I hereby invite you to stop whatever it is that you’re doing, and enjoy 2’46” of pure, unadulterated fun. Here is a video of a group of teenage boys making the most of a forest lakeside spot in New South Wales.
I could go on at length about what this video shows about these boys’ agility, their perseverence, their ability to manage risk, their appetite for adventure, their capacity to work as a team, their relationship with nature, their understanding of place and landscape – and their film-making and editing talents. But I won’t. Because it really doesn’t need a sales pitch.
The video was made by Scott Robbé, the son of my friend and fellow natural play enthusiast, the Australian landscape architect Fiona Robbé. Fiona and her family made me very welcome when I visited in May. Maybe next time, if I ask really nicely, Scott will take me to this spot. Here’s hoping.