A Secret Outback
Every child deserves their very own fort in the woods, but not every child is so fortunate. However, we know two little sisters that are very fortunate to have such a fort… in a small paradise in their backyard. The girls have a beautiful little forest of Australian pines (Casuarina equisetifolia) that they have turned into their own private space. They proudly refer to it as their “Australia”.
There is so much for kids to do in this secret land. They have a dry erase board hanging on a tree where they keep track of their snacks. There are several adorable wooden benches and shelving all over. If you look up, you see all kinds of clever things. My favorite is a plastic bat that hangs from a fishing line over a hammock chair. It definitely made me look twice. There is a wooden bucket that hangs from a long piece of twine and is looped over several branches so that it can be raised and lowered. It is tied to a tree to keep it steady when it’s not in use. Their goal is to keep the forest looking like a forest and they want everything they add to look like it belongs. If something stands out too much, it probably won’t stay in there for long. It would take many visits to notice everything.
This wonderful setting reminds me how much children love to have a secret place to call their own. I still remember mine. I am really inspired to help my kids build one for themselves. I have a feeling Grayson will go for a treehouse with edible landscaping at the bottom and probably a passion vine or two trailing up.
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