I’ve been a little quiet this week for no reason in particular, just sometimes I need to switch off a little. The laptop sits on the desk and I can’t quite bring myself to switch it on as I know I will get lost in an online world and I’d rather just have a little time in the here and now. My husband goes back to work tomorrow after a lovely two weeks off so this last week has been spent just pottering and doing a few little jobs. Lucas was back in pre-school so we couldn’t plan anything too far away and as the weather was nice we took to the garden.
Our garden is only small but it is a real labour of love; when we first moved in it was just dirt, we did nothing with it for nearly twelve months so you can imagine the state it was in. Out of the blue one of our neighbours offered us some turf, he was putting a patio in his garden and didn’t want it going to waste. This was the start of our outside space, an amazingly kind offer from a near stranger and we were so grateful. Since then my Nana helped us to get a shed, my mum bought the boys their little play house and we lifted a few planters from her house, their other Grandparents got the swing and have donated lots of lovely cuttings from their own garden and every year it grows and grows. We still have more to do, an outside table, the mandatory fairy lights, a few more plants and maybe a sandpit for the boys. There is a little space that we call the toddler garden that I would like to make a more bright and colourful and I am on the look out for some cute stepping stones. Each year we manage to do a little more and I love to see the changes.
So, this week we haven’t done much but we have really enjoyed our garden, we had a couple of gorgeous days when we could really make the most of it. It gets the sun for most of the day and it is relatively safe for me to let the boys explore (although I did find Bear eating soil today!). I often gaze out the window at it and smile and I feel so content when I see the boys out there. We don’t know much about plants and we are very much learning as we go but it is a lovely little outdoor space and I’m glad that it is ours.