improvement - there's a funny phrase. Not funny 'ha, ha', more funny
'painful'. Because whatever guise this so-called 'home improvement'
takes it always results, in the short time anyway, in a home
I am very home diminished at the moment. My desire to have two rooms
knocked into one large room has resulted, so far, in a lack of any
rooms at all. But you see, I thought this through. "June", I said.
"Let's do it in June. The weather will be lovely. We can practically
HAHAHAHAHAHA. How the weather gods have laughed at that one.
Still, with the entire family holed up in the playroom for the rest of this month, I need
the children to live outside. Admittedly, I'm not selling it quite like
that. No, I'm far more devious. I used a scavenger hunt.
I cannot recommend it enough. Take one piece of paper; fIll it with a
dozen or so items to find and collect in the garden; give all children
in sight a container of some description to collect their treasures; put
on the kettle and shut the door.
As you will see from the photo, I'm starting with the easy stuff. If
you want some inspiration try any of these you have in the garden:
Ladybird, oak leaf, dandelion seed, caterpillar, poppy, feather, ant,
fern frond, rose petal, snail, bark, moss, worm, pine needle, pebble,
holly leaf, daisy, purple leaf, walnut shell, lavender, mint leaf,
fluffy clematis seedhead
But as the build progresses and my desperation for a room unsullied
by children increases, expect some harder versions. I'm thinking
four-leaf-clovers, parakeet feathers and slipper orchids. Possibly, if
we run into July, I might just add the fountain of youth, Lord Lucan and Shergar. I mean you wouldn't want to make it too easy, would you?