That there is the sound of the metaphorical bomb that has gone off in our garden this last week.
I love our little garden. It's not big but it is a little haven of outdoor peace where I like to sit in the summer with my knitting; watch the children play, swing and bounce; have campouts; eat al fresco; tend my veggies and just enjoy this corner of the earth that smiles on me.
When we first put in our raised beds and started a vegetable garden in 2009 it used to look like this...
There was lots of lush, green growth
a pretty herb wall
a swing and climbing frame for the children
(these 2 pics are from 2007 when Amy was a lot shorter than me and Toby refused to wear trousers!)
and a little shed where I liked to do my planting and pottering
Today it looks a bit different. A bit like a bomb went off, hence the KABOOM!
The climbing frame and swings have gone because they are really no longer safe for Toby now he is so big and swings so high. The raised beds are being moved and the shed is being dismantled and recycled.
Lots of big changes and lots of hard work for H but hopefully it will be worth it because thanks to the generous donations and fundraising of family and friends who have raised a lot of money for us we will be putting in a garden respite room. This will give Amy a space for doing homework or seeing friends out of earshot of Toby's meltdowns; a quiet, almost outdoor space for Toby to come on rainy days; a place for H or I to take it in turns to have a night off from Toby duty and just a little place to escape from intense situations for a short time.
We've also got Toby a lovely new swing seat that gently sways instead of heartstopping mega swinging! I'm so looking forward to it all being done and hoping that it will make the big difference to family life that we think it might. But for now there is a lot of digging and hard work ahead and I'm so grateful that H is great with things like this.
By the way thanks so much for all of the comments on the previous post. I've really enjoyed reading everyone's thoughts on being a homebody, or not being one as the case may be.
Oh and if anyone sees Spring please could they send it in this direction as H needs some warm dry weather to get the concrete to set!
Have a good week where you are and thanks for dropping in x