Our garden had been rather neglected over the Winter months (lack of time, darker evenings) and unfortunately the fence bore the brunt of the Winter storms and we lost eight panels - not just blown down but completely splintered and reduced to firewood.
So, now the weather has settled down, the Mr has been out there rebuilding a different style of fencing in the hope that it will be sturdier than the panels were, and making our garden safe for the kids again - just in time for the Easter holidays! They love playing out there and they've not been able to as the garden was open to the road, but now it's fenced back in and they've been out there helping their Dad and Uncles with the building work and playing on the trampoline now I have put the safety enclosure back up after it's Winter break.
E was delighted to be reacquainted with her playhouse and wasted no time in getting in and 'cooking' on her little play kitchen. I foresee lots of pretend play going on over the next few months, weather permitting. I saw a great idea for a 'mud kitchen' on another blog (I forget whose, sorry, please do say if it's you so I can link it - it's brilliant) and after seeing an old kitchen sink built into a bench in the nursery play area at the boys' school I think it would be a great addition to the garden - just outside the play house, of course!
H & E have been earning their keep by helping their Dad & Uncles rebuild the fence and tidy the garden, and also make a start on our new patio area. The previous one had seen better days so it was broken up and now we plan to make a new area for us to sit and enjoy barbecues or just eating al fresco when we are able. H has said how excited he is to be working on this project, and A has been drawing some garden design ideas. It will be a really rewarding experience for them to have had a hand in helping to design and build the garden, something that they can be really proud of.
Although when you're little, sometimes gardening and building can get a bit tiring so it's fun to have a break and enjoy a good bounce on the trampoline and to play a bit of football & have a kick and throw about.
I can't wait to show you our progress and how our garden grows and develops over the next few months. It's going to be great to have a really welcoming outdoor space for us to enjoy as a family - and for the kids to burn off some excess energy!