Sometimes it’s so nice not to have to be anyway or even want to go anywhere. It’s great to have a home and garden that we enjoy ambling around in.
This Sunday was just one of those that called for some home-time chilling. My view from the sofa…
Though Dan did need to take our *puppy* – Sophie – middle child, extremely active, for her daily run. She definitely needed to stretch her legs a little further than the bounds of the garden. They headed off into the local bush for a couple of hours with a pair of walkie talkies. She climbed a few hills, swung on a few monkey bars, ran rings around her Daddy and then brought him home.
Meanwhile, Charlotte had been busy engineering a mini-flying fox mechanism to get supplies down to the ‘Happy Den’.
Charlotte and Sophie then spent the afternoon playing in the garden and ‘Happy Den’.
Our neighbour’s children came over to join in the play too. The sound of children’s laughter and cooperative play was like music in the sunshine. (Of course it isn’t always like that and sometimes ‘screen’ time takes over, but this was a nirvana moment to take stock of!)
Even Alice found a way to join in – even if she was in her ‘Birthday suit’!
She rediscovered her clothes later on and helped water the butterfly garden…
With her hairband stylishly worn in her own unique way…
Sophie later made a mini-flying fox for one of Alice’s toy ducks…
Which further evolved into a ‘theme park’ for ducks – with wheel-barrow rides, tight-rope walking and tea-cup rides!
We are so thankful for our little oasis by the sea. We only found out last weekend, from a neighbour, that our land used to belong to the Catholic Church and be home to horses as a grazing paddock! Sophie would have loved that!
There’s not much land for grazing these days, but plenty for playing, imagining and creating.
A home for the birds to shelter, thrive and feast.
A place for fairies to dance between worlds.
A place for children to feel safe and free.
All picture perfect on a sunny, Sunday afternoon.