A Garden In Progress

Our garden has been in need of a good clean up for a long time but due to having three young children and holding down jobs, it was finding the time to do the huge task of tidying it up and actually making it back into a garden again but this time a fun and esciting garden that the boys would enjoy being in.

The jobs that needed to be done were colossal which was what probably out us off in the first place

  • The back of the garden Ivy had grown so much that it had attacked what was left of the fence and grew very high, it had actually taken up a good 2ft of our garden
  • New fence panels needed to be fitted at the back and also at the side of the garden
  • The shed at the back of the garden needed to be removed and replaced with possibly a bigger one that would also replace the smaller shed at the front of the garden
  • Trees needed to be cut down
  • Grass mowed and edges cut back
  • Concrete that gathered behind the shed needed to be removed
  • Garden needed to be leveled

My idea of a garden isn’t a flowery one but just one that the children can enjoy and have fun in but one that i could relax in too. I’m not very green fingered and find it hard to make the time to keep it pristine, so the less maintenance the better!

After much discussion with the other half we decided to buy the boys a play area, I had been on at Paul to buy them a play house but on a recent trip into Costco we found the perfect play area for them. It has 2 swings, a slide, a fort, a climbing wall, a house, a sandpit and a gymnastic bar, we took down the measurements and once at home we got the measuring tape out and took down some figures. It would just about fit in but we had the swimming pool up for the summer and that takes pretty much up our whole garden. We decided to go with it and just hope that our measurements were right. We thought that the ideal place would be at the bottom of the garden

The whole family have mucked in to clear up the garden including the little one who loved helping Daddy move all of the concrete and stones to the wheel barrow, he is a right grafter that one. We have worked until daylight has disappeared, we have made umpteen trips from the front of the house to the back with a wheelbarrow full of woodchip and we have all worked together to create a garden of fun!

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It has taken us over a week to get where we are and there is still so much to do, daddy didn’t buy enough fence panels and wood chip for the ground, so we need to sort that out, the ground still isn’t quite level but there isn’t much you can do when you have a whacking great big pool in it and the play area still has the odd decoration to be added to it.

I sat back and watched the boys play on the play area this evening, there little faces lit up with excitement, they was having so much fun playing together, laughing and enjoying themselves, my eyes welled up seeing such a sight.

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