March 7, 2017
Waxing Gibbous Moon
Sorich Ranch

Isabella, Ruby absent and Jesse is back.
FYI: Edie now mostly comes on Tues. and Kai comes on Thursdays. All for personal family and school needs. So if you don’t hear about them in the journals it is because of this schedule.

The Sun and clouds continued to play their game of Hide and Go Seek through out the day with warmth and cold warmth and cold as they have been doing for a while.
We went to Sorich Ranch one, because we weren’t sure if the roads were open yet to get to Roy’s Redwoods due to more mudslides and two because it is far sunnier.

They were all happy to see Jesse after his grand trip to Mexico and Jesse was very happy to see everyone too!  When they got in the bus they all sat on one side.  Jake at first didn’t want to sit next to Archer.  I asked if there was something he wanted or didn’t want from Archer. He said he didn’t want Archer to kick him.  He then told Archer this and Archer said, quite happily, “I won’t kick you” and then they were fine.

Edie was the Lovie (stuffed animal) helper today and really enjoyed that.  All but Jesse wanted one of our little soft blankets for their stuffies and they were happy and content. Then, off we went to Sorich where we met Michelle.

When we got there they all got out and went to the big rock. Edie stayed to help me. We took many things and set up our belongings near on the picnic table under the Redwoods.
I took out the grain grinder and we all figured out how to set up. I took out the big hard purple corn and we tried to grind it but, it didn’t really work.

Michelle came, we had circle and we ate some of the YUMMY banana bread that Minna brought. When it was in the bus while we were driving the bus smelled SOOOO good!!! We sang some songs, Michelle read a beautiful book, we ate and then we went to the table. I brought out wheat kernels and the children were all able to grind this grain very well. And, we all felt very satisfied from being able to have this little grinder work.

The stove came out, tea pot put on, water boiled and then poured on the Masa flour. Michelle made corn tortillas with butter while the children gathered and washed , chickweed, sour grass and miners lettuce. This then was put on top of some of their tortillas and they ate up. It was actually then lunch so they continued to eat and finish their lunch.

Seeing them all have such fun working together harvesting and eating the plant materials growing abundantly around us was pure beauty.

After lunch we put everything away, left their packs there and walked to the farm just down the road. There they picked more wild plants to feed the chickens and the roosters.  Jesse spent a lot of time with his ears covered because he really did not like the sound of the loud Rooster. The chickens however gave the sweetest and most gentle songs as they ate.

There was the plant called Filaree there. I made little play scissors from it.

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Then they carefully picked some Calendula flowers to bring home to Mom’s.

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There was a man clearing up old debri and Jake wanted to help him.  Another man came by and gave us a can of chicken feed. The children scattered that around for the chickens and then we made our way back to the bus.

I started to play a game with Jesse, Archer and Kuba where they face away from me/or someone. The person to whom their back is faced walks as quietly as possible towards them with the goal of touching them without being heard. They really liked this game. We had to keep up with the others but they really wanted to play it so we will do more of that. They are very ready now.

They played a little more on the big rock as well as colored a bit in their Nature Books and laid on the grass looking up at the sky before we pilled into the bus and made our way back.

A beautiful and peaceful day.


March 2, 2017
Waxing Crescent Moon
Lake Lagunitas/Bon Tempe lake

Jesse and Isabella gone on holiday.

Kai met us up there and his Mom came with us until about noon.  This was a treat not only for Kai but for us all.  We wanted to take a new adventure to see if we could get to the damn and the other side to Lake Alpine. The road to our spot down there has been closed since one of the first big rains.

We started out at a lovely little spot opened to the sun and there we had a very small circle time.  All the children instantly though got very into all the trees and plants there and started building or creating. Ruby and Jake began their creating a performance which in truth is always on Ruby’s instigation. Jake loves to join in though!  He created an inspired and inspirational center piece with dried plant grasses and pine cones.  We weren’t able to see their performance.  In truth they really are about spending time preparing even when they say they are ready to share! 🙂

Archer found another path that he liked. Kai learned about the jobs and his was Guardian of Safety along with Kuba. He really liked this very much and spent the day making sure we knew where Poison Oak was and I do think he was hoping someone got a little cut so that he could tend to it. Another 🙂 from me here.

We began our journey down the long and new path. The Sun was shining so warmly that we peeled off some of our winter layers. The path wound around peacefully among trees and open sky and all around the beauty of the Lake to our left.   We found beautiful colorful plants that continued to let us know that Spring is Just Around the Corner. They were in such delight over this.  We saw Butterflies and birds of beauty. We saw where the strong rains had washed away some of the trail and we needed to take the “high road” to continue on.

