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Friday, July 13, 2012

Sometimes the simple things ...

Whenever there is a big event in the back paddock, the farm staff let the paddock rest for a bit.  The earth needs time to needs time to recover from the cast of thousands that usually attend and stomp their feet all over the place.   With the Solstice bonfire and markets and lots of rain lately, the land has had a hard time drying out and bouncing back.   Last week a particularly soggy patch got a lift from a digger ... it scraped off a layer of very soggy earth and spread it out a little to help the paddock dry out.

When Anna, Sam, Sonny and Alessia wandered down on thursday morning and saw the change, they all thought they'd discovered something amazing.   A narrow tract of fresh turned soil that hadn't been there before.  Everyone exclaimed, 'MUD!!' ... only to discover it wasn't quite ... more like soft, very moist earth   This wasn't a problem at all.

The children were something else.  They wandered over, took a look, walked on it, jumped on it, sat in it, ran across it, picked it up, poked at it ... then were joined by Boss the kitten who pounced and played with the children ... and more.   

For over an hour and 15mins, this little tract of land was a new land discovered.  The multitude of things the children all found to do was ingenius.

It was all at once, simple and yet profound as they 'got to know' this new place that had arrived before them.   One simple freshly made tract of dirt.

What is this place?  Alessia, Anna, Sam and Sonny walking the land and curious.

Sam and Sonny and Boss

Sonny just taking it all in

Sonny and Sam got a bit of a long jump thing happening.  They decided to run and jump and see if they could get to the other side.   It was a huge amount of fun and great personal challenge.  They also quickly forgot the original intent was to get to the other side ... and the running and taking a flying leap was just plain old heaps of fun.

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