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How can we change what has become a habit?

Kids need fresh air

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Kids need fresh air

BY PHILIPPA MANNAGH

Willow

It surprises me the amount of children that don’t get enough these days

I know for us, we start to go a tad insane if we don’t touch base with nature and ‘re-group’.

We had spent a couple of weeks indoors, put down to winter, bugs and broken ankles and there was no other option at this stage then running away to the country.

Luckily for us my parents own a small amount of land up north and to the kids it is a huge farm.

We are always welcomed by a couple of horses, two cats, chickens, cows and a friendly dog.

Driving in, we can always feel the world melting away and the fresh country air surrounding our tired towny bodies.

Days are enjoyed walking the property, feeding the tame eels in the stream, swimming in the watering hole or sitting on the deck of the small hut next to the waterfall.

Native trees sway gentle in the breeze and the kids run through the grass, smiles spread across their faces.

There is nothing more healing than connecting with the land again.

Nights are sprinkled with bright stars in the sky and hot coffee by the blazing fire.

Each morning we are woken rudely, not by babies but the resident rooster and into the day we jump, fuelling ourselves with “Granddad’s famous porridge.”

We have come to love this rooster and the enthusiasm that he brings.

It’s always hard to leave as we squash back into the car, dog and all.

This is our special place to disconnect with the world.

I think we all need that run away place these days as live becomes so busy and we always find ourselves switched on at everyones beckoning call.

We always leave with more mud on our shoes, less sleep, that forgotten token shoe or special toy but filled with inspiration, happiness and memories.

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