On Easter Sunday the children had their breakfast (they were livid that I made them eat breakfast first, I am a terrible Mum!) and then tucked in to their Easter baskets of goodies.
We had an egg hunt in the back garden which unfortunately was marred by the poor attitudes of two of my delightful brood, before heading back in to the house for our roast lamb.
After we had eaten & the kitchen was cleaned up, we all (well, almost all - teen was glued to the laptop) went back out in to the garden to have a Spring tidy up. The Mister got the lawnmower out, and H & E and I grabbed the shovels & trowels and started digging up the borders.
Unfortunately as the garden has been quite neglected over this very long (long, long, long...) Winter, we only managed to clean up one border in the end.
We dug it all out, cleaned it all up and then H planted some Forget Me Nots. He very carefully dug a little trench with the trowel and planted them in, before covering it all up and watering them in.
E did her bit by planting our Sunflower seeds in to tin cans, to grow on ready to plant out in the garden in May. We got the seeds free with our copy of The Lorax DVD and so couldn't let them go to waste.
We're looking forward to growing them up outside the back door, E is certain that The Lorax is going to come and see them when they've started to shoot!
We can't wait for the weather to warm up a bit so that we can enjoy some more time in the garden. We're looking to replace the trampoline and play equipment this year, it has all had many good years of service but is definitely in need of replacing now.
We're going to get a bigger slide (because that is E's favourite and she has outgrown the toddler one that we have), a basketball hoop and we're also looking at wooden playhouses to get for E's birthday on the 27th. I also want to get some garden activity toys, crazy golf and swingball and that sort of thing. With the kids being older now, we need to think of different things to keep them entertained out in the garden.
I've been browsing the selection of climbing frames at climbingframes.com, the Victory Pirate Ship climbing frame is amazing and I know even my big kids would love it. Something wooden with a slide and a swing or two would be ideal for us, so that all five of the kids could enjoy it equally. I've caught A sitting on the swings with E, I know she's not too big for them yet despite what she says!
The Mister is also in the process of rebuilding our patio. I hope it's finished sooner rather than later because we're going to need somewhere to sit for our Summer barbecues! Speaking of sitting, I also need to replace the outdoor table & chairs. I've even made a For the Garden Pinterest board to keep track of everything I am coveting, I can hear my bank account groaning already!
It'll all be worth it when it is done though, I'm so looking forward to the Springtime arriving, we could all do with a little warmth and sunshine.
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