out of the garbage bin, not full enough for trash to fall out.

I did my part, cleaned it up. I forgot to bring a bag with me to dispose of it at home in a closed bin.

Kids at the Park, Again

Another beautiful day, took the kids to the park. Julia, Jack and Thomas. This time, Thomas sat in the wagon, Jack took his scooter and Julia biked. An extra scooter was in the wagon for Thomas so he could use it at the park!

The park has a paved strip which is awesome for the kids! Biking for practice and great for chalk!

The kids had a great time! While they played, I picked up trash, again. Not much though, so that was great! The used the swings a bunch, kicked the soccer ball around and blew bubbles.

Julia learning to stop with her brakes. Needs more practice!!
Scooter Jack!
Jack and Thomas
Happy girl!
Of course! Water bottle and snacks!

Home for homemade slushies and a rest from the sun!

Thomas’ Day

The 4 older kids are at their grandparents for a couple of nights. That leaves me and Chris with just Thomas.

Today, Chris is in Charlottetown for work and I took Thomas on a big adventure.

Confederation trail by Kent. Here we start!
Got himself a flower. Got tickeled by it too!
Trash I picked up along the trail. Lots of Tim Horton’s.
On the boardwalk
Lots if fun and new sights!
Yup, I brought bubbles!
Trivia question on the boardwalk
Taking his time exploring
Big blow to get these in the air!
Big red bridge!!
Love it!
Still going
Found this spot for a rest behind the Summerside Marina
My new favourite spot!!
Snack time!
Waste free!
In love with this table!
Plane in the sky!
A dish to carry our scraps
Love these
Off we go for more adventure!
Next stop, ice cream treat! Spinnaker’s Landing
Using my own container instead of Styrofoam dish!
This is amazing! My own dish and spoon, sharing with Thomas.
Lets dig in!
All gone, a cover to keep the mess away.
More boardwalk fun before lunch
These roses smell so good!!!
He loves it here! No fear!
Cautious of the water, but curious!
Checking out his suroundings
Not wanting to go in the water!
Testing with stick smacking!
Finally, he goes in!! When its time to go, he is up to his knees and does not want to leave! I had to slowly walk to him to get him cause he wanted to run away from me in the water. Didn’t want him to fall in, panic city! Lol.
The only trash on the beach I could find.
His bottom half was soaked, cloth diaper home!

The water felt so good! I want to go back!! Build up energy! Cant wait to get the kids here! Hahaha!!

May 14th Litter Pickup

Me and the two boys went for a walk to the park this afternoon. Of course I had to take my cloth bag and cloth mits with me to pick up some litter scattered along the way. I was actually surprised that there was not a whole lot to pick up. Thomas and Jack had fun in the wagon ride and got to stretch their muscles at the park. Running, swinging, sliding, and climbing. They also helped to pick up some trash laying around.

Jack playing around
Snack time, Biodegradable!!
Jack found the first of many straws. Not very happy about that.

I like taking my cloth bag and cloth mits as they are washable and reusable. On our walk home I took a different street to see if I could find some litter and sure enough I did. Mostly along tall fences. It did not take long to fill my bag. I had to leave a huge mess behind as I had no extra bags, too much to carry having the boys and for the boys safety I could not leave them to pick up trash behind the bushes along the fence.  That is okay, I did my best and what I could manage. I will go back again on a non rainy day.

Full bag and only 1/3 done of the street.
So much trash it seemed like it got dumped here.
In front of the bushes got cleaned up but I will not leave the kids to venture further back for safety. This street is not very busy with traffic, but none the less, not taking a risk.

I am really hoping to get out with the big kids as I know they will be much more able to help with this matter. Maybe in the evenings these coming days and Summer when the little’s (Thomas and Jack) are in bed.

I know I don’t do a whole lot of picking up litter like a lot of people can due to the young kids, but that time will come. For now I can teach them to respect the Earth and put their waste in the proper place.

Spring Clean Up

Today me and the two young boys went for a walk down some streets. We walked down parts of 6 streets, zig zagging the city. I took a washable reusable bag with me to collect any plastic litter. There was a lot! I filled that bag up within 25 minutes (walking slowly holding hands with the 2 year old). I did not try hard either, I needed to be careful with the boys on the sidewalk. Our streets are not very busy at all. Maybe a dozen cars drove by in that time, maybe.

Our walk took us to the nearby park. It was not wet like I thought it would be. I was expecting large puddles all over from the melting snow, but we got their on a good day! The boys swung on the swings, tried out the slide a bit. We did not stay too long as the wind was cold in the open area.

I could did not pick up any more trash on the way home. I decided the bag was full enough and the boys needed me. I felt bad walking past garbage, but a person can only do so much. At least I did some.

Later I emptied most of the trash from the bag. Lots of coffee cups and grocery bags. Lots of little broken plastic pieces too. the reusable bag got a good shake out and thrown in the wash for our next walk.

3 garbage bags, 11 hot beverage lids, 4 ribbons, 18 beverage cups aka coffee cups and two were double cupped, 3 straws, 3 chip bags. Lots of miscellaneous items like broken bits and cigarette butts.
5 grocery bags, 3 pop cans, steel pieces, 3 cat food cans, a large bucket cover.
miscellaneous plastic garbage.