Garden Gamboling

This week we have had the absolute pleasure of having my parents’ house to ourselves.  They went on holiday on Sunday, leaving us with the burden of taking care of their house while they were away (did someone say party?).

It has been over a year since we had our own space as a family of four, so whenever one set of parents goes away on holiday, it is always a nice time for us.

The weather has been ace of late, so we’ve been able to open the back door on a permanent basis, and let the kids freely move from indoors to outside, and back again, to their hearts’ content.

Kids in garden

They’ve been able to enjoy the garden on their terms, which naturally means making a mess and playing with stuff that is potentially hazardous.

Fraser in the garden

Pebbles in garden

I took these photos of them turning my parents’ garden into Brighton beach during the week.  Please try to ignore Fraser’s ridiculous nappy.  He’d taken a dip in the paddling pool, and his nappy soaked up most of the water.

kids in the garden

Brighton beach garden

One thing that I’ve noticed this year (or not, as the case may be), is the lack of bees on the lavender.  My parents have two lovely lavender bushes (are they bushes?) in their garden, and a vivid memory from last year is the vast number of bees hovering around it.

Bees lavender

bees lavender

However, this year, there are barely any.  I don’t know if it is the right time of year yet, but I’ve only noticed a couple here and there.  I managed to get some shots of bees nevertheless.  It’s reassuring to see that some are still around.

bees lavender

Seriously, I cannot wait until we have our house and garden.  This week has been utter bliss having our own space and letting the kids have free rein of their living space, or garden space, as the case may be!

Finley lavender

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


15 thoughts on “Garden Gamboling

  1. Hoolks like a great week! What a lovely garden. It’s so nice to have a bit of space as a family. #countrykids


  2. What a lovely garden to explore and a great idea. Worrying about the bees – maybe a local problem? We were just commenting on how many there are round here ( S. Oxfordshire) right now. Nationally though they are still in trouble though. 😦 Lovely photos #countrykids


    1. My parents have a gorgeous garden – it has lots of space in the middle, but has plenty of colourful flowers around the perimeter too. Not to mention pebbles!

      Funny you should say that about the bees – the very next day, their numbers noticeably increased, so perhaps I was a little hasty in worrying. I always tend to bees in distress with some honey.


  3. I love letting mine explore in the garden. I’m thinking of digging up some worms today and definitely having a splash around in the pool. Now you’ve said it we have less bees – maybe it’s a bit early still? #countrykids


    1. I think I was a little hasty in my bee analysis, as over the weekend I’ve noticed significantly more bees on the lavender than just a few days ago. *sigh of relief*

      We’ve had so much garden fun this week. There was a teepee, planting seeds and of course the obligatory paddling-pool splashing! Thanks for popping by! x


  4. It’s great that you guys got some space to be a family of four for a change, it’s great to cut loose from ties and be yourselves for a while, whether that be parents or business. The boys look like they’re having a great time exploring the garden and getting free range to wander in and out as they please. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.


    1. It was so great, Fiona. We were definitely being ourselves – the living room looked like a cushions bomb site at one point!

      The boys had a super time in the garden. Just as well, as we’ve woken up to a rainy Monday morning, but have a play date scheduled later on – so it’s all good!

      Thanks for having me on #CountryKids. I’ve actually just discovered an awesome festival due this August not too far from London, after reading one of the blogs on the linky.


  5. I bet the four of you really enjoyed having your parents’ house to yourselves. Love the pool water nappy! We have the same here, too. I always keep a nappy on Jumpy then she goes in the paddling pool and the nappy weighs more than her!


    1. We so did, Mel. The pool water nappy was the thing of the week. At some points it was just hanging by one fastening on the side, with various other things hanging out, if you know what I mean? Hilarious. xx


  6. What a fantastic garden, and good use of the word ‘gamboling’, it’s one of my faves!

    Thanks for linking up with Point + Shoot xx


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