Half term here has pretty much been a washout. Cold, windy and lots of rain with few plans have made it at times very hard going but through the rain we saw flashes of beautiful blue skies.
It’s cemented how much the kids love playing outside. When we moved house back in September we were amazed at how our garden almost quadrupled in size from our last house meaning the kids had so much more space to play. But moving right at the end of September meant that their time was limited outside, what with dark nights and muddy boggy rain sodden grass.
With it staying lighter (when not raining!) that little bit longer, it’s meant Charlie can have an extra half an hour playing football and the girls can burn off their cabin fever.
My husband and I are not very green fingered and the past owners by their own admission didn’t do much so the garden is pretty bare. We have decided that the grass is an absolute no go; with three kids running and driving across it with bikes and cars it is never going to be a glorious luscious green lawn but I honestly don’t mind that. But we have started thinking of ideas and making plans for Easter.
As kids, my sister and I saved up to buy a wooden playhouse which we absolutely loved. Our Mom made us little curtains, Dad laid carpet and my sister painted a sign and we christened it Honeypot Cottage. That little playhouse was absolutely treasured and when Charlie was small he was given a playhouse by a family friend. However after two house moves, it didn’t make it to this house so for the girls birthday I’m planning on getting them a new little house.
One thing I always -always- wanted was a trampoline. I used to go to trampolining club and just loved it. My school pal had one in her garden and I was insanely jealous. The girls use our bed as a trampoline so I thought getting one may be beneficial to our mattress so again, with a birthday in June I was going to ask relatives to add to a pot to buy one. However Facebook saved the day! I spotted on a local page someone selling one for £25 not far from us as she was getting a bigger one. With it not really being trampolining “season” I thought it was too much of a bargain so sent my poor husband along to pick it up. We didn’t tell the kids so their heads almost exploded as they went out to the garden yesterday and spotted. Of course it started raining but they had to bounce it to the max!
I am also wanting to make a small flower area although with flying footballs I don’t know how it will survive but also make a small vegetable patch for the kids to grow their own and be part of the experience. There are three bushes/trees that also need taking down to give extra space and the fences need reprinting especially the vile stained brown one at the bottom of the garden!
It bat seem daunting but I am so very excited. Hurry up Easter!