The thing I love most about weekends away is that everyone relaxes.  Particularly the weekends when we visit the farm with our very good friends. It’s the easiest of weekends and we always look forward to them. Packing is easy because it’s all about comfort – nothing glamorous, no pretense, no blowdryer, no makeup and definitely no heels.  It’s gumboots, riding boots, polar fleeces, our oldest jeans and tracky dacks all weekend.

Given the rain we’ve had over the last few winters in NSW, we’ve ended up embracing the fact that weekends at the farm are muddy and we’ve figured out that the kids absolutely love it.  So we pack only clothes that come clean easily and don’t show the mud if they don’t come clean. By far, the best investment I’ve ever made are polar fleeces – it really doesn’t matter how dirty they get, how long that mud stays on or what colour the polar fleece was originally.  Just throw them into the machine and they come out clean!  Truly … they do! Then 10 minutes in the dryer or a half hour in front of the heater and they’re as good as new.  I’m seriously considering making full body suits for each of my kids.

Clothing sorted and boots taken care of, we really do relax.  The kids love the fact that we laugh when they jump in muddy puddles and can hardly believe that I’m OK with the amount of mud they bring into the bath at night (now THAT is a photo I should take)!

So as clean children play scrabble on the floor and the washing machine chugs away … all that’s left for us to do is to enjoy a glass of wine or three, eat some oozy cheese with a cracker and look back over the action shots from the day!

When you do really relax and let the kids run wild?

 


  • Kids being kids out in the open, the best place for them. Clothes that come clean easily are the best. My grandmother made the mistake of making sure my sister and I wear the velvet dresses she had brought us to the farm they lived on. Mum said both of us got into the peaches as we were allowed to roam about ,

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  • Interesting thank you for sharing

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  • Love this material when we go away because it is warm, light, easy washed and doesn’t take ages to dry – especially if you are paying to use a dryer!

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  • love a good warm fleece,

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  • Great read, polar fleece is also warm

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  • Kids love muddy puddles, lots of fun in outside.

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  • I remember taking my daughter to a park after it had been raining overnight. I had her dressed beautifully as we were meeting up with friends that we don’t see very often. As soon as we got there she tripped over a tree root and feel face first into mud.

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  • My kids love to get dirty outside – I liken my youngest to Peppa Pig who likes to jump in muddy puddles as she is the one who is most likely to come inside looking the grubbiest.

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  • My daughter took her young family out of the city and lived on a farm for 10 months. What a change we saw in them all! The kids were outside playing, rounding up the cows and sheep and even collecting the eggs! Gum boots and jumpers were the essentials.

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  • We recently went to a farm and we brang the gumboots and old clothes, they had so much fun chasing the peacocks in the mud and exploring the nature around them, I even bought my gumboots as well and joined in the fun, sat back afterwards with coffee and biscuits and had a good laugh, these moments are priceless

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  • Great article, thanks for sharing

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  • My kids love puddles and I have black clothes so the mud doesn’t show up

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  • I have the best memories of jumping in muddy puddles when I was a kid it was lots of fun. The bigger puddle the better.


    • Same here, good old fashion fun and mud :)

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  • It was fun to play in the mud,good childhood days passed quickly !

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  • The best part of being a kid :D getting muddy and not having to wash your own clothes afterwards!

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