ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
WILDER SPENDS A WEEKEND IN BONDI
WITH CHARLOTTE & HER CHILDREN
Mum CHARLOTTE SCOTT
Kids OLIVIER 9yrs, LOUIS & VALENTINE (twins) 6yrs
Location BONDI BEACH
Photographed by Pierre Toussaint
& Charlotte Scott
WILDER SPENDS THE LAST OF THE AUTUMN SUNSHINE ROAMING AROUND SYDNEY’S BONDI BEACH WITH SUPER MUM CHARLOTTE SCOTT, AND HER 3 CHILDREN. THE WOMAN BEHIND THE EXCEPTIONAL IMAGINATION THAT ONCE DROVE RUSSH MAGAZINE AND BEFORE THAT OYSTER, HER BACKGROUND HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN INDEPENDENT MAGAZINES. HER WORK PRIORITIES SHIFTED SOON AFTER SHE HAD HER FIRST CHILD OLIVIER. SHE THEN WENT ON TO HAVE TWO MORE BABIES, HER BEAUTIFUL TWINS, LOUIS & VALENTINE.
SHE WENT FROM SPENDING MASSIVE WEEKS AWAY FROM HER CHILDREN TO GRACEFULLY AND WHOLEHEARTEDLY SPENDING EVERYDAY BEING PRESENT WITH THEM AND WATCHING THEM GROW. WE GET THE LOWDOWN FROM CHARLOTTE ON WHAT IT’S LIKE RAISING KIDS IN BONDI, BEING A STAY AT HOME MUM, HOW SHE INTEGRATES HOLISTIC LIVING INTO HER HOUSEHOLD AND HOW BEING WITH HER CHILDREN DAY IN AND DAY OUT IS MORE REWARDING THEN ANY OTHER JOB IN THE WORLD.
“When you realise that there are 3 little people watching all your actions and reactions, and that you are their world, then any past issues such as perfectionism or not feeling enough, lose their relevance and fade because being a mother is beyond that. From that first moment when they are born and there is that moment of recognition and surprise, of ‘I know you, I know this soul’, then you have purpose and responsibility and most of all, you are lucky to know the purest love.”
Her husband, fashion photographer Pierre Toussaint shoots his beloved Charlotte & their 3 children free range roaming in their local Bondi.
If you ever see these guys cruising around Bondi… this is what it always looks like… They spend their Saturday’s filling their fridge with local in season produce from the farmers market…
They stomp around town together with skateboards or surfboards in tow… They swim and sauna at Icebergs, and hang out at Orchard St. sipping kombucha after school.
“Ollie is a smart, adventurous kid that grew up in the ocean and loves being outdoors. Whenever he is not in school he is in the water or at the skatepark. Louis & Tiny look up to him and his creativity and wish they could surf & skate like him.”
“Louis is convinced he lived in the stars before he was born and that he liked the look of me best in the possible parents line-up. They also agree that Louis was the one who decided it was time to be born”
“People always ask me what I’m doing or working on now, because I’m a full-time mother, and at times that can seem like I’m living in a whole other era. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t gone back to work full-time when my son was less than 3 months old.”
“The twins are one another’s best friends. They always have someone around to play with and although they are very different they don’t seem to have any sibling rivalry beyond the usual “they got more than me” complaint. Tiny is a firework, competitive, fiercely independent but sensitive underneath and Louis is a dreamer, a prankster, and a creator. They are very loyal to one another and it’s adorable to watch them wander down the street holding hands and chatting away. The twin magic or bond has developed over time from their shared experiences rather than their DNA.”
“The hugs and kisses and special rocks they’ve found, and flowers and drawings keep me high enough on the love hormone to deal with the chaos they can create. Im not on drugs, its the oxytocin”
“I feel super lucky I can be here to listen to them, Louis for example, tell me this evening about all his Year 1 girl problems; who wants to be his girlfriend and who he really likes. It’s amazing when you see their little moral compass spinning around when they tell you about being kind, even if they didn’t really feel like it or want to, because they didn’t want to hurt someone’s feelings either.”
