Thursday, July 4, 2013

the whole farm tour

Miss Pepper met Immy for the first time two weeks before she was born.

I was standing next to her Mum at the chai tent at the Sunday market and being equally enormously pregnant, we got chatting. We spoke of due dates and baby names and cravings and how over it we both were. And we spoke of how our babies would be friends and grow up together and have lots of adventures.

And over their five years on earth, they have.

As little babies, as little dancers, sometimes at bush kinder and this year at school.

Today Immy came over to our house and as she walked in she exclaimed that she wanted to go on an adventure and see Pepper's whole farm.

So they set off.

Miss Pepper started the tour at the site of all the rooster blood from yesterday. She explained the entire process to Immy. Immy said she knew you had to say 'thank you for your life' to the rooster but then she would have to look away. Miss Pepper said she loved eating roosters and thinking about it was making her feel hungry. Immy said her too.

And then they walked through the forest along the dry creek bed. I thought it looked terribly enchanted. They thought it was terribly prickly.

They climbed under branches, over logs, around thistle bushes and screamed abracka-zizzle-pops to make magic doors open.

They told secret stories about fairies and moss,

 about the chicken the fox got,

and about all the crunchy leaves.

And then they scrambled through the prickly hawthorn bushes and into the open air.

They stopped to pull the thorns out of their leggings and shoes and to examine their scratches and then made their way to the farmer boys who were harvesting beetroot.


They helped out for a while, pulling big purple bulbs out of the ground.

And then they came across a beetroot that was so massively gigantic that it needed three people to pull and pull and pull...


Hooray!!

But the fun didn't stop there.

After the gigantic beetroot came the enormous carrot babies.

And the huge carrot noses.

But after all that adventuring they were so tired they could barely walk and needed to hitch a ride up to the house on the tractor.

The rest of the afternoon was spent playing with bunnies and baskets.

Oh to be a five year old adventurer. Such uncomplicated fun. Such a big wide world to explore. So many gigantic adventurous opportunities.



xx

54 comments:

  1. This is gold Kate...in so many ways x

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  2. M had such a similar day with her friend Izzy. Whose mum I met in antenatal classes, who was born a week after M and has been her besties from that moment. They played today, games involving fairies and wolves and they shriek and giggle so much, the danced and sung and R thought they were the funest thing she had ever seen. I love how much they love each other. The cackles and giggles. X

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  3. I want to live where you live xx

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  4. This is one of my favourite posts of your families adventures I think!
    Oh to be a five year old adventurer!xx

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  5. How did you even stand that amount of cuteness?

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  6. Would love for my five year old to have the farm tour... Great fun.

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  7. Five is just delightful in so many ways. It is one of the ages I struggle with since it seems to be so much about establishing ones self as a person with wills of your own but this time around I'm finding it easier. Is it boys? Do they stay little a bit longer? We'll see. Right now I'm just soaking it in.

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  8. That was the bestest whole farm tour ever! They look like they simply have to be friends - their style is the same. Oh the sweetest little ones. What a day they had.

    There is so much magic in your life - thank you for sharing the magic that you see and feel. It makes me know there's more magic here than I see, and to look out for it more. (And by magic, yes I do mean all the moss and fairies, but actually I mean the beauty of simply following the rambling walk and talk of two little creatures who teach us so much by their wonderful enjoyment and being in the moment). xx

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    1. Magical was the word that came to my mind as well.

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  9. Aren't they absolutely gorgeous? My five year old is so desperately ready for the school holidays and some days of wandering and playing. One more day to go! xK

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  10. What a fabulous blog you do write! Lucky children!

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  11. oh SO wonderful, kate! and those gigantic veg! x

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  12. WOW!
    I think my kids need a Bush Kinder! oh, and to live on a farm
    (we do have land, but not living there :(

    :)
    Lauren

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  13. What an amazing adventure! Thank you or sharing.

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  14. Oh if only all little people had the chance to be so free and involved. xxx

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  15. Hi Kate! To be five years old seems to be truly a blessing. Especially when living in such a gorgeous environment. Thanks for sharing.
    Sonja from Hannover, Germany

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  16. Wonderful. It would be great to be 5 again!

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  17. How lovely:) To see life through the eyes of a 5 year old - wouldn't it be wonderful? Those carrots are amazing! Mine a teeny tiny!

