Category Archives: Mr F

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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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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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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Helping out again

I optimistically got the kids to help out with some spring planting.  JZ is obsessed with writing, and her contribution mainly focused on putting letters onto plant tags and then asking, “What does ‘spReJ’ spell?”  She did however help scatter … Continue reading

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Slide + kids

It does now feel as if spring has arrived.  JZ and Mr F, always the optimists, marked this by dancing about in a tub of cold muddy water with bare feet.  In addition, they gave the slide a proper test … Continue reading

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Planting out our Jerusalem artichokes

JZ and Mr F gave able assistance in planting out our first Jerusalem artichokes. The mound of clay soil behind JZ looks a mess, but is in fact a piece of garden landscaping.  I have in mind a garden of … Continue reading

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Mr F helps out

Mr F hung out with me while I damaged my back lugging horse manure about.  JZ was off delivering her friend back home in the car.  Mr F marked the occasion by first pouring water over himself from the freezing … Continue reading

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