Monday, 10 May 2010
Dream Garden VS Garden for Children...
Some of you may remember that last year we started the process of transforming the small piece of land at the back of the house into a garden. A digger removed some of the soil as it was full of stones etc.. We were supposed to have some top soil delivered and set about making a garden but that didn't happen for different reasons, time and weather being the main ones.
At last, it's back on course again. It is a big task... Removing all the weeds and looking for Victorian china and glass. There is plenty of it buried in the earth!
This is what we are tackling, a fast expanse of weeds...
The temporary black weed cover marks the boundary between our garden and the field.
Eventually the hedge which backs on to the lane/road will be replaced with a high stone wall which will run from the end of the garden right up to the house. This will give our back garden total privacy as it will no longer be seen from the road.
Not a pretty sight the "In between stage". I'll be glad when it's all done
We plan on converting the stone shed into another room, possibly a utility room. The garden first though, that will come later.
I would like to have a vegetable plot where the washing line is at the moment but we are still working on the design of the garden. I know exactly what I would like but there is one problem...Being in the countryside, Miss P can't go the park and play on swings etc as often as she'd like. So...she is REALLY keen to have a swing and a trampoline in the garden... I don't mind a swing but I like a garden to look aesthetically pleasing and the idea of a big trampoline in our garden is one that I am not too enamoured with ;-(
I have never liked gardens geared for children (climbing frames, slides, trampolines etc...) not pretty, not a relaxing environment. Selfish of me I know but I'm being honest. I'd like a summer house, a vegetable plot, a nice green lawn and an abundance of roses and scented shrubs and flowers. I think that you are getting the picture, a peaceful, pretty and relaxing garden....
I have always seen trampolines as an eyesore. However, I have to consider Miss P's feelings and would like her to have fun in the garden. After all, It's not just about what I like... This why I have to start my plans from scratch again. The objective being how can I somehow not make the trampoline the first thing you notice when you step in to the garden. ;-)
Some of today's finds
Miss P keen to help
We have bag and bucket full of pieces of broken pottery, all found in the back garden.
When the garden is finished we will go through all the pieces, clean them and make something with them. I have different ideas, we'll have to see.
It's a bit colder again this week, we've had to light the fire a couple of times. Let's hope that the warm weather comes back soon. ;-)