Timbernook is an idea that is spreading. It encourages mothers to bring their children to play outdoors in places that resemble the farms and gardens that older generations experienced when they were young. NATURAL playgrounds. Friends of mine invited me to visit one, where I played my fiddle and my pipes.
Here I am, 73 years old playing a violin that is 128 years old. If I live long enough I will get to be as old as my violin... or fiddle as I prefer to call it.
This is the context of the playing, a ring of logs of wood as seats around an open wood fire burning the detritus dropped by the gum trees all around.
This foto shows another view of the circle of rounds of firewood we sit on. The ground is unsmoothed except by feet, human feet, often little human feet. This is just as the world was like on the farm where I grew up.
Excuse me for posting another foto of yours truly, but I rarely get a chance to be in my fotos as a usually take them myself. Nor do I post fotos of other people without their permission. [ I gave my permission for this foto to be posted.]
This young boy is having fun in the mud just like I remember having fun in the mud when I was three, four and five. It made me so happy as a child, It makes me so happy to see this now as an old man. Excuse me little fellow for taking you foto and posting it without your permission. But you will forgive me I hope for it is such a wonderful foto.
Here is a final foto of the wonderful that place that Timbernook has set up for children out in the countryside near Hastings. Well done Timbernook.
Cheers Chris the Pipemaker and Fiddleplayer [and Timbernook fan.]