I'm a redheaded mama with four lovely daughters. We're based in southern Australia and travel in a small, colourful housebus — meeting inspiring people, learning lots and re-thinking everything. I feel passionately about spirituality, good design, alternative education, discussing death and conscious parenting.
Our family has enjoyed sharing our free camping lifestyle with David’s brother James and his mother Roselin during the past couple of days. It’s lovely to have family come camping with us, spending whole days together so our children get to know everyone better!
Roselin is on hand to give Elijah one of the first cuddles of his day.
Luke, Tom and Erin join us for breakfast in the morning.
Tom shows our girls how to walk on your hands.
Roselin grabs another cuddle after enjoying a swim in the creek.
Our days consist of long talks at camp interspersed with playing in the creek, 4WDing or bush-walking.
James ignores Elijah's pleading looks and refuses to share his food.
Luke demonstrates his didgeridoo skills. He's really good, and we groove to his sounds.
Brioni keeps her own time on the djembe drum.
When James takes the drum, the beat solidifies into a beautiful song.
Brioni comes back from a bushwalk wearing a crown of flowers.
Delaney is talking more and more every day. She calls "Wait me!" when we're walking too fast and stubbornly uses the word "door" as a substitute for "lid" as well as a request to open something.
Tom cooked for us tonight. Living with a community mindset means that the chores are shared joyfully, and burdens are shared willingly. We love the opportunity we have to live with a community-mindset in so many different locations!
Our children sit around the camp-fire together — Aisha is holding baby Elijah on her lap.
After everyone has eaten, the music starts with James setting the beat.
James gets ready to use the fire-stick while Luke lights his poi. Tom and Erin also gave us demonstrations of fire-twirling in the dark night.
Luke shares his electric poi with the girls, and they're fascinated by the changing colours of the spheres.
Luke marks out his beat on his West African drum.
Tom strums and sings to his own compositions as well as to more familiar tunes.
On James’ last night with us, he spent intensive time playing with the girls in creating a magnificent imaginary world. The story was as entertaining to the adults as it was to the children!
It starts out as an ordinary reading session but the evening's cuddle session with James and the girls morphs into a wonderful story from their combined imaginations involving a fox cub named Wolverine and his adventures in the forest.
We’re sorry to see Roselin and James go, but it’s time for us to move on too. We may catch up with James later next month before he flies home to London, and until then, our girls will rest in the wonderful memories they’ve made with Uncle James!