Tag Archive for: Marin Wednesday 2015-2016

Full Moon
Alpine Lake/Bon Tempe area

This was such a beautiful day. In the mornings I  start the day with  giving gratitude and checking in to find my intention. Today was to find that quiet, peaceful, easeful state with joy for no reason and that this be so for the children as well.  I do believe this was all manifested.
What a sweet, gentle, flowing and connected day with All of Life we all had.
We went to a place we knew with the Sun shining it’s warmth upon us and gentle breezes to bring just enough aliveness to spark movement and pleasure.
Each child came with their own brand of joy and it all mingled together with an on going ebb and flow.  Kuba was playing more and more with others.  At one point Isabella was on her own. I sensed that there might have been some discomfort for her with this. I went over and we began to play and then Kai came over after a bit and all of that suspicion went out the window.  She and Kai began to do what they often do, play sweetly together.
We had our circle and I read a most beautiful story that I always read this time of year called Rabbits Wedding. It is one of the old story books that capture the beauty and innocence of the young child.  We had some new songs  about rabbits too!
We played a little afterward right where we were. There was one log in the pond. Eli was REALLY trying to see if he could move it so I, upon his request, began to throw sticks at it to see if it could move. One by one the other children came over. No matter what I threw at it it didn’t move. “How come???” I asked. So we explored this for a bit.
Linda shared lot’s of beautiful flower findings with the children too and then, we made our way into an adventure to another part of the lake.
There was a big hill that they weren’t sure if they could make it up.  Before I left from home this morning a rope was sitting on my table that truly was beckoning me to bring it.  I new not to question such a call.  I then knew why it wanted to come.  I gave it to Linda, the children held on to it and so she sang them up the hill as they held onto that rope.
When we got to the top we then found the trail to go down…….. I took a bit of a different route then intended but it was the PERFECT route as it led us to at least 15 turtles sitting upon logs.
When we got to them they scattered off their logs. We sat down ever, ever, ever so quietly and watched them slowly swim about and then one by one work at getting back upon their logs. I say worked as some of them kept slipping off and had to find different ways to get back on.  We were going to eat right there and keep watching them when we noticed a lot of Poison Oak very close by. We went a little further down and closer to the water.  This was a GREAT place as there were more turtles on more logs!!!
The rest of the day was eating, watching the turtles climb up the logs, playing logs there and for Ruby getting in the water.
The children were so truly fascinated and engaged with these turtles and our surroundings. It was so deeply peaceful and serene as we saw King Fishers, Great White Egrets fishing and flying. Crows making a raucous, sparrows, flying low and curiosities abounding.
Linda found a log to lay on like a Turtle and it was also like a boat. The children became intrigued and Ruby in particular wanted to go on this boat. The others were there playing with it and then trying to push her “out to sea.”
As they were playing I sadly  had to say that it was time for us to leave so we packed up and began our journey back up the trail and to find our Ganesha.
When we got back in the bus, we drew some pictures of the day making sure that we had logs, turtles, sunshine, children and adults in the pictures. It was clear that there was much more that we saw but could not draw it all. But oh yes, we also drew a lone Deer that we saw running near us on the hillside.
A sweet and beautiful day in our first week of Spring.

