The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.
~ Karen Blixen
I did something unusual on Thursday. I took a day off. A ‘mental health’ day, to be precise.
We’ve had a bit of a tough time recently behind the scenes here at the Treehouse, and on Thursday morning the sun was shining, it was the most glorious day, so over a 6am cuppa Ben and I decided that we needed salt water time.
I packed lots of water, drinks, and picnic snacks. Ben organised leads, a water bowl and dog snacks. We took towels and hats and sunscreen, then we drove down to the Maroochy River and hired a boat .
Off we went, intent on exploring up river, and on the lookout for sandy beaches and swimming spots.
Ben found us a few sand bars for the dogs to get out and stretch their legs, and we saw an abundance of wildlife in the nature reserve areas – leaping fish and prawns, stingrays, swans, ducks, herons and cranes, a sea eagle and a wedgetail eagle, a small black snake swimming across the river, and plenty of pelicans. Most importantly, all of that good salt air and sunshine blew away the cobwebs, and we slept deeply for the first time in months on Thursday night. I didn’t wake up until after 6am, and missed my morning meditation and blog writing for Friday, but I knew you wouldn’t mind.
I’ll post a few pics and videos below of our wonderful day.
I do hope you look after yourself and take mental health days when you need them too. A little fresh air and space, or some extra sleep, can make the world of difference to our coping skills.
Much love, Tupperware containers of snacks, a thermos of tea, and crazy dog smiles, Nicole xx