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18.12.10

This week I'm grateful for... treehouses


Let's talk about treehouses. I saw three boys of about 11 making a fort in a paperbark gum in the bush yesterday. Watching them was great fun (particularly for the Tsunamis who were busy taking notes to attempttheir own tree-top  fort - in about five years time, kiddos!). It could have been any era, any country, any Summer... some things are just timeless.

So, this week I'm grateful for...

1. The simple things - high in a tree, building a house, lost shirt, big brown belly laughs, a rope to pull up the big planks, a tireless friend scooting up the little ones, pushing and shoving with mudsoaked hands, hot work, a bottle of cool water waiting on the ground, waiting to tip over a protesting friend.

2. Fabrics - a quick cut with the scissors and a tablecloth, some bunting, a gift wrap, a mermaid tail, a headband, endless possibilities are born.

3. Skipping - is there anything more joyous than a child learning to skip?

Finally, if you can spare a moment, please join Jelly Shane's Girl Power initiative to help out My Pear Tree House.


So, what's making you smile today? Grab my I'm Grateful For... button from my sidebar if you like, add your Grateful post below and please add a link back to me in your post. Then pop over to visit other bloggers who are spreading a little sunshine. No hurry - we're all about laaaaazy Saturdays. Link is open all week. Happy day to you!

Note that this will be the last Grateful Saturday linky for 2010... by all means, keep being grateful while I take a little Christmas break. I will see you all bright and cheery in January! Merry merries to you.



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26 comments:

Penny said...

Love that treehouse photo! Is it your photography?

toushka said...

how fun!! I loved making huts and forts when I was a child. I thought it was a lost art, glad to hear that it's not.

Gina said...

I always attempted and failed at making a treehouse. If only my dad owned some power tools...

Gorgeous pic!

Maree: said...

Just the sort of Playing we did as a Child...don't see it much these days ..your post has brought back lots of lovely memories...
I Hope your kiddies will get to make a Tree House one day...and make their Own Memories...
cheers

Cate said...

it must be some pretty fabbo fabric to do all that with :-)
And yes, kiddos learning to skip IS pretty magical!!
My grateful this weekend is a little departure from my usual list-type-thing, but I got all deep and meaningful - good to get it off my chest, but promise I won't do it too often :-)
have a great weeekend y'all
xxxCate

Claire Chadwick @ Scissors Paper Rock said...

Oh...tree houses :) What a sweet thing to be grateful for! As a kid, I was cubby house obsessed....always making them & setting up a little life inside them :)
This post has brought back some sweet memories for me :)
HAPPY WEEKEND B!
xo

christina said...

found you on glen's blog....love your blog! and the list. :) put a smile on my face.

Posie Patchwork said...

Tree houses & paper bark forts, hell yeah, just shows you the best things in life are free!! Having grown up in your 'hood, i know exactly the bush you're talking about & the paper bark tree bounty there is. Sending LOVE, love Posie

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

I always dreamed of having a tree house! There is something so magical and whimsy about them!! And no arguments about the love of fabric!!! have a lovely grateful day Bron xx

life in a pink fibro said...

Love that image! Very Faraway Tree...

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I love the treehouse image too.
I am looking forward to building a treehousewith our boys [in a few years ;)]. We have hundreds of trees it would be a waste not too LOL.

Thanks for all these gratefuls.

May you & your family have a wonderful, safe and blessed Christmas too...with all the joy and laughter your hearts can contain!

Jodie said...

Yes, so many childhood memories brough back by your post. The power of the imagination for creative play. I so hope I can teach this to my children.

Kymmie said...

Treehouses. So simple. So beautiful. And so many memories are created up there. I'm not that creative with fabric, but yes, so much can be made if you have that sort of imagination. And skipping. Well, skipping makes EVERYONE happy. So watching it sure is joyous. Have a wonderful Christmas, Maxabella. See you in the new year. xx

Little Ted Canvas said...

Oh yes I loved watching my boys learn to skip, an absolute hands down one of the most delightful experiences, oh the laughs...I always wanted a tree house. My brother & I made one once, it took us a few good weekends, were very proud. It's still there at my mum & dads place & there is no way in hell I would let my kids climb up that height with all that very unstable corrugated tin!

Being Me said...

Thank you for this linky this year, Maxabella. Truly something I know I've been grateful for! Who doesn't need a reminder to be chipper some weeks? Merry merries to you too :)

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

I used to love skipping, probably time to teach my big girl how to skip some time soon.
And fabric - I am completely and utterly addicted to fabric.
Happy silly season to you. xox Cat

fairchildstreet said...

oops I forgot to leave a comment this morning. I am so running out of steam. (can't you tell my posts are getting less words as the days go by!) LOL One more work day left then 4 weeks down the beach and no screens at all. Yes children skipping is a lovely thing. Charmaine

Jacki said...

This is a great list! Looking forward to linking up in 2011!

Karen said...

I remember playing 'house' in the roots of some old pine trees in primary school. Gardens provide such fertile ground for kids' imaginations. And grown ups too! x

bigwords is... said...

Merry Xmas gorgeous girl! Thanks so much for making me be grateful each week. Can't wait to do it all again next year. Have a wonderful holiday! xx

Naturally Carol said...

Love that house in a tree photo...we had a spare block opposite us in our cul-de-sac when we lived in Canberra and our 4 and 6 year olds at the time, built a cubby and spent hours and hours there...a few boxes and old blankets...there weren't any trees!
Merry Christmas and a Wonderful Holiday to all at Maxabellas.

monkeemoomoo said...

I really wish we had a tree for a treehouse- dream!

We used to have this kind of fun on my nana's farm, always building new cubbie houses out of anything we could find. Good, clean, fun!

Megan Blandford said...

Here's to the little things in life :)

Becky said...

I love treehouses. I always dreamed of having a big one, high up in a large tree...

Stacia said...

Oh, the little things. They really are the best. Well, the little things and mermaid tails. =>

Kevin said...

I've always wanted to live in a treehouse...you know, a fancy treehouse!

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