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Sand pit gardening with the kids

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 22 Feb 2010 at 02:05 PM


Occasionally I look back at something and wonder how I managed it - the three peaks challenge for example, or staying awake after midnight. Today I am having similarly incredulous thoughts about achieving a whole 90 minutes in the garden on Saturday despite being accompanied by two of my children.

Admittedly Ava and Oscar weren't gardening the entire time, although they did manage to complete a few jobs including some quite effective cutting back of perennials.  I didn't actually arm them with secateurs you understand, as to call them a bit clumsy is like calling Tiger Woods a tad flirtatious.  Instead they used their round-ended craft scissors which are not only a whole deal safer but have the added bonus of being in dayglo bright colours so are easier to find when misplaced again, and again, and again.

We also heeled in five Bird Cherry trees (Prunus padus) destined for the new village playground next month, spread some compost and even cleared away the dead leaves from their gardens to spot the bulbs appearing below.  Of course, this did lead to the inevitable fight over who had the most snowdrops, but what can I say?  My kids are kind of competitive.

And then, just when I thought they would say they had had enough and want to go inside, they found a new entertainment - namely sand gardens.  This apparently involves nicking all the materials I have just cut down - from grasses and dogwood stems to coppiced Eucalyptus - and replanting them in the sandpit. 

This kept them busy for a good half-an-hour which thankfully is at least 20 minutes longer than it will take me to tidy up after them (the classic distraction to mayhem ratio needed for all child-based activities).

And it didn't stop there - we also had the trampoline bouncing game, the seeing shapes in clouds game and even the twirling swing game.  Unfortunately this was followed by the smash each other in the head with space hopper game which lasted about 10 seconds until Ava started complaining that Oscar was, well... smashing a space hopper into her head.

Still, 90 minutes!  It's almost worth the head trauma...


Miranda Hodgson said:

That brings back memories, we did all that too. We also used to poke bamboo canes into rotting apples and fling them into the neighbouring gardens, until we got found out.

on 24 Feb 2010 at 11:13 AM

Dawn Isaac said:

Miranda - you sound a most delightful child!  I now have this to look forward to as our apple trees arrived today.

on 25 Feb 2010 at 01:28 PM

Miranda Hodgson said:

It was my brothers, Dawn - they started it, then they encouraged me.

You'll be keeping an eye on your bean poles, then...

on 25 Feb 2010 at 07:00 PM

Dawn Isaac said:

and my boys!

on 26 Feb 2010 at 07:00 PM