We took a drive out to a beautiful pine forest yesterday and proceeded to wander around it with some friends. I didn’t think I liked pine trees very much, always favouring the familiar pale greens and greys of the Australian bush over the grim regiment of large pines. Yesterday though, these slender ladies made quite an impression on me.
It was quiet and magical in amongst the forest, and the ground was soft underfoot, covered in rusty brown needles.
I packed a simple picnic of cookies, hommus and avocado wraps, cacao and almond milk hot chocolate and a few jars of nuts, seeds and fruit which we nibbled and sipped on throughout the day – you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great day out with your family. In fact, I’d suggest that the best of days are those like these; open ended with possibility and an eagerness to explore.
Pixie’s kinder teacher said to me the other day (when I was asking if the kinder lantern night was still going to go ahead due to rain): “Someone once said to me, there’s no such thing as bad weather, there’s only unsuitable clothing.” It’s true, we should get out into nature as often as possible, regardless of the weather.
And that is just what we intend to do, as many days of the week as we possibly can.
Aside from planning our next outdoor adventure, we’ve been spending the school holidays cleaning out the house and shuffling bedrooms around. We live in a pretty small house by today’s standards, and with three children we are constantly struggling with excess. I won’t get into it now, but it’s fair to say this has been taking up the majority of our time these holidays and the forest was a welcome distraction yesterday!
That, along with a few drives, walks, a teething baby and trips to the farmer’s market has kept us busy enough.
But as I’m typing, we are also texting our friends who are staying near the forest, and we’ve had our arms twisted – we’re going back for the night! Better go and pack, it always takes longer than you think.
Enjoy your week. I hope you too find the space for some green and wintery things.