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Outdoor Fun: The Garden

on May 4, 2014

We have lots of local parks, but sometimes playing in the garden is easier. Unfortunately what we currently have as a garden is not what most people call a garden. Don’t get me wrong, it’s better than nothing, but it is far from child friendly.

It’s at the side of our house and exposed on all three sides by a wall that is easily climbable by an adult (hello thieves and kidnappers). In fact on one side, the neighbour’s fence blew down and so the wall is easily climbable by Elvis (and the neighbour’s giant dog who quite frankly scares me). The floor is covered in moss and building debris. There are two drainage covers and the step back into the house is quite high.

Everything about it is dangerous!

But, until we move, I am determined to make little improvements to it. We have bought a whole bunch of foam mats to combat the concrete hardness of the floor (and cover the drain covers). They will hopefully get rid of some of the dirt aspect. So we have bought a few toys for Elvis to play with out there – he’s getting more for his birthday, but they can stay at Nanny’s until we move there. He has his foam mats, some plain and some with the alphabet on them, the letters pop out and Elvis has already had a good chew on them. From a second hand Facebook page I bought a rocker for only a couple of pounds because Elvis really enjoyed playing on them at play-groups. Daddy then bought him a play tunnel with two houses that can all join together or be played with separately; they are unplayed with at the moment, but Elvis loved a similar tunnel at play-group.

What I really love about these outdoor toys, and therefore this house, is that they are easily moveable. Our garden is tiny (and unsafe) and our house is barely any bigger really so we really can’t store outdoor toys. The tunnel and houses collapse into a tiny bag, the mats all stack up neatly and the rocker is currently propped up against the wall (Elvis has somehow failed to notice it after three days!), which make them all easy for taking in and out of our garden, but also to the park or to the birthday BBQ I’m planning for my own birthday this year. Hopefully they should all last a few years, too!

This summer will be amazing!

~ P

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