Out In The Garden This Summer
The heatwave might be subsiding but the summer is still a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. We love going to parks, exploring woodland and running across fields.
If you are a regular reader or follow me on social media you will also know that we have been away on holiday to Cornwall which was super. We had a good amount of thinking time and came home buzzing with ideas of things that we can improve upon in our lives and in our home and garden. If you read about our trip to the Eden Project you’ll know that the latter is firmly in my mind at the moment.
I love our garden. It’s not particularly overlooked and is bordered with a hedge and mature trees at the end which gives us additional privacy. What it is missing though is real thought to the design and that’s what I’m hoping to concentrate more on over the next few weeks.
I am sure that my boys will get involved with this project. They always seem so enthusiastic about choosing new plants and are really thoughtful when it comes to colour and seasonal combinations. In fact I could learn a lot from their less complicated approach to gardening! There will be times though where inevitably their attention might wander, and that’s fair enough, after all they are only young. So what do I do to keep them occupied in the garden when I’m pottering about sorting out the unwelcome weeds from the deliberately grown ones?
There are a few ‘go to’ activities. The sand pit is always popular and they have a play shed. We were gifted a climbing frame and swing set when we moved which they love too. There is one thing that we don’t have though that I think now they are a little older might well provide plenty of fun and we are being asked by them to consider: a ‘proper’ trampoline.
We’ve held off buying one because of some of the warnings that come along with them, but having read more I am confident that we can overcome several of these issues. Some of the more common accidents relate to improper installation of, for example, an accompanying safety net. Other common and serious injuries occur when children pile on all at once or are left completely unsupervised. Although my intention might be to do some weeding we don’t exactly have acres of land so a trampoline would be in clear sight at all times.
Another reason for holding off buying one was the cost. Long term investments such as a fruit tree or two seemed better than putting all of our budget into high cost play equipment. This too can be overcome though. Sites such as https://www.latestdeals.co.uk/tags/trampoline offer a great range of trampolines at surprisingly low prices.
I guess the only thing left to consider now is which size and style to go for.
Do you have a trampoline in your garden? Do you love it as much as your children? Let me know your thoughts!
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