Bushwalking and the Mangrove Swamp

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

On this glorious day off at 8am this morning, LJ and I shared a chat over breakfast still in our pyjamas. Before homeschooling we would have been out the door by 7:30 and on our way to school, having hustled through the lead up to get ready for the car trip. It feels unbelievable to be able to just sit and talk over tea, half an hour past our usual routine. How I love these days.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

After a little tidy up we began our book work for the day. RJ is loving his marble set at the moment and so we played a sight words game this morning. For every word he got right straight away he got to send a marble down the tracks, which provided him with a lot more motivation than normal to try his best.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

Here are all the words he got straight away.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

After some work and lunch we headed down to the local river for a bushwalk and some much craved outside time.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

The kids loved this little cave and reading about the ‘honeycomb’ rock, investigating the trails and gentle erosion that made it look so extraordinary.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

Investigating the suspension bridge was also pretty great, and definitely worth running over, repeatedly for RJ at least, not for me {are we being chased?}.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

We stood for a while on the bridge watching the fish swim by and listening to the sound of the birds, it is so incredibly restful to be away from the sound of busy and to immerse ourselves purposefully in the stillness.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

For what feels like an eternity the busy-ness has been so incredibly loud crowding out good sense, connection and peace. This walk, this day is what I love, but I needed to make some changes for us to achieve it. To make, rather than just find the time to be here.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

Over the bridge were the mangroves a unique eco-system for them to investigate. All along the boardwalk were signs for them to read, which Minnie and LJ found particularly interesting.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

Watching the crabs scurry about however was absolutely the highlight for them.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

One of them constantly calling out for me to come and look at this one, it’s so big, this one’s eating mud, wait till you see this one’s colour… You can imagine can’t you, we were not the quietest admirers of this natural spectacle.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

They were pretty cool.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

Further down the boardwalk we noticed the vegetation start to change drastically.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

Which was when the ‘bush’walk really began. No more boardwalk, this is the real deal now.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

There was some fear of snakes today to be sure, {it is the worst season for them after all} so unlike normal I encouraged them to be as loud as possible to hopefully ward the little critters off. If I were a snake, I would definitely have been scared of us.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

We walked until we found the promised Aboriginal Engraving site and spent some time discovering more about the traditional owners of the land.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

As well as admiring the breathtaking views.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swampy

This little guy didn’t want the bush-walk to end, begging us to keep going as it ‘was his best day ever’. We promised to bring him back another day, but said we really needed to turn around now.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

Being out in the wild is so much fun, and so good for the soul. Quiet times to chat with the kids, to admire the wonderful work of a loving creator and explore together has created a real time of connection for us that I love.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

Leaving our walk with a spring in our step and a full and happy heart.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

With time to play in the park before heading home for a swim and dinner.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

Sitting under the shade of these beautiful trees is not such a bad place to be.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

Freedom and the great outdoors sits so well with us as a family.

Bushwalks and the Mangrove Swamp

I hope your day has been full of adventure and joy, that your heart is happy and your soul refreshed.

Lots of Love x

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