At Middle Cove the garden is missing its young gardeners immensely.
The “school class” that is, students still attending the campus each day, come down to the garden every morning and keep a watchful eye on the vegetables and flowers that are growing, measuring our pumpkins, watching our bees visit their favourite flowers and plant seeds for our winter harvest. The older students have been coming down to the garden again later in the day and getting to work. They have been helping to tend the garden beds, harvesting late summer crops, erecting protective barriers to deter our wildlife visitors and enjoying the beauty of autumn in the garden. We are also doing some preparation in the garden to make way for the new outdoor garden classroom. The banana trees have had to be relocated for the short term. The children have been a great help in keeping our garden well loved and cared for. For those missing the garden, here is a video of Sandra Frain taking care of the flowers and vegetables.
Whilst it’s quieter at Castlecrag, we have been busy cleaning, washing and gardening, preparing all of our beautiful classrooms and grounds for the time when we can all return. The colours of our washing, some pretty plants and the blooms are a reminder of how special this place is to us all. Whilst the children are at home, we will care for Castlecrag until you all return. Notice how the ‘Lantern Bush’ is beginning to grow its proud lanterns for the coming of Winter, and how the Cosmos flowers are simply bursting with colour! We also have five of the Middle Cove hens here on holiday and thanks to our local families for looking after them so lovingly for us!
Thank you to Stephanie who recorded some of our professional development work together in the ” Dig in the Mud ” (July 11-15, 2016 ) in Perth. We adventurers sang, storied and transitioned to outdoor play. Then ‘Doll’ making, all the while “releasing the storyteller within “. We learned how to fulfil our individual destiny making unique felted slippers. We made healthy compost and studied the components of the Biodynamic medicines for healing our earth. Exploring the land in the hills outside Perth brought joy and mirth to our exploration. We made butter, cheese and sourdough bread, later we wove our biographical rags and “dry felted” our destiny slippers. Finally a celebratory festival choreographed by All and embellished by natural dying thanks to queen Lindy . Our daily studies of all topics related to early childhood care-education deepened our knowledge of ourselves. We made our own colourful historical journals to record our stories and visions of the stand alone week. Thanks to all brought teary acknowledgement : our visionary coordinator Jenny Hill , our generous hostess Rose, and our tea/lunch detail mother : Lesley. I give thanks to the group for their hearty appreciation of my offerings, and gifts from the Nature Kingdom too. As we made our last embraces, we pledged to enjoy learning together again.
Vietnam, May 2016