Martinmas – Lantern Walk

Watercolor painting to make their lanterns

Watercolor painting to make their lanterns

The children gathered together under the warm California skies with brushes and paint to watercolor paint their lanterns.

Each children bringing forth their creations

Each children bringing forth their creations

Reds and yellows were used to illuminate their paper so the beautiful candlelight will shine more intensely.

The little artist delicately frames her painting

The little artist delicately frames her painting

Interesting shades emerged as the reds and yellows danced together.

The paper was folded and stained with oil

The painting was stained with oil and then folded many times

Oil was washed over these paintings to make it translucent for the candlelight to glow through. Once dried the children folded their paper many times creating different angles.

The lines were drawn

The lines were drawn on the inside

We have had German volunteers working on our farm this season so they taught the children some German lantern songs for the walk.

The glowing lantern!

The glowing lantern!

Soft wire was inserted to the top part of the lantern and then joined in the center to attach a bamboo stick.  The lantern hung gently in front of them as they walked.

The lantern walk

The lantern walk

A festive celebration it was!  The parents of Spirit Mountain made delicious healthy soups and the guests brought artisan bread and/or apple cider.

We all joined together to form a large circle as the little school blessed the dinner.  Blankets were laid out on the lawn and meals were enjoyed.  As the sun sank behind the golden hills all the pretty the lanterns were lit. A sweet melody was sung by the children as we walked the farm paths.  We all had a glorious time!

Thank you Lori, and all the children, for this wonderful festival.

 

 

 

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Apple Harvest

 

Apple Orchard

Apple Orchard

Looking out our living room window and across the pond, we have a beautiful view of the apples orchard.  Cheeky squirrels scurry up the branches to steal the fruit and hoard it in their holes for their winter meal.

A basket full of apples

A basket full of apples

The children all gathered their baskets and set out to harvest some apples.  The farm had been neglected for many years.  Now that we have bought it a bit of love, good care and compost should bring the sweet juiciness back into these little fuji apples.

Many of our apples have been eaten by birds and squirrels but at least they left us some.

I picked it

I picked it

Sprightly the children nimbly climbed into the trees to pluck each apple from a branch.  The ladder was used for those high up on skinny branches.

Belle flying high

Belle flying high

As high as the palms.

Little Chloe munching away

Little Chloe munching away

Sweet Chloe likes the little apples that fit so perfectly in her delicate hands.

Rosie fuji

Rosie fuji

A touch of sweetness.

Sani and Misae with their basket full

Sania and Misae with their basket full

The children happy with their basketful of apples.

Autumn Table

Autumn Table

The children at Spirit Mountain School had as much fun as the squirrels during the harvest season.  We all enjoyed apple desserts and juices. They spent an afternoon peeling, slicing and coring the remaining apples and hung them to dry which made delicious treats!

They have been busy crafting little autumn fairies for their Autumn table.  They visited and explored our neighbors ranch to gather pinecones as they have many pine trees lining the pathways to make these sweet little fairies.   Magic Onions has a wonderful autumn fairy tutorial to follow should you wish to make some.

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Photos from Michaelmas

St. George and the people

St. George and the people

Two weeks before Michaelmas, this intimate little group of children from Spirit Mountain School made their new home on our farm. Several children participated in the play including the boys.

Our children have mostly been unschooled, with a Waldorf inspiration.  We did a little lesson here and there but their learning has always been on and around the farm.  With the arrival of the twins I have had little time to guide their learning so decided that a tutor might be needed. While searching around we came across Spirit Mountain school.  They were looking for a new location and we offered the cottage in our home.  They have settled in beautifully.  Their teacher has enjoyed working in a Waldorf teaching environment and provides fun and creative days for the children.  They are loving it and so am I.

The King and Villagers

The King and Villagers

It was Sasha and Sania’s very first play and they performed beautifully.

King George fights the Dragon

St. George fights the Dragon

Sasha was St. George and so proud of his part as he fights the Dragon.

Bowing at the end of play

Bowing at the end of play

The finale!

Tug of War

Tug of War

Feats and courage of strength were displayed by many of the challenging games we had for the children.  The children were to pass through the dragon swamp by stepping from log to log. We had a monkey swing and a  slack line which crossed over hot lava. Balancing beams and the trampoline were fun.  Tug of war was the most humorous of all feats and many went home with blisters on their hands.

The dragon bread the children made

The dragon bread the children made

We all feasted on their fierce dragon bread and enjoyed a healthful potluck brought by all the families who visited.  It was a lovely day.

 

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A day on the farm in CA

Lillies

Lillies

The lilies began to flower after we moved onto the farm, showing their radiant colors.

Children's play house beyond the airstream

Children’s play house beyond the airstream

We have not renovated the warehouse where the airstream will sleep in the future but for now it looks pretty alongside the garden.

Morning mist over our pond

Morning mist over our pond

I couldn’t resist walking out into the garden on such an early misty morning.

Trying out their pony carriage

Trying out their pony carriage

Taking baby brother out for a pony ride.

Watching slugs!

Mesmerized by slippery slimy slugs!

How the boys love to watch little creatures in their natural environment.

Our big babies!

Our big babies!

“Gitane”, pronounced with a j, means gypsy in French, the name we’ve given to this beautiful long maned Haflinger Pony. We are hoping to carriage ride her in the future.

The grass is always greener on the other side

The grass is always greener on the other side

Our other Haflinger pony, they found their way into the garden but not anymore we had the fence put up.

Loving the water

Loving the water

Summer splashing.

 

 

 

 

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