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?


  • I love it when my kids get outside and want to get dirty, it helps build up their resistance to bugs


  • My 15 month old was just playing in the rain in his polar fleece :) It was only sprinkling but he loved it :)


  • I love fleece too as it dries so quickly and keeps you very warm. Great muddy pictures too, we don’t do enough muddy walks living in the city, but the kids love it when we do!


  • I am having memories of my brother as a child with mud all up his back from riding his BMX bike.


  • my son loves jumping in every puddle he can find so i love polar fleece it is such a great material and it keeps them warm in winter :)


  • I used to love playing in puddles as a kid :) The first big rain we had here in Perth, about a month ago, I rushed out and bought my 14 month old some gumboots in anticipation for some more rain and being able to watch him jump and play in the puddles :) Still waiting for the rain now though :(


  • Even if it wasn’t wet the kids would find some dirt to play in. Love polar fleece it is such a hardy material and so warm.


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