Magic Moments // Winter Clear Up

It only takes a few days of sunshine for me to start thinking about summer evenings sitting out in the back garden, catching the last few rays of the day, enjoying the warmth of the sun on my face.  And then I look out of the kitchen window and I come back to earth with a bump. My back garden is a disgrace!  Over the winter my pots have suffered frost damage, there are broken fence panels, leaves are all in the flower beds, and the grass needs treating.  It is only now I realise that I forgot to plant any bulbs, so if I get any tulips or daffodils flower this year then it will be a miracle.  Nothing for it but to get out there and sort it out.  Operation Winter Clear Up.  Of course Harry joined in….

Playing in the gardenThe first day of clear up, he “helped” by pulling tufts of grass out of the garden and made dens for his dinosaurs.  The lawn had bald patches everywhere.  But to be honest because the grass looked so bad anyhow it didn’t really make much difference to the overall state of things.

T Rex Home

The following day Harry wanted to get a bit more hands-on.  Whilst I collected the dead leaves out of the flower beds and threw away the broken pots, Harry got on with the big-boys jobs with Daddy.

Tidying up the garden

Year on year we get frogs back to mate in our pond.  I am surprised they have bothered for the last two years because we haven’t looked after it since H was born.  There is practically no water left in it, the pump half works, and the plants have completely taken over.  I used to love sitting on the decking overlooking the pond and watch the tadpoles grow and hatch out of all the frogspawn.  To my delight they have returned for another year, along with a couple of newts.  Harry was fascinated with seeing the frogs up close but he wasn’t too keen on handling one.  He wouldn’t go near the newts or “little lizards” as he called them. Frog

All in all we had a very productive weekend.  The garden has started to resemble a space that we wouldn’t mind spending time in again, nature has returned to it’s usual spot, and a little boy has found a love for gardening.  We still need to plant a few bulbs, replace some pots and then plant them up, but the bulk of it is done.  It has started to resemble a garden again rather than a bombsite.

Cute gardener

More importantly  though, we got to spend some time together as a family and it cost us nothing, we got lots of fresh air, and we all mucked in.  A successful clear up operation.  Now just for some sunshine and those long lazy summer nights sitting out on the decking.  Can’t wait.


Harry’s Honest Mummy x



  1. March 19, 2016 / 9:43 am

    Sometimes the most simple things are the best things. He looks very happy with his grass dino!

  2. March 19, 2016 / 9:53 am

    Oh lovely photos especially the last one such a cheeky face. I love that he named the newts his little lizards, so cute. Our clean up has begun too. You are right it is fab to be able to get out together.

  3. March 19, 2016 / 11:34 am

    I love weekends like this, productive family time and seeing the garden coming together for the season ahead. Great dinosaur hut even if your lawn suffered in the process, atleast it had a little mow after and what a dear little frog. I’ve not even spotted any frogspawn here yet this year. I hope you have some lovely summer days to follow to make use of your new tidy space. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

  4. March 19, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    It was beautiful last weekend and this weekend its completely freezing! At least in Somerset it is haha! We need to clear up the garden too but we hope to move soon so my motivation isn’t all that 😉 x

  5. March 24, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Love your photos, Harry looks so pleased! We get frog spawn in our pond every year despite me not looking after the pond (I have no clue!) Apparently they always lay their spawn where they were born, how funny is that. Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

    • April 3, 2016 / 7:07 am

      I didn’t know that fact. Thanks for letting me know. No wonder we get loads back every year. Frisky little bunch! 🙂

  6. March 25, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    Good for you!! I have not been brave enough to get out there yet but our garden sounds as in need of love as yours. And how brave are you holding that frog? Id have screamed and run indoors haha!! Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

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