Transforming Our Garden

garden is less of a garden and more a generous stretch of tarmac; I would love
for it to be greener it just looks like a car park rather than a proper garden
at the moment. It would be more of an
asset for the house if it were transformed into a more attractive space. We certainly have the space for a few
different options, its just finding the necessary budget to get started.

our plans require hiring a digger for getting to grips with the tarmac, hubbie
tried chipping away at it with a spade but it was an unforgiving task with no
signs of progress, he was exhausted and had only done one tiny circle. We will probably need to hire a skip for all
the subsequent chaos! The tarmac is
very thick so no doubt it will be a big job. 
Actually would I expect any less the whole house has been one epic job
after another (you may have gathered some of my earlier enthusiasm has waned

The tarmac has been handy for riding bikes but we could still keep some if needed for that purpose round the other end of our house.

we have to make the decision about having real grass or something artificial,
each having respective pros and cons but I do think I prefer the more natural
look overall. I want to reserve a
section of the new improved garden for the boys, ideally gated (to stop the dog
going to toilet there!) with a big play area installed, something like the picture just on a small scale.

For safety as I do worry (lots!) I would
like either play bark
at the bottom or those rubber mats just in case they ever have a tumble during
play. Grass is soft obviously but can
get quite muddy with the boys running about so I think the bark is a suitable
choice, especially with the wet weather in Wales.

am hoping we can get cracking before the boys are all about being with their
mates rather than spending time outside at home. I think the attraction of a monkey gym might wear off as they get
older, so I want to do it as soon as possible so they get the most use out of
it. I think I should ring round some
digger companies to get an idea and then go from there. Although wish us look when we navigate
around the water pipes!!!

Whilst looking at the play bark I noticed that Compost Direct have a sports quiz live at the moment. I did not fancy my chances but thought I would have a go anyway to exercise my grey matter. I managed to get 4/8 but I think it was mostly beginners luck because I am not a sports fan as such, two stadiums I did know outright but the other two points was purely from me guessing!

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