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Day 33
Waxing Crescent Moon
Foothill Park: The Island

Davey is gone on holiday.  Today we celebrated Serena and Duncan’s birthday and they brought snack gifts for us all:  Hot chocolate from Duncan and home made apple crumble from Serena.  Quite yummy!
But first, when we got in the bus we had a very fun and funny time passing out stuffies, talking about who we are celebrating on this day and off we went, all in wonderful spirits.
When we got there they jumped out and began to play, some went to the bathroom and then we had circle which was so beautiful. They sang, Duncan and Serena passed out their snack gift, we sang our nature Bday song and then we had the story. It is a grand sequential and repetition tale that most caught on to quite well then, off to the Island we went.
As we were walking Duncan pointed out 5 baby mallards swimming very quietly alone and huddled together.
Mindy and I wondered if something untoward had happened to the Mom Mallard.  Not long after that we saw the Mom and Dad Mallards swoop down and go into the water where they met up with their little treasures and swim all around.  All the children sat or stood around watching this beautiful sight.
The day was cold at times, very hot at times and filled with wind blowing cool air at times and then be completely gone.  Julian and Jasper, with Julian the leader, were busy MOST of the day taking care of  ” bad guys.”  I asked them what the bad guys looked like so I could keep an eye out for them.  Julian said they looked like trees and branches that walked.  I thanked them for taking such good care of us and watching out for the bad guys so that we are all safe. They were quite happy with that.  Duncan joined them later on and the three were on missions all day.  I gave them a special call that I would use if I heard or saw any Bad Guys. We praticed the sound, an Owl hoot, and used it at times.  Jasper was VERY delighted with this.   After awhile though the game turned into seeing if they could find me, or me and Zara or? with different sounds. This led right into a lot of Hide and Go seek which the girls LOVED.

For awhile many of them sat with Mindy on a beautiful warm rock over looking the lake.  They were all there peacefully watching the grand show of ducks, wind, water and the underwater forest that many noticed.
During the day we came upon Dragonflies, caterpillars, lizards, poison Oak, wonderful birds, great sticks, Cattails for fishing poles and lot’s and lot’s of adventure and fun.
The Earth and Sky held us most graciously as the children explored and discovered.

 

Day 31
Waning Crescent Moon
Wunderlich

All were here, back from our week off. The day started with me making bubbles from a bubble wand that was given to me a couple of weeks ago. Davey, Harper, Julian, Juliet had SUCH a good time chasing the bubbles. Unfortunately the bubbles came to an end and I must go to the special Bubble Makers to get more.
After we were all in the bus we took our time finding just the right stuffy and then off we went to Wunderlich.
When we got there we got out, made circle, had songs,snack and a new story that came out of a golden box with three figurines: A fox, a pitcher and an old woman.  I told the story of One Fine Day a story you can probably get from the library.
They seemed to like this  and Julian said how much he really liked the Golden Box!
As we went down a familiar trail half the group was with Mindy up ahead and the other half was with me.  My group wound up eating fresh green Rattle Snack weed plants and finding horse tracks while Mindy’s group was talking to two women that were on beautiful little horses that any one could pet.  We spoke with them as they came back down the trail.
When we all got together they went straight to play.  Sirena and Zara really wanted to play together in the Redwood Stump and there was some sharing to be had that was a bit challenging yet workable.  Davey, Misha, Jasper and I were feeding a Banana Slug and then Misha wanted to make a house for the Banana Slug like we have done before. So, we did.  Juliet later got very into making this house for the Slug.
There were great games of Hide and Go seek and Duncan and Misha buried me a bit. Then most of the children found me hiding under the brush and such.  But, not long after that Mindy said that Misha was pulling on his ear and complaining. He went down hill from there.  I tried to take his temperature and while I did all the children quietly came around and listened to hear when the thermometor was going to beep so we would know if Misha had a temperature.  It didn’t register well because I do not think he had his mouth around it well enough.  No matter, he stayed in Mindy’s arms resting until we left and she carried him back and got him all cozy for our ride back.  The ride back they were peaceful as we knew Misha needed it a bit quiet.
Before we left though there was a lot of, as I said, Hide and Go Seek and playing in different little special houses.  We then had a game of Race Horse and then Racing Unicorns, Racing Bears and I believe one other animal.  We ran back and forth back and forth up and down up and down the hilll Racing. Juliet, after a couple of races liked saying GO with me.  The racers were: Davey, Jasper, Julian and Juliet.  The others were sitting with Mindy and Misha watching. And oh yes, Mindy brought her new hand drill for fires and she and I worked with that. Davey was really into it as well as Julian.  During that some friendly Rangers on their horses came by and remembered us all very fondly.  They chatted and chatted with us and told us all about their horses.

Day 30
Crescent Waxing Moon
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

Misha was absent today. Everyone else was here and ready to go for a fine day of explorations.   We were going to go to Martins Creek and when we got there there were workers there and a sign that it was closed to the public while they were working so, What to do?
Well, just moments before we arrived I had a thought that it would be nice to go to Windy Hill and experience the Bull Frogs calling. They are always alive and active this time of year.  It is located only five minutes from Martins Creek. So nice to have had this thought because, that is where we went.
On our very short walk to the pond where the bull frogs live we spent a lot of time with many of the plants: Poison Hemlock, Poison Oak and, the best and most fun of all, Teasel or Nature Hair brushes.  These plants, when dead and dry, are wonderful for brushing your hair.  When picked the prickely parts need to be scraped off with a knife and so that is what I did for all of them.  Harper really wanted to brush my hair so, at a later time in the day, that is exactly what she did, and Duncan and Davey too!
When we got there we checked out this new place.  It was different then it has been in the past, more over grown yet still, the Frogs were singing and we could hear them, turtles were on logs, Damsel flyes and Dragon flies were all over and this place was magickal in it’s own very uniqe and wondeful way.

I set up circle and they all came for snack.  I changed the story I was going to tell in order to tell them the story about why Bull Frog lives in the water and sounds the way it does.  They listened and listened and then the Bull Frogs sang and sang. After the story I taught them a water song and we then sang man of our other songs with great joy.
There is a concrete water flow type of area there and they discovered that and had a great time going up and down and up and down it.  There were spots to sit and see if one could see frogs. Some of the children did. There were lot’s of Tule plants which I cut down for fishing poles.  Later on I made boats for about half the group and a bigger one for all of them.  The big one they all gathered a lot of plant matter and put in there with well wishes.  They then blew and blew to send it off. Well, it didn’t go very far because there was not much wind.  They were sad that the boat wasn’t going any where so I suggested that we call upon Brother/Sister wind to come and blow and, sure enough, THEY DID!  The wind came, they looked up and, the boat blew further along in the lake. YEAH!!!
When Davey got his boat it turned out he wanted to put it in the water but when it went to far out to get he was very sad.
We found some beautiful Yerba Buena that has a wonderful fragrance to it.  There was much excitement about the different colored Dragon flies and all the different bird sounds that we heard.  They all kept getting busy and involved with one thing after the next and it was a joy to see and be apart of.