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Toad Mountain and what you can find there 蟾蜍山

Yup! There is a mountain (or rather a hill) in Taipei that is called a Toad Mountain. Where does this name come from?
According to a legend, an immortal of the sea, Liu Hai 瀏海仙, also known as Sea Toad arrived to Jingmei 景美 area 500 years ago. As he was standing on top of the hill gazing north, he was attacked from the sky by a huge toad that was terrifying people living there. Liu Hai used all his strength to catch the toad on a fishing rod. To do that he had to stand firmly on the ground. In the place he stood, imprints of his both feet were left in the rock. Liu Hai managed to help people get rid of the monster toad and himself also left the area. He left behind his footprints and that's how the hill came to be called Toad Mountain.

So now you know where the name of the mountain we had our Tuesday nature class comes from. Now a bit of history, because the whole area is now listed as a cultural landscape.

The hill is located close to the National Taiwan University 國立台灣大學 and even …

Pszczółka z rolki

Coraz rzadziej piszę tu o tym co robimy w domu, a coraz częściej o naszych wycieczkach i odkrywaniu przyrody. Dzisiaj jednak pokażę Wam co takiego kilka dni temu zrobiła Ania.

Kilka tygodni temu dotarła do nas w końcu książka Piotra Sochy pt. "Pszczoły". Od razu zabrałyśmy się do czytania. Jest to ślicznie wydana przez Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry książka-album o wszystkim co związane jest w pszczołami. Lektura tej książki to dopiero początek naszego poznawania pszczół. 

Oto pierwsza praca Ani związana z pszczołami:

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Przycinamy kawałek żółtego papieru i oklejamy nim rolkę:


Przycinamy trzy paski czarnego papieru o przyklejamy je jako paski pszczółki:

Teraz kolej na skrzydełka i czułki:


Przyklejamy lub rysujemy oczy i buzię-uśmiech:

Na koniec przyklejamy naszą pszczółkę na łączce:

I gotowe:



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Nature class at Zhishan Yan 芝山岩

After a very hot Sunday and a really rainy and cold Monday I was wondering what will the weather be on Tuesday, the day of our nature class. The day started a bit wet and chilly, but in the afternoon it became really pleasant - not too hot nor too sunny - a perfect weather for a walk.

This week we went to another park on a mountain - ZhishanYan, czyli Zhishan Rock. It's actually not a mountain, but a small hill, just over 50 meters high. In 18th century emigrants from the Zhangzhou 漳州 city in Chinese Fujian 福建  province have settled there. They named the hill Zhishan as it reminded them of a hill of that name in their homeland.

The best place to start the walk is at the bottom of the stairs leading to the temple. The address is Zhicheng Rd Sec.2 至誠路二段 (right at the beginning of Sec.2). There are plenty of roadside parking spaces as well as a parking lot.


We started our walk taking the ramp on the right side of the stairs. The ramp took us all the way around the hill and to the temp…