“My work priorities changed right after I had Ollie. I’d spent the whole pregnancy hiking up and down the office stairs in those wooden Chloe heels that were around at the time, bemoaning the fact that I couldn’t wear high-waisted jeans because I was pregnant. When I wasn’t working I was busy running on the treadmill until my bladder was about to burst, thinking this is okay because I did all this before, my ob/ gyn says it’s fine. There wasn’t much down time or thinking about what would happen once the baby was born other than how he would fit in around work and was it really possible to fit him in a basket under my desk. I had no idea. So when he was born and I went back to work and I tried to be perfect, it didn’t work. I was obsessive at work and tried to do more in less time but still got home when he was in bed. Then when I was at home I wanted to be with him and not think about work deadlines and planning ahead all the time and always moving forward. I wanted to be in the moment with him for a while. I was probably just exhausted, but I pushed on. Now, taking this time to be with and care for my kids and have them know that I’m always here for them, is something that I’m very grateful for and very lucky to have.”
“The days go slow but the years go
fast, I wish I could go back in time
and turn them little again”
Charlotte is devoted to keeping a close eye on what they intake food wise and because of that they have always eaten well & their health has positively been impacted by these lifestyle choices. the kids consider bananas and kombucha treats.
QUINOA BANANA BITES
These are so easy for a toddler to make with help!
• 1 Cup of quinoa flakes
• 1 large ripe banana
Mash the banana, mix in the quinoa flakes and raisins.
Roll into balls and place on a tray lined with baking paper.
Cook for about 15 minutes at 180C until lightly browned.
When cool pop them in a jar in the fridge. Best eaten cold.
She always makes sure to send them to school after a big breakfast of free range eggs & soldiers made out of sprouted bread with some steamed kale, starting the day off with brain food to help get them through the day.
MOROCCAN FISH SKEWER & MILLET SALAD
• 700g thick white fish fillets such as Barramundi or Snapper
• 8 bamboo skewers soaked in cold water
• Olive oil, for drizzling
• 1 x 400g organic crushed tomatoes
• 1/2 tsp cumin
• 1/2 tsp turmeric
• 2 tsp paprika
• 1 tsp mild curry powder
• 2 cloves finely minced garlic
• 4cm piece of fresh ginger grated (20g)
• 2Tb lime juice
• 200g hulled millet
• 1 tsp saffron threads
• 100g baby spinach
• 1 red onion finely chopped
• 1/4 C flat leaf parsley leave, finely chopped
• 40g pine nuts, toasted
• 2 Tb olive oil
• 2 Tb lemon juice
Cut the fish and thread onto the skewers and place in a large shallow baking dish.
Combine marinade ingredients and pour over fish.
Set skewers aside in the fridge.
To make the salad, add millet to a saucepan with saffron and 625 ml water. Bring water to the boil over high heat, then turn down to low, cover and simmer for 25 minutes until all water has been absorbed.
Remove from heat, fluff with a fork and allow to cool slightly. Combine millet with remaining salad ingredients in a large salad bowl and set aside.
Heat oven grill to high, drizzle skewers with a little olive oil, then grill for 2-3 minutes on each side until just cooked through.
Serve with salad.
The kids love to eat baked garlic to fight off colds & flu season. She also swears by leaving a cut onion by the bed of one of the kids if sick overnight to draw out the germs.
Germ juice is for warding off all those little bugs that the children bring home from school.. A natural way to keep them at bay
• 1 lemon or lime, skin on, chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, chopped
• 2cm fresh ginger, peeled, chopped
• 1/2 tsp thyme leaves
Place all ingredients in a jug with 1 litre of water and stir.
Let stand for 10 minutes.
Strain and serve. Refill with water throughout the day.
Lasts for 24 hours.