Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree


Carefree = walking in a brook.

During summers at my grandparents Brookside Farm, I spent a lot of time walking, swimming and having fun in that brook.

The first time I suggested to my grandchildren that we should try a walk in a brook, they looked at me like I needed serious help. But once we had successfully entered the tree canopy and the ice-cold water, they were hooked.

Now, the first thing they want to do when we camp near a brook is to plan an adventure.

There are so many wonderful things to observe and talk about – different trees, how the water runs, interesting rocks, tadpoles, dragonflies, wild flowers, mushrooms, and wild berries.

My granddaughter and I concede that ‘little brother’ is by far the first in, fastest, and first out, and he takes that responsibility quite seriously.

In today’s environment of inside electronic activities, it is fun to move a little beyond that comfort zone and have some simple fun enjoying the gifts and challenges that Mother Nature provides us.

For us, a day outside camping and walking in the brook always beats a day inside.  🙂

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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11 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

  1. Real adventures! So much better than those on screens.


  2. Grandma Kc says:

    Wonderful picture. My toes could almost feel the cold water. It is so wonderful that you are exposing them to so many beautiful and natural things. Lots more fun than sitting in front of any screen.


  3. It’s been a long time since I did that!


  4. Joyce says:

    I sooo agree with you! Despite the conveniences they afford, kids who only get their fun being “wired” to technology all day long are sure missing out on beautiful, simple experiences like this. It’s a perfect place for grandparents to step in and make these unforgettable times happen.
    Your picture is lovely – makes me say “wish I was there!”


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  6. I’m so happy to hear you introduced your grandchildren to the wonders of exploring nature and the natural world around them. Wonderful 🙂 Im craving a little dip for my toes as I read your post


  7. What a great thing to do with your grandkids. I think there are few things more fascinating to children than a small body of moving water.


  8. Great post! Around these parts we call this a creek but pronounce it crik.
    kidz, ya wanna go dahn to the crik an at ? You can soon as you redd up yur room.


  9. Jeanne says:

    Love your post. One of the greatest sources of peace for me is the natural world, so I wonder about the future of our children who are disconnected through our modern absorbtion with technology. How many will never know the simple joy of watching the wind move across a field under billowing clouds, or feeling the stones beneath their feet in a crisp and cool creek? Cheers to you.


    • You are so right. It takes an effort to draw our children and grandchildren outside to enjoy nature in all of its majesty in this social media world. Once there, they are amazed by the beauty, force, and ever changing sights nature provides us. Balance is what we need to strive for as all the pieces of equipment and their chargers pull us to spend our day inside behind a screen. Thank you for stopping and for your insight.


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