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Sunday, September 13, 2009
No garden toys required
One of the fun side effects of doing the gardening - particularly the kind of large scale gardening that we're doing at the moment - is that you end up with loads of quite cool base-building material :)
Tim chopped down a huge amount of overgrown trees/shrubs this morning and when he stopped for a break me and April went out and trashed his nice, tidy pile of offcuts. I LOVE doing stuff like this - no toys, just a bunch of branches and leaves and we have SUCH fun :) We tried building a sort of teepee first but that fell to bits so, in the end, we got some of the biggest branches and laid them against a large bush and then started putting lots of smaller leaves and twigs over the top for a roof.
I have to say, it wasn't very large and certainly wouldn't provide much in the way of shelter but April enjoyed crawling under it and bug hunting on (what is left of) our lawn. The grass (as you can tell from the pictures) has not stood up well this summer - it's really brown and patchy! We've got loads of leaves starting to flutter down off the trees as well so the garden is looking pretty messy.
Provides loads of play opportunities though - for a 4 year old and their 39 year old mum! Nothing I like better than being outside, no shoes and feeling the grass under my feet :)
Did get some pictures but they're not very good - as I said, it wasn't a truly magnificent structure but it was certainly better than the pictures make it look! Love the one of April sat on the floor bug hunting - she found a ladybird!
I think April's moving her furniture in, in here :)