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Spring cleaning the playhouse

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 05 Mar 2010 at 01:44 PM


Now before I begin, I'd like to get one thing clear - it's not yet spring.  As you may know, if you are unlucky enough to see my tweets, I get strangely irate about this.  I'm not really sure why.  There are many, many better things to get irate about - international human rights violations, climate change deniers, or pretty much anything that Sarah Palin says - but no, I expend my energy being cross about people ignoring the vernal equinox (well that and young men wearing their jeans below the pant line).

However, despite my belief that we are still languishing in winter, I have begun some spring cleaning.  More specifically, I've tackled our garden playhouse - Willow Cottage. 

I hadn't exactly planned to do this, but I have been having one of those weeks where my 'To Do List' may as well be framed, it's become that static.  So, in a fit of energy fuelled more by desperation than anything else, I raced outside in the spare hour I had before school pick up time, and somehow managed to.... take everything out of the playhouse, brush and sand down the inside walls, give it all a coat of paint, shake out the carpet and put everything back.  No, I don't know how I did it either.

I even put up some bunting.  Surprisingly, despite it being a rather lovely pink and green concoction, more appealing to say, a 38-year-old woman, than a little boy, Father Christmas seemed to think it would be a lovely gift for little Archie (damn smart, that Santa fellow).

So now, the playhouse is again fit for human habitation - and it's already being used by the children on a daily basis.  This is not exactly surprising - the days are lovely, but still a little chilly, yet the playhouse keeps off the worst of the weather and warms them up a little. 

In fact, I have just realised, it's actually a child-sized cloche - perfect to bridge the gap between winter and spring (which, in case you were wondering, begins this year at 5.23pm on Saturday 20th March....AND NOT BEFORE!)


Jen said:

It looks wonderful im sure you will have lots of sunny days and evening to enjoy it soon. Heres Hoping!

Ditto with the low slung jeans... whats that all about? Buy some that fit! AHHH!

on 06 Mar 2010 at 10:38 AM

Miranda Hodgson said:

Lucky children! I always wanted a what we called a Wendy house when I was little.

Agree about the low-slung jeans. Can't figure out why they don't just fall down altogether. It looks silly.

on 06 Mar 2010 at 11:36 AM

Dawn Isaac said:

Jen - actually have just come in from a gorgeous sunny afternoon so looks like I cleaned it out just in time.

Miranda - me too!  I have bought my children everything which I really wanted as a child - except for the rocking horse which was just too pricey...

Both - So pleased I'm not alone on those trousers though I fear I'm showing my age!

on 06 Mar 2010 at 05:01 PM