Monthly Archives: November 2015

A Break in the Clouds

It had been raining off and on all morning. We were all well layered: hats, gloves, scarves, and maybe an extra jumper on top of the usual waterproof gear.

We managed to find a break in the rain and set off hand in hand, bound for Meanwood Park.

Daisy the horse was in her field, maybe, just maybe anticipating a visit from us. We sang our song, “Daisy, Daisy, Give me your answer do. I’m half crazy all for the love of you!” (Cute bit of trivia: Daisy Bell also known as Bicycle Built for Two, was the first song sung by a computer.) Without any hurry she cruised over to us and with measured bites chomped up the carrots and apples we offered her. The children’s hands reached through the fence to stroke her curled and wet coat.

A few minutes later as we were under the protection of our adopted wet weather yew tree, the sun came out. It was low on the horizon and reaching through the leaves and pine needles, it lit up the face of one of the children. He closed his eyes and with a smile on his face and addressing no one in particular, I overheard him say, “When I close my  eyes I can see heaven.”

Singing Lanterns

Preparations for Friday’s Diwali and Martinmas Walk have occupied our activities for the past month.

We’ve paced it out so it hasn’t been exhausting, grueling, or even a slight hardship. Way back in early October we collected leaves from the trees around the yard and made rubbings with them on large thick sheets of paper. We made lovely impressions using all the materials available to us: crayons of yellow, orange, red, brown, and gold- the colors of Autumn.

The illustrations were then hand oiled by each artist before being folded, cut, glued, and pinned together to create the lanterns you all will see on Friday.

We began singing the two songs associated with Diwali and Martimas at mid term, and for the past week each Kindergarten class has been practicing the art of walking with a delicate, yet surprisingly hardy lantern. There have been a couple tears shed after lantern breakdowns (yes, we can repair those), but on the whole the processions have been reverent, fun, and I for one can’t wait to see the lanterns all lit up at dusk accompanied by the voices of the Beechtree community.