Saturday, June 30, 2012
Love and friendship under the Oak tree ...
Frankie, Jyra, Samson and Francesca spent most of wednesday under the big Oak tree. Seeing it having dropped most of it's leaves in recent weeks and walking through the carpet of leaves underfoot was a wonder and like balm.
It was gentle ... and we had the sun peeking at us from across the river warming us from the cool air ... and contentment abounded.
All gusto was burnt up quickly with some fun on the big hill near by. Jyra set her sights on reaching the top ... and she did feeling mighty proud of herself along the way and very happy once she reached the top. On that down hill run, she may as well have had skis underfoot (I can see Tess and Jamin smiling at the thought of that right now :) ) ... and she wound her way down, legs bent, a little body sway and a big smile.
Once all the energy for that was spent, little huddles of play went on for hours. Digging, creating, making beauty ... and the magpies came to visit too. The children now aware to be still ... Samson had one magpie come right up close and they looked at each other in curious stillness almost eye to eye. I didn't even want to move to get that pic in case the magic of the moment and all Samson's wonder were lost in a flash.
Francesca and Frankie, backs to the sun making little handfuls of beautiful things and whiling the time chatting as they warmed up.
Samson and Jyra, most industrious in play and totally engaged with and enjoying each other.
There was immense satisfaction for everyone in the gentle, deep uninterrupted hours we spent under our much loved Oak tree.