Author Archives: charlesbodsworth

About charlesbodsworth

I'm a dad of two, web content professional, occasional triathlete and blog about maintaining websites and, more personally, about my growing children and garden.

A second floor for the treehouse

Last year I built an extension to the kids’ treehouse, more or less in the nick of time given they’re quickly outgrowing the first floor. So, here’s the starting point, when I climbed up the tree with the children on … Continue reading

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Yesterday I dug out the first usable compost from our compost heap. It may look run of the mill to you, but to me it was a revelation. Anyhow, it’s something to be out and working in the garden: it’s … Continue reading

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Hello 2013

I didn’t blog a lot in 2012. This was largely due to the disastrous weather and total washout in the garden. To sum it up: nothing grew and we barely went outside because it rained and rained and rained. This … Continue reading

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A treehouse for the kids

I’ve been promising the kids a treehouse for a while now.  JZ did the plans, which not only artfully represented a castle in the sky, but included a handy reckoner of the order in which to do things (“sters furst”). … Continue reading

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A plan comes together

So, the plan was to make a garden that weaves together a playground, vegetable garden, somewhere to relax and, ideally, something that looks good.  Still working on that last one – the structure is in, but big areas like the … Continue reading

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The lazy guide to gardening

It’s proving difficult to be a hands-on gardener with two young children, so we took the approach of throwing money at the problem and got someone in to make progress for us.  Having built our first deck myself, it was … Continue reading

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Battening down the hatches

Autumn is definitely here now, heralded by mushrooms growing in the lawn.  We should be well on the way to preparing the garden for a winter sleep by now, but my pneumonia got in the way. On the upside I … Continue reading

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Scratch what I said about autumn

Something strange has happened and summer has arrived.  It’s October.  But we’re not complaining and have spent all weekend in the garden, barbequing, drinking beer and chatting.  We’ve even done a bit of gardening. The shorter days mean we are … Continue reading

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Autumn draws near

It’s begining to feel distinctively autumnal and the garden is in its last period of fruitfulness.  Here’s some of that:

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Summer fun

Despite the wet July, it’s been a summer of fun in the garden.  A few old friends have made it round and we’ve been establishing new friends locally.  Here’s Mr F and then JZ. And some scenes from our barbeques:

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