Our own garden is fairly large but steeply sloping and terraced in places. It is a lovely space but doesn’t really give us a big enough area for the children to run around and burn off their seemingly unlimited stores of energy.
Luckily the children are fortunate enough to have grandparents with beautiful, big gardens. When visiting Grandma and Grandad in Kent, the children are totally spoilt as their garden is like one big playground. You could play hide and seek here for days on end without getting bored. There are so many little places to hide in. There are also mature trees to climb, a vast lawn for games of croquet or badminton and, best of all, a hand-crafted treehouse. This was made by Grandad and includes a pine-cone doorbell, a letterbox, little seats and a table (again all hand-made) and two little windows that they can open to keep look-out for spies (or grown ups!) It really is quite amazing.
Grandad is very ingenious and usually comes up with some new entertainment for our next visit. What started as a pirate ship made from scaffolding poles and planks, soon evolved into the departure point for the new zip wire! Some cabling and other technical bits and bobs, along with a handcrafted wooden seat has now taken shape and whizzes them from one end of the garden to the other. It is totally brilliant and keeps them amused for hours.
The garden is filled with gorgeous flowers, ponds and wildlife so we also spend time looking for frogs and butterflies. Here are a few that we spotted on our most recent visit.
We love exploring the numerous little paths that lead you to a folly, an apple tree filled with little people (yes, really!), statues, hidden benches and a greenhouse crammed full of little seedlings bursting out of their pots. At the top of the garden is Grandad’s shed in which he keeps everything and anything and you know that he can put his hand on exactly the thing he needs at a moment’s notice.
It’s a wonderful space for the children to grow up in and I thought it was definitely worth a mention on here. I hope you will enjoy the photos too.
Thomas loved helping Grandad to plant his runner beans in the spring. When we came back in the summer we ate them for tea!
Whilst we were in Kent a few weeks ago, we bought home some flint and asked Grandad to show us how to make some arrow heads. It seems there are no end to his talents!