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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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