Your Own Backyard

Your Own Backyard

Whilst it’s true that not all of us are lucky enough to have a backyard, if you’re blessed with a patch to catch some sun you probably overlook it sometimes.  
Never was I more grateful for our small garden than in 2020.  More than ever before our patch of lawn became a cherished living space, it was multi purpose multiple times a day, it became a…
Dining Area
Obstacle Course 
Painters Studio
Coffee stop
Vegetable patch 
Gym
Workspace
Classroom
.
We spent so much time out there, but once life got back to “normal” our backyard just didn’t get used as often. I feel a little sad about it.  We had such a great time and it was a major part in keeping our little family both safe and sane.
But then we slipped straight back into the busy, the rushing here and there, not taking the time to spend outside and at home.

I want to go back to using and cherishing our backyard like we did then, and I know the best way to do it is to show it some love.
In early Autumn I love to get out and have breakfast or brunch in the crisp morning air, the change of season makes me feel so happy knowing the horrid heat and sticky days of summer are on their way out. 
So out we go, we have breakfast out there, even simple Vegemite on toast seems a little more cheery when eaten outside. I love sipping my coffee early in the morning with a dressing gown wrapped around me and the dewy grass beneath my toes.  It doesn’t have to be expensive or complex to be lovely.  I think that was the beauty of 2020, we couldn’t get caught up in making things perfect, we just lived.  We get far too caught up in what we need to HAVE to enjoy ourselves, how things need to LOOK to have fun.
We see someone post custom made outdoor furniture and $300 coolers with a speaker built in, then somehow we think we NEED those things, that becomes the goal, that becomes the “right” way to do something.

But there’s simple joy in every day, there was simple joy in 2020, in our backyards, in our lounge rooms and in our kitchens. When we were making do with what we had. 
There was simple joy found in the way the sunshine dappled across the grass. In the slow mornings, having time to find joy in the making of a pot of tea. 
The joy of making forts in the lounge room, of picnicking in the backyard, a doona makes a brilliant picnic rug!
So here’s to finding the joy in simple, here’s to finding joy in your own backyard. 
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