The walk was slow and peaceful. So slow that we decided we indeed had not time to make it to the dam and explore so, what was up ahead???? A gorgeous tree, right near the water with sun and shade and, that is where we went to settle in.

There they found LOT’S of fishing line that was gathered and utilized by some, Kuba mainly, water to play in, grass to relax in and by the end of the day there was quite the games of throwing stones out to the “Midnight Zone” so said Archer.

I was putting some things together while Michelle was with them and it seems that they had many “zones” of good guys and bad guys but with magical names and dimensions. When we went to walk back this carried them all the way home and enabled them to run  and enjoy even when they were tired.

At lunch time they asked for a story so they each gave me something for the story and I made one up they enjoyed. It wound up including all of them but I don’t know if they really realized that or not:).

Kai’s Mother left around noon and we packed up and made our way not to long after that.
Ruby and Jake had gotten a bit wet earlier so when we got back a little changing party took place.

It was another peaceful and delightful day for all.

Feb. 28, 2017
Waxing Crescent Moon
Roy’s Redwoods

Kai and Jesse were absent today.
Archer’s mom joined us again for the morning.

The over all description of the day I would say was fun, easy, peaceful, happy, explorative and group cohesion.

When they got to Roy’s Michelle greeted us with her warmth and radiant smile and all were happy.  They gathered their things and out they went to exactly where they know we go when we are here.  HOWEVER, the ground was still wet where we usually have circle so we set up on a side that was dry.  Isabella and Edie were the Circle Angels and helped clear our circle space for us to sit. They gathered small Redwood bows to mark the spot where the children sit and then they all came in with such grand peace, quiet and readiness.  We sang our songs, gave gratitude to the directions, were thankful for our food and water and made ready for the story.  This story was basically  told on Thursday about how Trilly Trully and Trippy Troopy’s friends all took care of each other with their jobs only the animals were a little different and the story that Trippy Troopy shared was called Rabbits Wish.  A funny story about how Rabbit got a small bushy tail, big back feet, short front legs and why there are puffy puffs on the Willow trees in Spring.  There are many versions of this and you will most likely be able to find some in the Library under the book title Rabbits Wish.

After circle Jake and Edie needed some clothes changing so they went with Michelle.  Kuba wanted to build a dam, Isabella and Ruby were playing happily around the creek and Archer was exploring a “house” at one of the hollowed out Redwood Trees.  Kuba asked me to help him and then I asked him to invite Archer because Archer is not only good at this sort of thing but he really likes to be strong and helpful.  Then Isabella and Ruby were invited then ALL of us, Archer’s mom too chipped in to build the bridge.

Kuba saw a LARGE log and wanted it moved over. So with a lot of umph, strength and team work we all got that LARGE log to change it’s awkward position and then they all went to work filling in the dam.  They weren’t able to finish it by the time we were to go and find SUN! Kuba then said that he really was hoping we would come back on Thursday in order to finish the damn!!!

By this time though his hands were really ice cold from being in the water so off we went to the Sun. Kuba, Isabella, and Ruby had been to where we went but the other children discovered this new place we call Eagle Rock.  Right off the trail and up the hill we found the great rock outcropping and there we set up our camp and settled in.  From there and for the rest of the day peaceful explorations took place.

• Kuba found two lizards as well as Archers Mom and they all LOVED looking at them. Particularly Kuba!
• Edie found one of the teasel plants/hairbrush plants and brushed Michelle’s hair and later on mine
• Archer and Ruby wound up climbing straight up the side of the rock and then later on all of them did this wonderful feat.  ( some pictures will be on our FB page)
• There were stories read, stories told, noticing that we did not see any birds and then we saw the lone Turkey Vulture
• Ruby and Isabella spied a beautiful big house way over on a high hill and it became their castle where they live. They called to their moms and played house with this in such a fun way. All of us were laughing with delight.
• They watched the lawn mower across the way making circles on the grass for the golf course
• Watched the clouds cover the Sun and then uncover the Sun.

When we got back to the bus they were delighted that we were able to draw pictures so we drew pictures of our day remembering all the animals we saw and then, oh yes, I did not mention, I brought out the magnifying glasses that Ruby calls Spy glasses.  They all spent alot of time with those looking closely at so many things.
They asked me to draw them all with their spy glasses and I did.

This was a beautiful and peaceful day, sun shinny almost spring day.