When we moved into our quirky little home we had no idea the work that actually needed doing.
And the garden was probably the biggest project, it seems to have taken forever to get it looking how we envisioned, and cost a small fortune. It’s the silly things that cost money. Fencing, concrete, grass seeds, weed killer and the list goes on. And all I wanted to do was buy garden furniture and create a family chill space.
This year we are finally at the furnishing stage, we have just finished fitting the lights and took delivery of our brand new garden furniture from Homebase a couple of weeks ago. I have been longing for a sofa forever but there had always been other priorities. Stuff you can’t see but need to do.
I was so giddy when it arrived, Joe and I set too arranging and organising the garden and it looked great. It also started to rain, and it rained for 4 weeks. Can you believe this summer? So I packed up the cushions and looked longingly out of the window and my sofa looking lonely on the decking in the rain, waiting to be used.
But the beauty of new garden furniture it that it is not going anywhere, it is waiting for those glory days of long hot summers, the whole family chilling and arguing over the corner seat.
It may have taken a while but at last, last week the sun came out.
The best thing was, the garden was empty. Joe had his BFF Fin here for the day so they were inside Xboxing. Jack was having a much-needed teen afternoon rest and Chris was at work. Now usually I am one for getting the kids in the garden to enjoy the fresh air. Usually that is where Joe is found.
But lucky for me the coast was clear and the sun was shining. I poured my self a sneaky late afternoon glass of wine, set up my cushions and grabbed a book. It was heaven, the birds were singing and Toby was laid nearby snoring in the afternoon sun, but other than that peace and quiet.
I had visions of this being a family area, somewhere we can all hang out in the summer. I had recently created myself a little chill area and this was my family vision. But just for today I was going to keep it all to myself and enjoy the peace.
Of course best laid plans and all that!
As soon as I got comfy I got ambushed. Joe and Fin had spotted me and decided to join me. Whilst I am always happy to see them, it took them ages to get comfy, and as they jumped from cushion to cushion deciding where to sit getting Toby giddy who was now trying to jump up and get in on the action.
Then Chris appeared, he is on full job mode at the moment so had a list of evening jobs for us to do. As he ran through the schedule I rolled my eyes knowing there was no relaxing for me this evening. By now Jack and his football appeared, honestly that ball is constantly attached to his bloomin foot. So he took pictures of us all as he intermittently kicked the ball around.
By this stage knew there was no relaxing for me, my vision of a chilled evening was slipping away. My jobs were waiting, and dinner had to be made. Thats what family life is like right? Enjoying being ambushed, making the most of time together.
But that sofa is not going anywhere; I know we will have many happy days chilling as a family. I will also get my me time, just me, the birds, the sofa and a magazine. But for now, it looks great and it ready and waiting for all those times, long hot summer days in the garden.