Bush Kids

Children and Nature



The 52 Project: a portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2015. 

Scarlett: picking armfuls of wildflowers in the light evening rain

Jem: sending leaf boats down the creek

Dash: He has been tired and at times not very compliant lately, but in the bush he is relaxed and completely at peace

Cass: Leaping off the slope. He is pretty much always leaping off something.


3 thoughts on “52

  1. Hannah

    Hi Pauline, I have just found your blog through The 52 Project, and it looks like you live in a very inspiring place! One of the first things I learnt when I started working as an Early Years teacher in England, was the value and importance of outdoor play for children. Time and again, I have marvelled at the incredible impact it has on children. Now that I have started a family of my own (I have one daughter who’s nearly two, and another on the way), I find myself craving access to more beautiful outdoor spaces – we live in a city and have a tiny garden, and seeing your photos of your children enjoying life outdoors makes me crave that even more for my own family!

    1. Pauline Post author

      It is certainly true that our children benefit tremendously from their access to the outdoors. Moving to a home where we had our own land was a deliberate decision we made when our eldest was 2, so about the same phase you are in now. There can be risks and sacrifices to be made for moving to a remote area, there are inconveniences and long trips in cars and sometimes I think it would be nice to have a conventional 9 – 5 job, instead of an unpredictable income. But none of these outweigh the wonderful childhood we have been able to give our children, experiences that will shape them for the rest of their lives.

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