Waxing Moon
Sorich Ranch

Everyone was here today. Ruby has been sick for quite a while and Eli too so, it was good to have them back and on such a warm and welcoming Spring like day. As Spring is officially just about here, all things around us were sprouting and your children seem to be sprouting themselves in so many ways!
Deer park started us off in the very, very cold, however, that cold did not last long once we got to Sorich where warm coats we eventually taken off and left in the bus for the day.
Eli went straight for the Big Rock, Kuba wanted to check out the creek straight away to see if water was in it.  Isabella, Ruby, Linda and Kai went to do just that and by the time I brought all of our snack things around they were ready to sit down with lot’s of fresh fennel in hand to pass around for a pre snack treat. Yum!!!
I read them a story about Spring birds nesting to go in harmony with the Taxidermed birds they saw a couple of weeks ago and the spring birds that are all around.  After songs and story we listened and listened to hear so many birds and, we heard what sounded like crickets.  I am doing research right now to see if that can really be true. It seems like it is.
After circle there was a question and a time for a group decision: Do we go back to the farm or go to the swings?  Swings it was so, we got our backpacks and off we went. But, “How do we get there again?”  Down the path they went and up the trails.  Their legs got such a good work out and Isabella went basically skipping up the very steep hill while Kai and Ruby took it nice and slow with Linda.  So, Kuba, Eli and Isabella got there first and found the swings. They immediately went to sharing.  From there Eli and I, after his turn, went climbing a big rock and then went down to the creek. He continued to explore and I began to look for good painting rocks. Then Kuba came down, Ruby came down, Kai came down, Isabella continued to play on the swing and the rest loved finding stones to make paint.  Kuba painted half of my face and Kai painted Linda’s.  Ruby was painting herself with rocks or whatever else she could because, she just LOVES to!   After quite awhile down there I was getting a bit cold so we went back up closer to the sun.  Linda, ELi and Isabella were having a grand time in such a beautiful Buckeye tree above the swings. We heard them laughing and playing.  Kai and I started to create a target practice with sticks and a stone with a Bullseye type mark on it. Ruby liked giving Kai sticks for this and Kuba joined in after awhile.
It was lunch time soon enough so we ate, read some stories and went back to play before we needed to make our way down.  When we were about to go there was a grand Red Tailed Hawk above us soaring  and then two crows dive bombing him a bit. Kai, Kuba and I stared and stared at them for as long as we could before we really had to go.
Ruby did a grand job today not getting very wet due to Mother’s request, though, she so wanted to!!! Everyone shared the swings very well today even though they all wanted it just for themselves for as long as they could.  We found a lot of healthy fresh Poison Oak to notice and step away from as well as a lot of slippey mud along the trail to figure out how to navigate on or around.
Today was another glory filled day.

Waning Moon
Sorich Ranch

What an absolutely beautiful, beautiful day!!! Even though the rain is to come tomorrow we still had beautiful and warm skies.  Kuba was very tired today as it turned out he just came back from Hawaii.  Kai was happy yet still struggling a bit with communication with friends.  Isabella had less mischievous nature then last week and still happy and very playful. Ruby was alive, bright and joyful as well as Eli.
Before story I brought out many taxidermy birds in support of some of our new Spring songs. I also brought out a taxidermy mole.  They really loved these. Isabella however did not want to hold them and actually, I am not sure if she even petted them. The others however were all for it.
I wish to tell you the biggest and most exciting part of the day was all the wild edibles we ate. Ruby and Isabella had their mouths stuffed full a lot of the day. Eli and Isabella had fun eating a lot of sour grass and fennel earlier in the day.  We went to the little farm that I just discovered through Linda right down the road. Before we left our wild foraging began and when we got there it was FILLED with eating.  These are the things we ate on this day:
Filaree/ Storks bill
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Miners lettuce, Sour Grass, Mallow, Dandelion, Plantain, Chickweed, Curly dock leaves, baby brussel sprouts and I think there were a few more but this is all I can remember right now.  We were showered on by such beautiful spring petals from some trees and our walk to the farm led us to so many more beautiful early spring sights. We saw a lot of California Towhee’s like one of the taxidermy birds, small sparrows and looked in the sky to see crows dive bombing juvenile Redtailed hawks.  There was a lot of poison oak blooming beautifully as well that we saw.
The children loved climbing up the big rock at our circle spot and at the farm they had so much fun feeding the many beautiful chickens there and eating, eating, eating the wild edibles.
We walked back to eat lunch and in that circle I read them a grand story book by Alice Walker and told them a beautiful rendition of the Three Bears.
It was close to going home so packed up we got.
Kuba used Tender Tracks small porclein pot to go poop in. This pot was mine and my sisters when we were little. I line it with a bio bag and away the poop goes. Eli tried twice thinking he had to poop but he was not successful like Kuba.
The day was simply sweet, sweet, sweet, warm and delightful.