When I was talking to my daughters and step-daughter about my recent blog-post From Screen to Green, they suggested all kinds of things that they have enjoying doing in the garden. They remembered making base camps and camp fires and racing one another whilst balancing on a rolling log.
They must have felt inspired, because they then 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.
My eldest daughter would usually be the ‘ideas girl’, and is pretty nifty at construction. But she wasn’t around at the time. 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.
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