11 March 2012

i see condemned tree, my children see . . .

Greetings all,
Today we headed down to the Kingston Foreshore on Lake Burley Griffen, thinking it would be 'done up' by now (it wasn't) but i parked & let the children run free ahead of me.  I saw this condemned tree, must have fallen due to the endless rain, landing over the storm water canal.  I knew what would happen next . . .
 like they were in a trance, being pulled by the lure of the Bridge to Terabithia & adventure.
 Great way to work off the muffins, cup cakes & macarons we had just bought at Old Bus Depot Markets. 
 I wish we had a climbing tree at home, we have a sad solo stick tree, it's pathetic.
 Shoes were kicked off . . . climbing high & far out of sight, eaten up by the branches.
 Like this shot, carrying her ballet flats like her life depends on it!!  I love listening to their games & imaginations going wild.  Twigs were broken off & made into wands, spells were cast & they had a ball. 
 Tee hee, always a sister lurking behind your back!!
 See, look closely, behind the orange Tshirt on the right!!
 How amazing is this bark??  Stunning, but it's has rubbed off all over their new jeans!!
 Yes, that is a child about to fall on the right.
 Here is one landing & laughing it off!! 
People often tell me that their children can't/ won't climb trees.  I don't understand.  When we lived in Darwin we inherited 3 neighbourhood trampolines (neighbours moved or upgraded) & my 4 children, aged 8 & under, positioned the trampolines so they could leap out of the Jacaranda & Palm trees - landing on a one, then bounce to the next.  No broken bones people, sometimes you have to trust their ability & judgement.
 Oh delicious, lavender & honey macaron, mmmm. 
Such a lovely day out, free park fun in glorious weather!!  Home to gobble down our market olives & ride bikes, then we munched on the most delicious wholemeal sour dough bread with soup for dinner.  I bought some pizza bases from the market too, for lunch tomorrow (not quite up to making my own dough yet) as it's a public holiday - Canberra Day, partying like we're 99.  Love Posie


Kate said...

Mine do that - climb a tree and then swing from the branches and land on the trampoline. Tree climbing is handy when you need someone to get the lemons from way up the top!

Felicity said...

Tree climbing was one of my favourite pasttimes as a kid....teen and I wish we had some big enough that I could still do it.

As for the delish treats - srummy!

Happy week ahead,

The Accidental Housewife said...

We love climbing trees...only they are still so little, it's more "being propped up a tree and hanging on". They still get the lovely feeling of being encased in leaves and gripping the rough bark in the breeze, so they think it's wonderful. Our favourite is a low branch near the Bus Depot Markets.... so I'm hoping that wasn't the tree that fell over! I'm loving these sunny days again.

Coal Valley View said...

Great photos-I can just see Handsome soldiers eyes light up when he sees this post of his offspring frolicking amongst the trees. My kids love climbing trees too :-)

I loooove those markets, used to go there all the time when I lived there and I bought hubby's first gift, an artwork, from there.

Mel xx

Ps sooooo glad your op was a success and those crafty fingers of yours will be back in business again soon.

polkadotpeticoat said...

Love your 99 reference Momma , That tree looked like thee most amazing almost grown up jungle gym....your kids would have doing anything, what a great trait you have passed on to them!!

TexWisGirl said...

Absolutely awesome!

Jan-Maree said...

Oh I miss the days of taking my kids to the park - in fact I miss the days of taking my kids anywhere other than dropping them off or picking them up- they are way too cool to actually be anywhere with mum these days - enjoy them while you can!

shelley said...

Sounds like the perfect day to me,kids,trees and food!!!

Woollybutt Hill said...

Love the tree climbing. Looks so pretty and green. First warm day with spring coming for us and yes my kids were out tree climbing ( and making mud pies/ bricks). Nothing so nice as a sunny day outside exploring nature. M.

Michelle said...

Climbing trees is the best fun, you're never to old to climb a tree :)

The Provincial Homemaker said...

Sounds like a gorgeous way to spend the day - and some yummy treats too.

Calico Child said...

Oooh what a wonderful day I wish there was a tree like that by me I would be up there with the kids hee.
We had an apple tree in our garden & my sister & I used to climb it & head on over to our neigbours Mr & Mrs lewis (they had no kids) a drink & fig biscuits used to be waiting :)) what great memories a tree can bring x

Mum on the Run said...

Hee hee.
Oh - bringing back such happy childhood memories.
I looooved getting lost in a tree!
I love your willingness to let the kids, um, be kids?!!
:-) xx

Tania McCartney said...

Look at that green grass! LOVE the tree shots. x

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Megan said...

I loved tree climbing as a child. It's funny, Mum wouldn't let me and my sister go on trampolines because they were 'dangerous and we might fall off and break a leg' but we were allowed to climb trees. Go figure!

I'm with you, no good climbing trees at my place and there is nothing I want more! Not that I have kids, but I would still consider going up it occasionally.. at least a little way. I want one with a nice long outstretched branch for hanging a swing under. That would be Perfect!

The other thing I loved doing was rock climbing. Not proper rock climbing but going to the local big rock (there's one near every country town in WA, of varying sizes) and climbing it, jumping over the cracks, climbing over the boulders, finding paths to the top. Being smug about my long legs because it meant I could stretch up further and reach down easier. Still love doing that too!

Paperklip said...

Ah, what fun!

Nancy said...

My husband (the soldier) used to climb trees 45 years ago. His neighbour would come out and yell at him to come down - I think it probably sent him up higher. He remembers referring to her as Crabby Abby - there is nothing like a good climbing tree.

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Nothing like climbing a tree. It was always the climbing back down that got me in trouble. Love the Bus Depot markets, love the food and craft and coffee!

Lizeylou said...

I have never wanted to climb a tree as much as I do right now - such great photos!

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