The weather is being typically British at the moment, having lured us in to a false sense of security by letting us think that summer may just have arrived, only to blow our hopes a week later.
It’s our own fault for daring to put away our winter clothes and start to show the sun parts of our pasty white bodies that have been in hibernation all winter. We should have known what was coming. It is a Bank Holiday weekend after all.
But a rare break in the rain this weekend and a sudden outburst of sunshine had us rushing in to the garden to get some much needed fresh air and burn off some energy. We have a fantastic garden and there is no better place to be when the sun is shining, especially when you don’t know how long you’ve got until the next shower hits.
We made time to explore.
There is a ‘secret’ passage that runs down the side of our garden, made possible by the fact that the Laurels, which are old and therefore huge, have grown out and left a gap between our garden and next door’s fence. You can let your imagination run wild in here and it’s also a great place for hide and seek.
My eldest daughter opted out of our little expedition, preferring instead to practice her cartwheels, which she can never resist the urge to do, despite the grass being wet. Anyone who can do cartwheels whilst wearing wellies deserves a mention, in my book. I wasn’t tempted to join her.
Playtime fun at the bottom of the garden suits all three of our children. For one child the play frame is handy for doing all things gymnastics related and for another it is about relaxing on the swings or playing house. The third and youngest loves to be Captain of his ship (at the moment it is a space ship, due to a Star Wars obsession).
It is great to see the garden coming to life. My husband and the girls have been busy planting out the vegetables in their lovely plot and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a good harvest this year.
The homemade pond on the other hand, doesn’t appear to be showing similar signs of life!
You could spend all day out in our garden exploring and playing and then, when you’ve had enough, it’s time to relax.
Shush don’t tell anyone, but this is my favourite place in the garden.
To be enjoyed in the hot balmy evenings when the kids have gone to bed and with a chilled glass of wine in hand (I’m optimistic, but I’m sure that it won’t be long before we have this type of weather again).
We’re not the only ones who enjoy our garden. It is teaming with wildlife of the feathered and furred variety. We have a fox den in the Laurel hedge and regularly see the babies coming out to play in the early evening. I’ve seen Wood Peckers, Jays and even a Pheasant and of course plenty of grey squirrels. This one came to help himself to the bread we put out this morning.
The birds are never lucky enough to get any of the offerings that we put out because the foxes and squirrels tend to get there first.
But our favourite garden resident is a very special young lady. In fact, she inspired me to write this post because she reminds us all that nature is right on our doorstep.
This beautiful deer has been living between our garden and the neighbours on either side since she was young. We don’t know what her circumstances were or how she came to be here (there is a deer park in the middle of our town, but it is too far from our house for her to have strayed from). No authority of any kind has been interested in her and as far as they are concerned she is a wild animal and can live where she likes.
We don’t mind. It is lovely to have such a special resident. The children have named her Poppy and it always makes our day when we see her in the garden (usually first thing on a morning). Even the foxes seem used to her now and to be honest, we would miss her if she decided to leave.
What is special about your garden and have you started to rediscover it too now that the spring has arrived?
This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots100 May Challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Elveden Forest.