Now I’m approaching the end of my pregnancy I am letting my mind wander to the reality of having three children in the house. As their ages aren’t too far apart, I’m thinking more and more about how they might play together. The first two are so different in their characters. That doesn’t mean they don’t love each other and have fun together. But they just have different preferences for what that play should be.
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Thing 3 is only a matter of days away. I’ve started to nest, and the garden is pretty high up on my list of priorities. That’s pretty unusual for me, but I guess it’s to do with the fact that Spring is coming. I want the kids to be able to play outside and have fun. I think the garden might require a fair amount of work if it’s going to live up to my idea of a dream garden, though.
I would love to have a good sized patch of lawn for us all to sit on with a picnic blanket. Snack time would be so lovely out in the fresh air looking at the flowers. I think there should be plenty of gorgeous colours in my garden. Reds, oranges and yellows on one side. And blues, purples and pinks on the other. I know which of my girls would prefer the pink side! Artificial grass is care-free, and will hopefully mean there are fewer incidents of sneezing this summer.
I would love to have the space for a trampoline, a see-saw and a slide. I can just envision it now. All three kids enjoying climbing and bouncing and swinging. There might even be space for a paddling pool in the summer. As they get older, a nice contemporary garden bench will provide me with the ideal vantage point to keep an eye on them. Right now, I can’t imagine I’ll be joining them on the trampoline!
Even if I had the space, getting the garden right takes a lot of hard labour. Hiring a landscaper to sculpt the space into a kiddy zone could be one way to get what we want. I doubt it’s very cheap, though. I think having areas that the children can look after is a great way for them to learn some valuable skills. Some vegetables and fruits in planters and containers could be the ideal way for them to get involved in growing and gardening.
It will be lovely if we can entertain some family and friends in the garden this summer. I’d love a great decking area with a gorgeous dining set, gazebo for shade and a barbecue for a meal. I’m not sure I’ll ever have the time to enjoy a sun lounger again, but it would be nice to have a comfy one somewhere sheltered. Reading used to be something I would love to do out in the park on a sunny day.
I think our gardens can all be amazing spaces for the kids, no matter how small it may be. My dream garden is pretty elaborate, though! What does your dream garden look like?