It was turning into a wonderful fall afternoon for Frank, Sammy and Maple as they headed down to the Woodland World stream. They were excited to meet up with Dean and Bruno at the old swimming hole. The river was starting to get cold and the gangs swimming days were coming to an end for the season.
When they arrived, Bruno was spreading out a blanket and setting up for a picnic feast. Dean, the moose, was laughing and splashing around in the cool water with Spritz. Sammy, who raced ahead of his friends, flew high in the sky and dove like an arrow into the river.
Maple eased her way to the edge of the stream and tentatively stuck in a talon. "Oh! It's already so cold, I think I'll just hang out in the sun and warm my feathers".
"Don't be so silly Maple, come on in it's so refreshing" said Dean as he pranced through the water with his antlers held high.
"I agree with you Maple" said Bruno, "Besides I don't want to get my hair all wet. It took me forever to get it just right". Bruno peered into the stream to catch his reflection. He pointed to the handsome image that reflected back at him "Here's lookin' at you kid". Spritz rolled around in the water laughing with his friend.
As they all splashed and played Frank floated up stream away from the gang where he knew the fish would not be spooked. Bears like the element of surprise! He looked back at the scene down the river. Frank was filled with happiness watching all his Woodland World pals playing together, sharing and enjoying the day.
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Kids are back in school, daily routines and schedules are being finalized, apples are being picked, and Halloween is around the corner. The weather in Maine is crisp in the morning and warm in the afternoon. The debate of when to turn the heat on or light the first fire of the season has already begun. The leaves are turning yellow and lightly scattering in the yard. T shirts and shorts are being stored away to make room for sweaters and boots. Looking out our office window the squirrels are busy with endless gathering, letting us know winter is coming. This is one of our favorite times of the year at eco-kids.
This weekend we do our annual visit to the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. A weekend full of talking with like minded people who still have their hands in the dirt. Farmers, artists, bakers, craftsmen and craftswomen, all coming together to bring their worldly knowledge to one small village.
This is the one place where I feel comfortable letting my 8 year old son off on his own. He is most likely eating apples, listening to bluegrass or sliding down the grassy hill riding cardboard sleds with other vendors and fair goers kids.
If you are in need of breathing out and remembering what life is all about then head North!
If you're able to come to Unity, Maine and be a part of the Common Ground Fair, come stop by and say hello to us at our booth in the Maine Market Place.
It’s a beautiful September day! Fall is in the air under the meeting tree in Woodland World.
Frank, the bear, is busy raking up the crispy colorful leaves. He was unaware that Maple and Sammy were hiding up in the huge tree. They love playing tricks on their woodland friends, especially as it is getting close to spooky Halloween.
Every time Frank turned his back thinking he had raked up all the leaves, Maple and Sammy would drop more down to the ground. Orange, red and gold rained down from the tree. Frank would look around and think he was done when all of a sudden, there were more leaves!
Frank started to guess that something was amiss, especially when he heard giggling coming from up above.
“I know you’re up there Maple and Sammy!” exclaimed Frank.
“Oh Sammy...we were giggling too loud” whispered Maple "He's on to us!" Sammy and Maple came out of hiding and flew down to the lowest resting branch on the tree.
“Hi Frank...it was us. Hee hee hee...what are you going to do today?” asked Sammy
“WELL... I thought I would go fishing, if I could just finish raking all these leaves!”
Sammy, Maple, and Frank all had a good giggle. Laughing, raking and blowing the leaves with their birdy wings they all cooperated together to finish the task.