Great adventures in Grandad’s garden

27 Aug

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.

The Treehouse

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.

Pirates ahoy!

Pirates ahoy!

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.

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The Comma Butterfly (Polygonia c-album)


Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)


Large White (Pieris Brassicae)


Peacock (Inachis io)


Common Blue (Polyommatus Icarus)

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.

The Folly was built by Grandad is one of my favourite parts of the garden.

The Folly was built by Grandad and is one of my favourite parts of the garden.

Stunning Tree Lillies in the garden this summer

Stunning Tree Lillies in the garden this summer

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!




25 Responses to “Great adventures in Grandad’s garden”

  1. Mammasaurus August 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    What beautiful photos and a very clever Grandad too! Grandparents gardens really are the best thing, one day I hope to do the same for my grandchildren.

    Such beauty – thank you for sharing x

  2. Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill) August 28, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    What a very talented Grandad – it appears he can turn his hand to most things! The garden is gorgeous and I can see why the children have so much fun there – thanks for linking up and sharing their Grandparents garden adventures with Country Kids.

    • greenmumsblog August 30, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      Thank you. Yes they are very lucky children! x

  3. Shell Louise August 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    Oh wow, this sounds like a dream garden! How wonderful for your children to be making such brilliant memories 🙂

  4. Nichola fabfortymum August 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    What a beautiful garden indeed. I love his Folly, what a fantastic idea and how handy and green fingered is he! Beautiful pictures and a fabulous garden to explore. I really enjoyed your pictures 🙂

  5. Claudia August 29, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    what a beautiful garden and how wonderful that there is always something new to do!! i love the butterfly bush. they are absolutely amazing

  6. helvetiahandmade August 29, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    Beautiful. Can he adopt me?

  7. Katie August 29, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    What an awesome garden and Grandad! Love love love the tree house and doorbell and zip wire and folly… amazing.

  8. Gemma Garner August 29, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    Grandad sounds very resourceful indeed. I would have loved to learn how to make arrow heads as a kid 🙂

    • greenmumsblog August 30, 2013 at 7:58 am #

      He is very clever. Lots of years working as a history teacher! Thanks for popping by

  9. thereadingresidence August 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Wow, just wow! My 3 year old’s looking at this with me, and now wants that treehouse!

    • greenmumsblog August 30, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      Ha ha, I hope your little one gets a treehouse too!

  10. Iona@redpeffer August 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Oh wow, what a fabulous looking garden. My mum’s garden is like that for my two-so many places to explore. A truly secret garden-perfect for children.

    • greenmumsblog August 30, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      Yes it is gorgeous, I love gardens with lots of places to explore. Thanks for popping by

  11. maryqueenofscotts August 31, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    What fun! The kids look like they have an entire playground to themselves. And you know all of the butterflies – my daughter would love to know what each of the ones she sees outside are since we have so many around our bush.

    • greenmumsblog September 5, 2013 at 10:48 am #

      thank you for stopping by. To be honest I had some help from my husband naming the butterflies!

  12. PODcast (@The_Doves) August 31, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    What a truly fabulous garden, I’m loving the folly and the butterfly photos are just amazing 🙂

    • greenmumsblog September 5, 2013 at 10:47 am #

      Thank you – the photos took a lot of patience and gave me a bad back!


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