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This blog has been created to allow family and friends to share in and become part of the experience of 'Down at the Farm'.
Enjoy the children, their love for each other and their open hearted wonder and excitement.
Over time you will get to know the farm through their eyes and will see how they spend their day with each other in a very rich, organic way.
Each vignette is a snapshot in time. Follow from one to another, then on to more and you can share in our unfoldment and journey.
Enjoy your visit ...

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Shall we begin...

The weather is warm and as we are all settling and re-acquainting ourselves with the farm and each other, for 2010. We've enjoyed the the return of long term friends and getting to know some new faces too. What is striking already is the incredible kindness the children show each other and the joy they feel for each new moment or each new discovery... ...

On friday Jan 29th, Magnus (pictured here with his little offering of grass for Sally the goat), made his was up the hill from the river, little pointer finger and thumb pressed together and held up towards me as he came, big blue eyes looking straight into mine, 'Ulla, I got ant.' He was so proud of himself and just bursting to share. As he came up close and we looked together, he noticed the ant was very still, looked up and said, 'It won't work'.
Within those few short moments he had traversed, the wonder of his little discovery, the desire to share and his own thrill for this, the acheivement of having climbed the hill and having brought his little discovery to me and then the dismay of his little ant 'not working'. I talked with him about how a little ant needs air and room to move and when we hold it tight, it gets squashed and dies. He gave a little 'Oh' to this news and I told him It's dead now and that's why it doesn't work. He listened wide eyed and with great intent, still watching to see if his ant might just want to get up and try 'to work' some more... ...it felt to me like what mattered to Magnus, was that he wanted me to see it, just like he had in it's little ant majesty so we could be amazed together.

Magnus was soon surrounded by the curiosity of the other children until the little ant dropped from his hand into the grass and the next moment of life as it happened captured his attention.
Below are our first albums for the year. In case you haven't seen one before, candid as they are, you will find yourself getting to know the farm and life through the eyes of the children, their spontaneity, love for the farm and love and enjoyment of each other.

farm 29.01.10

Farm 28.01.10

Farm Dec 09 and Jan 10 K

... ... a slide show from 27.01.10