I am a firm believer that the simplest of days can bring the most joy especially the ones that are not planned or orchestrated. They are the days that create life lasting happy memories especially when the family is drawn together and time is carved out to simply enjoy each others company. Last weekend was testament to that, the sun shone on our little corner of the world as we headed out into the garden with a bundle of cushions and blankets under our arms and raided the shed for some den building essentials – bamboo canes, string, safety pins and scissors were all we needed to build the best den ever and the time we spent together was lovely.
My husbands boy scout instincts kicked in as he constructed the frame for our den, tying a knot in the string that any scout would have been proud of. Arthur, wobbly on his feet, tested out the strength of daddies frame which was robust enough not to have been knocked over and I added the finishing touches by pinning our beautiful Mori blanket to the frame and added cushions and bunting – because no den is complete without bunting, right! We spent most of the day in the garden soaking up the sunshine and fresh air, Arthur pottered in and out of his den whilst Richard and I enjoyed the time spent together as a little family. At the end of the day we carried a sleepy boy up to his bed and lay him down to dream.
To build a den you will need:
- blankets & cushions
- 4 bamboo canes
- string & scissors
- safety pins
Push the canes into the grass a suitable distance from each other so that it will fit the size of your blanket. Tie the ends of the canes together to create two “A” frames and run a piece of string between them. Then drape a blanket over the string and use safety pins along the edges to secure it to the frame. Add cushions and bunting.
What are your favourite simple days?