Boys being boys

The Monster and Me Photo - Swinging

The Monster and Me Photo - Swinging

The Monster and Me Photo - Kids playing

The Monster and Me Photo - Kids playing

The Monster and Me Photo - Country Mullumbimby

The Monster and Me Photo - Boy

The Monster and Me Photo - Boy

The Monster and Me Photo - Boys

The Monster and Me Photo - Boy

These gorgeous boys are one of my best friend, Sally’s three sons (Lachie looks like he could fit in and be a fourth!). Together with her husband they live just outside the eclectic town of Mullimbimby in northern New South Wales. It’s a beautiful part of the world. And the home they have made there is the kind of place you can imagine bringing up three energetic young boys. There is endless space; cows, horses and dogs; creeks and four-wheelers. There’s the odd snake too but it’s a small price to pay.

As an inner-city mama, I’m always inspired by just how much of a positive effect the environment, particularly space to run, seems to have on young kids. The whole time we visited on the weekend, the boys occupied themselves: climbing and digging, running and kicking balls. And it made me think again if living close to the city is so important to us anymore, or if we’d all be happier with a patch of grass and space to move.

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4 comments
  1. goodgollymissholly said:

    We live on the edge of Sydney and I wonder the same. I mean, we have a small-ish backyard but it doesn’t seem enough? We often entertain ideas of moving out around 20 minutes further down in the Southern Highlands where the backyards are so spacious and the kids can go wild! x

    • Laura said:

      Holly, we often find ourselves discussing the same thing. The thing is we are happy enough here, so it’s hard to take the leap and move when nothing is particularly wrong with the current situation. Living in Brisbane I also miss the beach and think it’s a bit sad for Lachie to grow up without it in his life.

      And space for the kids to ‘go wild’ – EXACTLY, because going wild indoors as we know, doesn’t go well!
      x Laura

    • Laura said:

      Oh, it is… so peaceful… well as peaceful as you know it can be with three boys! x

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