Nature’s playground

by | Sep 25, 2012 | Uncategorized | 10 comments

Life has been rather serious. Doing lots of things that require focus. Proof-reading, editing, planning,  teaching preparation, organising. It’s time to play.
The karo flowers, with their deep red curling petals, are dropping everywhere. What would they look like on the green moss down by the beach. Ouch. It’s quite a contrast.

 It helps to have a small companion when entering Nature’s playground. Off she goes to gather things along the sea’s edge. Today spotted leaves are a favourite.

 Look, we can make marks by cutting into the sand with a shell.

 We can trace out marks in the sand with a hand.
 ‘I’ll be the collector and you can be the put-ter,’ she says. And so together we make magic on the sand.

Here it is. We did it together.

Nature’s playground gives us everything we need.


  1. Hotly Spiced

    The colour of those leaves is so vibrant and it certainly does look like Spring has arrived in your part of the world. Great images xx

  2. lifeonthecutoff

    What a joy it is to watch you and Mira in nature’s playground! I love what you did together with those vibrant leaves – and I love the colors of your little helper’s outfit, Juliet. Enjoy!

  3. juliet

    Charlie, the leaves are certainly bright and cheerful. Yes, spring is here.

    Penny, my little helper’s colours are lovely, aren’t they, and it’s a pleasure to have warmer weather so that we can play outside again.

    Thank you, Charlier and Penny.

  4. Anonymous

    That child in her beautiful bright clothes is a prize.. and you are right I loved this post and i almost think i may know where you were, that coast has the most beautiful trees.. Thank you Juliet, as i have said before i love the little touches of home you and your blog bring to me. take care .. cecilia

  5. juliet

    Hi Cecilia, My blog hasn’t been so constant lately, as I’m proof-reading 5 books (for digital conversion) and publishing another, so I’m glad I sent the invitation and that you responded. And that you enjoyed the post. Thanks for visiting.

  6. Max

    looks like a beautiful day through and few. love your andy goldworthy-esq creation x

  7. juliet

    Hi Max, I discovered Andy Goldsworthy many years after I’d been already doing this kind of beach play, and felt very inspired to see how far he takes it. Thank you, it was fun, and a little taste of spring as well.

  8. Joan

    ..if a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.. Rachel Carson.
    I posted this on my blog last night via Quoteflections. It came to mind as I read your beautiful post here Juliet. Thank you.

  9. Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Juliet – what a great story line – wonderful how the little ones work their own magic with words and ideas .. and I love your leaves and the star-sun burst …

    What a lovely break you’re both having …

    Cheers Hilary

  10. juliet

    Joan, thank you for this beautiful quote. My little beach fairy certainly keeps my sense of wonder alive. Thank you for visiting.

    Hilary, it is a world of magic with this little one, that’s for sure, and I’m glad you like the star-sun burst (thank you, I wasn’t sure what to call it and you’ve given me the perfect name)


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