Every member of the Ses Milanes family wakes up early and the first thing they do is look out the window; Is it sunny? or is it raining? They prepare all their forest equipment: the snack, the water bottle, the spare clothes, etc.
At 08:45 the first Milanes begin to arrive at the meeting point; the park des Garrigó. There they greet their companions and the welcoming energy wakens those who were still half asleep. Around nine-thirty they leave the park, say goodbye to the families and enter the forest. They look for the best place to lay their blanket; if it is cold they place it in a sunny place, but on warmer days, they place it in the cooler shaded areas under the trees. The blanket indicates the beginning of a new day in the forest, full of possibilities.
Once the blanket is laid, the first thing is to say good morning to the rest of Ses Milanes. The song makes everyone a protagonist for a moment, and name after name, they greet each other. The birds have been patiently waiting for the snacks to come out of lunchboxes. From the branches, they watch how some of the Milanes share homemade food, prepared with attention and delicacy.
Once they have collected and stored their food, the adventure begins. The morning passes according to the rhythm of the children. Free and spontaneous play leads to the discovery of new worlds and new paths to explore.
In Ses Milanes one identifies flora and fauna and observes the geometry of natural forms. The children construct, write and even mould mud figures. They climb trees whilst dreaming up fantastic stories, travelling on the wings of imagination; to surprise us with the colours of the leaves, to let ourselves be carried away by the perfume of a flower.
The little Milanes can eat when they like, but around midday, there’s a chance for a second snack as a group. This time is also an important time to take a little break after a long morning. After eating, there will still be time to watch, read or tell a story or a little more free play.
At half-past one, they fold away the blanket. That indicates that the morning is about to end. But before leaving they do a little ritual with songs, dances or stories. On some days a small assembly (also known as a circle of the word) allows them to express what they lived in the morning, what they feel or something they want to share.
And then yes, a “Goodbye forest, see you tomorrow, thank you for this day!” echoes among the treetops of Sa Comuna.
Finally, the little Milanes direct their steps to the Park des Garrigó. There, some of the families are already waiting for them, others will soon arrive. They will be able to take advantage of the time, playing on the swing and climbing frame, before saying goodbye. See you tomorrow!