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Sunday, July 4, 2010

I love you little chicken and Limbo Rock ...

Thursday before last, as I milled around with the little gang along for the day near the wood fired oven, I was talking to Winston and turned to Ava behind me, who was talking with us and Winston said, 'In with the chickens'.

Ava had taken herself into the chicken house five steps behind us and I quietly moved over to see what she was up to. 

This was a brave moment for Ava, taking herself in there by alone ... ... the chickens on mass can be pretty overwhelming when you aren't much taller than they are.

When I looked in, I could see through the back of the open chicken coop inside and Ava was there with her little arms under her head resting on the opening as she peered in.  One hand reached out unaware at first I was there and as she sang to herself, she tenderly stroked the back of the chickens neck with one little finger. 

A moment of pure reverie and gentle love with the chicken very contendedly snuggled in.

As you can see in the photo, Winston soon went in behind to see what she was doing and after turning to see Winston, unperturbed, Ava continued to stroke the chicken ever so gently...

Thursday just gone, we were in the horse arena down the back playing in the sand and rolling the big drums and having heaps of fun.

All of a sudden a huge mob of older kids arrived, about 30 of them, part of a holiday group.  They flooded into our play space oblivious to the little folk playing.  Each of the children lifted their heads, stood on the spot and watched the chaos. 

Two adults with the older children picked up a pole used for horse jumps and started a limbo competition, right around where Ava and Winston were playing.  As I moved closer to make sure Ava and Winston weren't overwhelmed by all this, I saw in fact how capable they both are. 

One of the adults had just explained the limbo and Winston and Ava, standing totally wide eyed and innocent and not fazed by the crowd at all, looked at each other, moved into the middle and straight away had their turn at Limbo.  All the older kids wore faces of amazement and they just stood back while Ava and Winston laughed and leant back and followed each other round under the limbo pole a few times. 

The competition had instantly become a spontaneous and very delightful Limbo show thanks to Ava and Winston, totally oblivious of everyobody watching them. 

Spontaneous, intent to try what they'd just heard was possible, totally unfazed by all the unknown faces atop much taller bodies, very funny and in total joy together.

No picture I'm sorry to say, just keeping an eye on the larger crowd and letting myself take in what was happening was all I could manage ... ... I trust you can see it with your minds eye.

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