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.


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

  2. Directions please? I will bring the Hendricks x

  3. 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!!

  4. 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

  5. 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

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

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

  8. The drive is sooo worth it. Enjoy!!

  9. You are one lucky lady Beth! Enjoy it all ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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

  11. Literally. Green. With. Envy.

  12. So so so lovely!

  13. Bliss…sounds awesome and that pool is just magical!

  14. Jesus, Beth! where is that place???

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

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

  17. It sounds so very lovely…thanks for posting the pics ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

  20. What an amazing year it’s been! Fab photos ๐Ÿ™‚

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