My word this week is
What does it take to get my children outside these days? Well, it would appear that some sort of wifi blackout would be useful, or maybe a nice garden in which they enjoy spending time could be the key too.
At the beginning of the week we had neither - we still have wifi, I was joking about that on account of the teen needing to sever himself from YouTube for long enough to notice the good weather, that would be my only hope you see.
So, this week we've had reasonable weather here which has meant that I've felt the need to locate garden tools and other things required to make the garden a haven rather than a hazard. On Wednesday we were fortunate in that work was finally completed on the fence shared between us and our neighbour - all down to them and in honesty I'm truly grateful as it means that we could crack on with getting the garden straight for summer.
Wednesday was spent pottering about and attempting actual grown-up gardening while the youngest children played and ate ice cream on the lawn. It was quite pleasant on the whole although I managed to get sunburnt.
|It's fair to say, I'm not built for sun worship...|
Our garden still wasn't anywhere near ready for all the good weather we will no doubt be getting this summer (ha!) and so I decided to enlist the help of my mother who fortunately knows her way around a pair of secateurs far better than me.
Today we chopped, we weeded, we dug and we replanted. With the bribe of another ice cream we ended up with several small volunteers to help (and the wifi was still connected too!). It is true that many hands make light work and while getting the garden in order seemed like an impossible task initially, we got there in the end.
You'll have to excuse the rough pictures but just to give you an idea...
|The "before" shot - taken in February|
|The "transformation" - still a little way to go|
The grass still needs help and there are very few flowering plants at the moment but that's a work in progress. We spent the rest of today outside as a family, even the teen spent a brief bit of time in the fresh air without complaint. We were in the garden for so long that I've had to promise the twins a picnic lunch outside tomorrow just so that I could persuade them to come in and go to bed. I had honestly forgotten how much I liked our garden and I'm so glad that we've managed to reclaim it at last. It feels like we've gained an extra room.