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  18. This warmed my soul. Thanks my girl is 5 and she loves to be outside too, so much to see and do and find out about. Jo x

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  19. Beautiful Kate! This post could be a published children's book. Seriously!! I am going to read it to my children tonight at bedtime. I know they will love the images too. Run this one past Penguin. xx

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  20. Oh my goodness- that was just about the cutest thing! Looks like those adventurers had a stellar time!

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  21. Isn't that just the most perfectly divine adventure for a pair of 5 year olds? Experiences like those must make all the hard times so worth it. Just pure childhood magic!

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  22. I love the farm tour story Kate, lovely words and pictures.

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  23. That was the most beautiful, and sweetest glimpse into a very blessed and magical scene! The girls are so lovely and their simple joy just radiates, thank you so much for this glorious posting, Mary Anne

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  24. Kiddy adventures, is there anything better?!

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  25. In Germany, there is a singer-sonwriter (Fredrik Vahle) who writes songs for children. When I saw your darling photo of the three people trying to pull out the beetroot, I instantaneously thought of this one song: Die Rübe (The turnip). It is about a very, very big turnip that just can't be pulled out. But then more and more children come to help and in the end, all together they manage. :-) I think we sang that in kindergarten when I was a kid about 24 years ago.

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  26. Really lovely post Kate. What an adventure; moss, feathers tractor rides and a giant beetroot! So glad to have discovered your beautiful blog through the fab Masterclass last weekend. 5 is just divine isn't it (I have one of those too)! My now 9-year old also has a special friend he has known since they were both in their mummy's tummies. It's a special friendship documented on our fridge door with faded photos of two chubby bubbies laying on our loungeroom floor. Both are now giants!

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  27. I'm going to read this picture book to Che and Poet tomorrow x

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  28. beautiful story <3 and storyteller too x

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  30. Oh to be 5 and free! Gorgeous!

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  31. I think this is one of my favourite posts you have written. It reminded me a bit of when I was a child and would read my Enid Blyton books-the faraway free, the enchanted wood and so forth. The imagination and wonder of children is so precious. Thanks for sharing Kate.

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  32. Just breathtakingly perfect. X

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  33. Just glorious - reminds me of my own childhood on the farm! xx

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  34. Such precious memories to capture. It reminds me so much of my childhood and time spent looking for fairies. Abracka - zizzle - pops - love it. This would be beautiful made into a story book for them both.

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  35. I have just found your blog and thoroughly enjoyed reading backwards over the last few pages. What an amazing life you lead!

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  36. How magical! I can just imagine how much fun it must have seemed to the pair of them to go adventuring through the farm. Looks CHILLY though!

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  37. What a lovely adventure! Beautiful pictures of cute girls. Isn't wonderful to watch the little ones explore?

    :) Line

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  38. I was looking forward to your next post and I was not disappointed. Wonderful pictures! :-) And charming story. I understood that it is winter where you are. Do you have snow. too?

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  41. Ok Kate... i just sighed and smiled. I was on a Hot Chocolate date with my teenage son just the other day and he asked me what sort of games I played as a child. (In all truth he was expecting the name of a digital computer game, however ancient... in fact he smiled and said cheekily - Let me guess Mum... Pac-Man?) I told him that even though computers were emerging my childhood days were spent playing games of the imaginary sort - and growing up on the highveld of South Africa meant that a lot of those adventures were indeed tackled outdoors. What a blessing. Lucky for me my boy has an impressively balanced approach to entertainment. We refer to screen time in our house as something that really needs to be approached as treat rather than a necessity. How long this will last for when it comes to future generations who knows. I just feel so lucky to have been a part of this sacred adventure - thank you. ♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  42. Reminds me of one time when I was small and had to show my friend my whole house and it took forever, then it was time for her to go home. Love the tour!

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  43. Absolutely gorgeous pictures Kate. They made me smile :-)

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  44. Not sure who I found you via....my head is blogging mad today, but i'm glad i found you anyway. A lovely post, i'll be back. x

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  45. Oh, the friendships of childhood, and the space and time to adventure and imagine. You make me yearn for more school holidays and we have only been back for three days in WA :)

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  46. I just read this to my Miss 5... we're moving to a farm in December and she is so excited! Now she wants to have a day of farm adventure too.

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