He has talked about this view forever, the man in our home and once or twice tried to share it with each of us only to find the track has been closed. Yesterday we packed the picnic basket and made our way down the Great Ocean Road. Through forest and dense scrub we bounced along the old fire track. Thirty years earlier on that very day the forest here was being ravaged by Ash Wednesday bush-fires. We marveled at the old trees still blackened from fire and how wonderful it is to see a landscape renewed. He slowed the car at the very top where the trees started to thin and we emerged from the bush upon a hilltop.
The most breathtaking view I think I have ever seen.
Next to me he smiled and it was a smile I had not seen before. After fifteen years together I thought I had all of his expressions etched in my mind, but this one was new to me. He looked overwhelmed with happiness. Almost at one with nature and the beauty around us. Three little ladies were captivated and quiet, staring across the landscape toward the ocean. Then they were off racing across the hillside.
Some days the sun shines so bright the ocean and the sky merge together like one.
Tell me, do you have a favourite place, an unforgettable view?
Home 378: View – Great Ocean Road on a gorgeous hilltop
Summer rolls on and each sunshiny day blurs itself into the next. I love this time of year, where the relevance of the day and date is well, irrelevant. Where clocks stop ticking and we have hours on end to potter. Sometimes I will stand out in the yard and breathe deep, soaking up the stillness and ease of it all. Summer fruits are picked before the birds arrive. Window sills are overrun with ripening fruit and eaten as soon as they change colour. The sun rises and the girl’s head outside where they fuss over the hens and play make-believe in the backyard. Bathers clutter the clothesline and I take simple delight in the fact that the sunshine makes fast work of clothes drying. Housework is done more deliberately as the days seem longer and less chaotic. There is time to sit with a cup of tea, savour it and finish it, there is even time to make myself another if I like.
I’m spending lots of time dreaming of ways to ensure all of this can somehow merge more easily with days of routine and busy, for our worlds are soon to collide.
Hope your summer has been a lovely one.
Home 372: Outside – a gorgeous old outhouse (Vic)
Little Blossy turned five last week. Given that she is happiest at play in the outdoors we agreed the best way to celebrate was to host ‘Camp Blossy’ over a long weekend.
It was simple slow living at its best. The cake was chocolate iced by little helpers in the caravan, two twigs and some mini bunting to finish it off.
There was a dance off, a game of bocce, some fishing by the river and a nature scavenger hunt. We baked damper, toasted marshmallows by the camp fire, played on the beach, surfed and went animal spotting on a night walk.
Our party favours were little torches given out with the invitations and a net to dangle in the river or use to catch butterfly’s. It was a little persons heaven on earth.
I’m reminded of how important it is for our children to have freedom in play, to explore, to work as teams, to connect with nature and to value family and togetherness.
A life time of memories treasured over three simple days of camping.
Do you enjoy camping with little ones?
Home 354: Camp - Victoria
The days seem longer during the school holidays. With all of us home together for a few weeks we have written a mini list of things we wanted to do this break….together and for the first time in a while we decided to skip anything that is costly.
We’ve headed outdoors, packed a picnic lunch, walked instead of driven, shared experiences instead of objects and saved a small fortune in the process.
I’m amazed at how little our kiddies really need to keep themselves entertained and how simpler it is now that I have stepped back and allowed them to construct their own fun.
We’ve let the washing pile up, the house get a little more unorganised and left the kitchen bench top to become swamped in paper work. Our bedtime routines have chopped and changed and the mornings are breezy as we slowly begin each day.
We ate our picnic lunch atop of this hill the other day, surrounded by the most amazing view. We’ve walked board walks by the river and built rocks paths across flowing rivers. We’ve run alongside the water cheering on bark boats as the race toward the river mouth. I’m not sure I could have lasted with another week of crazy prior to the break. I’m thankful we have been able to slow down, to feel the sand between our toes and the sun on our skin.
Do you have any penny saving ideas during the school holidays? What inexpensive activities have your little ones enjoyed?
Have you been able to slow down a little?
Home 348: Picnic – Wye River.
We are fast developing a love of canoeing with the girls. There are so many wonderful places to explore from the water. We weave along the river’s edge and paddle with ease down stream. We are dreaming of some time away in LHOW (little home of wheels). A few days of quiet, a couple of canoes and a river to navigate.
Slow travel, quiet and calm.
Canoeing with kiddies, have you given it a go?
Home 346: Canoe – Victoria