We live right around the corner from a place called Tall Timbers. And when I say around the corner, I don't mean where you hop in your car and drive a few minutes down the road. I mean where you open your front door and walk a few steps.
I like to say that living here is like camping, only without any of the discomfort. I'll give you a little tour so you can see what I mean. There are picnic tables.
A big fire pit.
An enclosure for large groups, or if you feel like picnicking in the rain. Which, I'm sorry to say, we do seem to get a lot of.
There are pretty flowering plants.
And, as the name implies, some very tall trees.
I'm looking forward to when Lucy is old enough to venture into these woods with me. We can pack a picnic lunch, and maybe build a fire and toast marshmallows. And when she is a little bit older still, she can join in with the groups of little girls I see in those woods, using their imaginations and playing all sorts of games. Hopefully it will be a place where she can experience some of the freedom her dad and aunts and uncles had when they were young, growing up on acreages in the country. A place where it is safe to explore and be adventurous, without the hovering eyes of adults right there to watch your every move, sort of like a modern day version of an Arthur Ransome story.
For now Lucy's adventures are confined to crawling around, seeing what dreadful things she can find on the floor to pick up and put in her mouth. Jay was in Victoria visiting Lucy last week, so he was able to deliver this Tulip sweater to her, just in time for spring.
Reports are she really likes it, not because it has stripes or bright colours, but because the ties at the front are fun to play with. I hope she is always so easy to please!