These days

The days start early, like they always do, when the birds start to sing and the sun is still rising. The girls hop into bed as soon as their grandparents are awake to snuggle in, read stories and watch them drink hot tea as they rub sleep from their eyes. The dog under the bed covers brings giggles of delight and growls of intolerance from the Jack Russell.

After breakfast we trot down to the pool to settle into swimming, sunshine and hopefully a page or two read from our books. It never happens, there is always someone to look out for, to watch, a new trick to acknowledge and admire. Lollies are used as bribery to get them out of the pool but are soon forgotten as they lie down on their towels and the sun dries up the drips of water on little arms and legs alongside the growing fruit trees in the orchard.

After lunch there is always something to see or do. A ride on a tractor, a walk down to the river, a drive in the truck to collect mail, or drop rubbish off.

Another swim is required to cool off before afternoon tea, more swims, walks and adventures.

Two exhausted girls crash into bed early, dreaming peacefully of the promise of the new day and all that it will bring. The adults toast the sunset with a wine under the wisteria followed by a delicious dinner, laughs and solving the problems of the world. This is our happy place. These are our summer holidays. And this? Is heaven.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11526632640608597064 Jane

    Wow. Sounds like paradise…. the view from the pool is just too perfect for words! xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13272090974052486539 Mrs Woog

    Directions please? I will bring the Hendricks x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16543791863884733714 Mum on the Run

    Serenity now.
    Heaven on earth – with wine.
    How are you going to leave??

    I’m really happy for you – but my kid with the throat infection and my stinky blocked toilet are making it hard to express my delight!!
    :-)))

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00859110942745952818 TAHNEE

    heaven indeed. oh beth i love you, but i hate you right now. one with pneumonia, one with conjunctivitis and virus, littlest with virus, me with virus…… that place looks like pure magic. enjoy x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17531986209823260341 Amelia

    Mate BLOODY GORGEOUS. Clearly the secret to sleeping children is a pool. You’ve got the room, right? Off you go now, twist Rob’s arm. X

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12173085007473641503 Down that Little Lane

    Oh how I wish for a pool, no cash or room but I would just leave them in there all day!! Have fun xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05734856795923488026 Rachael

    The girls look so happy. Reminds me of visiting my grandparents when we were little. Have a great holiday!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10085079211685079914 Mili O

    The drive is sooo worth it. Enjoy!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12865243313251661010 Two Aussies in Bots with a Baby

    You are one lucky lady Beth! Enjoy it all :) x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00458222909200019011 Nicole

    What a delight. The whole lot. The outlook is amazing – where is this?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18133173713045801244 vancybec

    Literally. Green. With. Envy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10208633197266540403 Maryandlil

    So so so lovely!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04317534900707936353 Karla {Ironmum Karla}

    Bliss…sounds awesome and that pool is just magical!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15049049486292603860 Miss T

    Jesus, Beth! where is that place???

  • http://www.hcgourmet.com.au/ Alli @ High Country Gourmet

    Is this your parent’s house? Fabulous. What a wonderful post Christmas chill out

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11556843852780239036 Cat

    Oh heaven indeed! What a gorgeous retreat in every sense of the word. Have a fabulous time xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07764594133665500630 5webs

    It sounds so very lovely…thanks for posting the pics :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13151973819133926868 Mama of 2 boys

    Yep, as always, lovin your pics lady. Blissful sweet memories, right. there.
    That pool is da bomb! xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05500173032095264013 Amba @ Team Mummy

    That looks amazing Beth, have a fab new years! Thanks for a great read this year.
    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02342964551670533557 Gabrielle

    What an amazing year it’s been! Fab photos :)