We are spending lots of time in the garden this year. Even though the sunshine has gone we still get outside most days to ‘burn off some crazy’ and wear out the kiddos.
Annie loves playing on the swings and bouncing on the trampoline while Ez enjoys throwing, kicking and catching. He has just learnt to roll a ball down the slide and looks very proud of himself as it rolls along.
We all went outside last night as dinner was cooking, Annie found a stick that she pretended was a wand while Ez played ball really happily (with one odd random outburst of crying).
Afterwards we all went inside feeling that little bit happier.
We also finally finished* the beach hut (wendy house). When we picked it up it, the wood was soaking wet so needed 3 weeks to dry out fully before we could paint it, then we took our time to paint the stripes before building it this weekend.
It looks fab in it’s corner, of course within 30 seconds the kiddos had broken the latch on the door but I think it was made of tinfoil and not really strong enough to cope with 2 excited kiddos!
(Please excuse the poor iPhone photo, it has been raining every time I have gone to take a photo of it in the daylight so far!)
Over the next few months (once next door have finally finished replacing the fence) we’ll dig, and fence, a little garden around the sides and ‘prettify’ it further with whirligigs and the like. We’re also considering putting some vinyl flooring down inside to make the floor a bit comfier to sit on.
The idea is that the ‘garden’ around the edge will be for the kids to maintain with a bit of help from us. I think it’s going to look amazing when it’s all put together finally.
I will admit that we are making the sort of garden that Jon and I both wish we could have had as children. I love how kiddo orientated our garden is, that we can let them outside knowing they will come in worn out and happy from all the exercise, that there is lots of choice when it comes to playing and how complete the garden is looking all of a sudden.
We couldn’t have done it without help from the Actimel Family Well Being fund. Being granted money from the fund for play has made such a positive impact on the family as a whole I’m not sure I can accurately describe how awesome it is. If you are a blogger the fund for Connect is now live and I suggest that you head over to the website and check out the details.
*technically we still have to fit the fiddly window panes and surrounds but that can wait for the dry weather to come back
Do you have any tips for how to ‘pimp our beach hut’ further?