I wrote a post last Sunday called From Screen to Green which was all about ways to entice children away from their devices into the garden.
My two daughters had just returned from Australia that morning.
I always encourage them to spend time outdoors on the day they return, as daylight can help to re-set the body clock and reduce the effects of jet lag.
We are lucky to have my stepdaughter with us for the rest of the holidays, and she was full of beans, so this helped in keeping the two sleepy ones awake!
We were also preparing for a 70th Birthday party at our house for my dad. So I suggested that the girls cut and arrange flowers.
They were on a roll. I had been talking to them about my blog-post, and about all the things they have enjoyed doing in the garden.
They decided to make a shelter.
For two or three hours, they rigged up rope and tarpaulin under our willow tree. They made buttresses of sticks and covered them with leaves. They asked if they could use the cushions from the sun-loungers for ‘seats’ that could be rolled out to make ‘beds’. They added a log ‘table’. Then a campfire and food store.
What was really nice was that their older sister had fallen asleep long ago. She would usually be the ‘ideas girl’, and is pretty nifty at construction. The younger two were able to prove to themselves that they are pretty handy too.
It wasn’t long before they were asking if they could sleep there.
Well, I couldn’t say no, could I?
So they packed up sleeping bags and pyjamas and a torch. They took dried fruit and cereal in plastic containers for the morning. I warned them about wildlife (we have a lot of squirrels, a few mice, a family of slow worms in the compost, and at least one grass snake).
I can confirm that they made it through without being mauled by wild animals. They just got licked a bit by Ruby and Ziggy in the morning.
Here they are foraging for berries and eating their breakfast.
Do you remember camping out in the garden? Have you ever made your own shelter? Do you have any horror stories to share?
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