A Summer of Firsts
Home. For us, this one isn't forever but it's still our for now and it's the first we've ever known with these two beautiful boys. We've had a Summer of family BBQ's, lazy days paddling, jenga battles, twilight dinners, hammock lazing, infectious laughter and first birthday celebrations. And it all happened here, in this garden. A Summer of memories; memories we wouldn't have made a year ago, before we decided to invest in this little garden, our first, for our children and for the Summers that are to come.
Upon moving into our home, the garden was something we knew would need a little love, shall we say, and after the first Summer had left us and A was starting to walk (and jump, tumble and chase), we scheduled to have the garden in full working order for the following year. It was difficult not being able to make the most of the warm weather when A was so excited to get outside and play.
The before below is actually after we'd already done alot of the work; there was a tree to cut down, weeds to pull, overgrown plants to pull and a second patio on top of the one below, which had just been put together with sand. After lots of manual labour (and a Mr J feeling very manly with an axe), we'd got to this point and decided that we'd love to put in decking. However, for the size we wanted to cover, we knew it would be costly.
We looked into a number of different options, including taking out a loan to help us cover the cost, which was our favoured route, but were lucky enough in the end that my Dad offered to cover the price and the work was done.
Sometimes it's hard to prioritise one home renovation over another, but we know we made the right decision in tackling the garden first. This Summer has been a world away from the others and we know it was all worth it when we can throw open the doors each day and spend as much family time as possible in the great outdoors (well, our great outdoors anyway).