Monday, November 2, 2009

Faraway Trees



Yesterday, on a whim, we jumped in the car,* headed for the hills and ended up in the Dandenong Ranges for a picnic and an explore. Upon arrival there was an audible and simultaneous intake of breath. A fifteen minute drive away and it was all sunny and ‘Where’s my hat?’. In Sherbrooke Forest there were low, slow, passing clouds and MAGIC. Everywhere.



And you know what? There really was. The kids crept on tippy toe or forgot and sprinted in bursts of excitement to every possible fairy tree. My kids ‘believe’ with spirit and vengeance. Since I can still see in my head the fairies who sat and chatted with me on my bedroom window sill when I was a kid, so do I.



There was great debate over which was THE Faraway Tree.**



With this one in strong contention:



There was evidence of strange, magical, potential potion ingredients...



Pleasure in the tiniest details...



And either my eldest knows me well, or I’ve brainwashed her with my texture fixation: ‘Look, Mum!’...



The kid with the short legs did a sterling job of keeping up, then setting the pace, all the while re-styling her hair in the mist with a twirly whirly ‘do’:



The only dampener came from a small boy walking with his father, who called my kid names for finding fun in the small stuff. Sometimes it’s tough holding on to the magic. My boy is holding tight. His imagination took him to grand places yesterday.


* A loose sort of interpretation. I can’t remember the last time the entire family went anywhere wthout some drawn out preamble or palaver.

** As well as discussion over where the Red Squirrel who collected the cushions at the bottom of the tree’s slide might be hiding. If you haven’t the foggiest what I’m going on about, then go and find yourself these books.

41 comments:

Lola Nova said...

It sounds like a truly magical adventure. The photos are beautiful and almost transported me there. It seems a while since our family had such a 'trip', thank you for the inspiration.

Tracey said...

I think the later tree is very "Faraway Tree"ish! Will have to show my daughter the pictures and see what she thinks. Sounds like you had a magical outing, and it is nice to know someone else is reading Enid...

One Flew Over said...

WOW - what a spectacular outing. I adore the shot of your minis peering into the tree.

I probably would have been expecting a vampire to jump out but given that is all I have been reading these days...not all that surprising x

Vic said...

Oh that IS a Faraway Tree if ever I saw one!

What a magical excursion...! Love your pics.

Cherry said...

What a wonderful day exploring. That MUST be the faraway tree - It's perfect. I loved the Faraway books when I was little - Still do!

Cath from chunkychooky said...

Ahh, we are just entering the fairy age- I am so excited!!!!

Becky said...

Oh what a magical day it sounds like you all had!

brownhairblueribbon said...

I love these pictures - so refreshing and dreamy.

May I suggest the little boy was inhabited with the spirit of stuck-up Connie..? Just wait till he gets stuck with Dame Slap..

Liam's Mummy said...

I love the pictures of your kids peering into the tree.

Enid Blyton was responsible for many, many hours of my childhood reading.

These days I have a personal affinity with Dame Wash-a-lot.

sue said...

Oh that is definately magic. We had lots of fog up and around Gisborne yesterday too but nothing half as pretty as your photos. I guess Moonface was sitting up there giggling at your children finding all those special magical things that I wish we adults still have. I guess that is why I like making toys so much, it is nice to have a little of that imagination and magic and I wish the fairies had come to my windowsill to chat. Perhaps one day they will!

Tas said...

Moments- and photos- to treasure. It is magical when the family can share days like that.

Katy said...

Beautiful photos - like an enchanted forest, you expect little creatures to peer out from behind the trees in the mist... thanks for sharing

TopCat76 said...

oh my, what fantastic pictures... I now want to go and read the Faraway Tree!

Hayley Egan said...

I used to love heading out there on a Saturday ...and I need to have kids if only to dust off the Enid Collection...

Kylie said...

This is just so amazing, Tania... I'm speechless and breathless in the face of such beauty. i'm so glad your kids are holding on to the magic. K x

Kirsty said...

What a gorgeous, gorgeous day you all had.

Andi said...

Pure magic!!
I believe too.
Andi :-)

Sandrine said...

What a beautiful post, weekend!
You really created Ze atmosphere Tania!

:: elk :: said...

such magical moments as a family is a gift...you brought us along with stunning images ~ bravo!

Pippi creates said...

What gorgeous pictures! We were down the Mornington Peninsula on the weekend and had the weirdest fog there too. It was hovering along the coastline, blue sky everywhere else but you could hardly see the end of the pier (and it was cold out there). Looks like you all had a fun time too!

AJ said...

that fist image is magical perfection! you should make prints of it!!!

Grace said...

That first photo just took my breath away. What a magical place to go.

GUGAW said...

those first two pictures are absolutely stunning!

Megan said...

i am in awe over those wonderful magical photos. i would have been leading the race for the hunt for the faraway tree - watch out for dame washalot's water!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Magical day out ! They'll always remember it .

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

Beautiful photos and great post.

What a shame the other little boy has become a cynic so young. It's wonderful that you encourage your kids to keep believing and to see with their imagination.

pennygj said...

Lovely atmospheric photos... I somehow missed the Faraway Tree books as a child although I'm sure i read everything else Enid Blyton ever wrote! It was lovely to discover Faraway Tree series at the same time as my daughter, I enjoyed bedtime stories as much as she did!

Melanie said...

Beautiful! My 7yo and I are on the third book right now (Folk of...) He absolutely loves them, can't believe I waited so long!

kellyi said...

Ooooh, that looks like fun. As you know, we spend too much time in forests.

Our next adventure is in a mud flat. Don't know how I have got talked into this one.

virtualquilter said...

The first photo is pure magic caught by the camera lens.
Thank you for sharing it with us.
I have been reading for a while, so thanks for the enjoyment over the last few months.
Judy B

Cass said...

Wow awesome photos and sounds like an awesome day.

sophie said...

Those photos are stunning. Is your daughter wearing a headscarf - she is too cool!

Staying true is THE hardest thing in the world for a kid I think.

peskypixies said...

what a fun day!!!!!

fab pics!

Polyclarific said...

Love the moodiness of the photos, thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

magical post, love the pic of the kids with the tree, ah the wonder of it all, fab!

Christy said...

i love the first photo! so mysterious and magical!

Madeline said...

What a magical and beautiful place.

Sherrin said...

Oh! It is so magical and lovely there. I love your pictures... beautiful and 'other-worldy'. I can feel a trip up the mountain coming soon!

Umatji said...

beautiful pocs, memories for me came back and well done for keeping the magic - you have to wonder how others miss it when they step on the same ground as you...

elly bee said...

do I need to add something to all those people who said beautiful pictures....?
yes, your kids are the fairies they believe in. I love those imagination of kids, joris is also absolutyl into these "worlds" and he believed for a long time in the toothfairy (and I'm angry at myself that I told him that there is no toothfairy).
keep them believers as long as they do!
x eb

Claire said...

These photos are fairytale books come alive!