Sunday, 5 June 2011

Summer Time

It looks like the summer weather is back at last here in the North West of England.  Not that I've been able to enjoy it in the last couple of days.  Friday was spent in a very hot car, with broken air-conditioning, driving to Bangor and back to move No.2 Son home after his first year of university.  And yesterday I was happily cropping with friends while the sun was shining outside; by the time I was back at home and ready to chill with a glass of wine in the garden, it was spitting with rain.


Maybe today I will get a chance to plant my hanging baskets and then relax in our lovely garden hammock.

The hammock that started life as a trampoline.

At least that was what No.3 Child wanted us to buy back in 2007 - a trampoline.  All her friends had one.  She was the only child in the whole universe that didn't have one.  However, we were reluctant to buy one as we felt  a) that she was getting a bit too old for a trampoline and would soon lose interest, b) that a decent sized one would take up too much room in the garden, killing off the grass if it wasn't moved regularly (how?!!) and c) that they're no good for drinking wine on!

Ever one to compromise, she suggested a hammock as an alternative which was much more acceptable, if less bouncy.  We found the on-line store Hammock Heaven and invested in a "double" hammock that would take several children at once knowing full well what would happen when the children's friends visited!  Of course it arrived during a typically wet week and there was no prospect of it being constructed in the garden for days!  So like good parents, who have already disappointed their daughter once, we built it indoors in the living room!!

Layout - Hammock in our living room - Jimjams
Sorry, this page may not be new to UKS readers - made in 2009!

Child No.3 does still occasionally ask for a trampoline for the garden - but of course now that we have a hammock there's no room!!

This story was brought to you in conjunction with Si├ón's Storytelling Sundays - find more June tales here.  Thanks for stopping by :D

P.S. the Counterfeit Kit for June went live today over on the CKCB - come back tomorrow to see the details of what I shopped my stash for :D

28 comments:

Mary B said...

Now that is a novelty an indoors trampoline hammock
Great page too (I don't remember that one)

Allycat x said...

Nice LO, not seen that before! Like the idea of a hammock though! Thanks for the reminder of CKCB - I'll pop over & have a look!

scrappyjacky said...

I really like the idea of a hammock as well....far more civilised than a trampoline!!

JO SOWERBY said...

a hammock i would love but i would find it hard to climb in and out of. instead my mum and dad have a swinging garden seat.............bliss,
jo xxxx
now if only the weather would improve!

Gems said...

Lovely page :) So bright and cheerful. xx

Cheri said...

I'll take a hammock over a trampoline any day of the week!

Becky said...

Love the story and the layout! We have a trampoline and now that the children are 20 and 21 it is used as a large sunbed in the garden unless my little nieces come to visit when it is jumped on!

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

It's great that your daughter was willing to compromise for something that was better suited for your yard. Plus, I'm willing to bet her friends were just as happy to have a giant swing that all of them could share while they gossiped the days away. BTW, I love the colors of your LO.

Abi said...

lovely page and sweet story. The hammock looks amazing xxx

Jane said...

the hammock sounds great, I fancy one myself now.

Sian said...

Now that's a classic! It really gave me a smile today because it sounds so much like the kind of thing that would happen in our family. It's a great tale to lay down for posterity.

Thanks for being such an enthusiastic advocate for Storytelling Sunday Jemma. Much appreciated.

Tracy said...

I would much prefer a hammock to a trampoline! Good swap.

Lynn said...

A great story, very well told. We have a trampoline but I would much prefer a hammock!

Ginger said...

I wouldn't mind a hammock! I might have to talk with hubby to see if that would fit in with the backyard renos :) I enjoyed your story very much!

Alison said...

Love that hammock...much more civilized than a trampoline! Great Lo and story
Alison xx

furrypig said...

we have a trampoline in the garden and it is quite comfy to lie on but have always fancied a hammock!!

Clair said...

I went to the same university as Son No.2 - what's he studying? x

Karen said...

I would so love that hammock. Lovely story and I love your layout.

Melissa said...

Great story - who would have thought a trampoline could be replaced by a hammock!

Beverly said...

A hammock is such a good thing wherever it is found :) Love the layout, you've used all three of my fav colors...orange, blues and greens

Gail said...

Loved your story and it even reminded me we have a hammock in the basement - need to get that out. Now one in the living room is definitely a new one on me. :)

S said...

A story and a layout, and both so well done. Glad you shared.

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a great solution, and I love, love, love the fact that you set it up inside!
Yea mom!
Rinda

Miriam said...

I love your story, and the photo is fabulous. Your story reminds me of the time my son & I bought a garden bench for my husband one birthday, It was raining so we built it in the lounge & there it stayed for days!

favouriteworkofart said...

Love this story and love that you make the effort to make memory-worthy moments for your children :)

debs14 said...

I've always fancied having a go at laying in a hammock but suspect I could end up either not managing to get in or overbalancing and falling out!

Alana said...

Great story, funny about the trampoline as our son always wanted one too....he never got it either! Love the bright orange and blue on your LO too.

ms.schwiet said...

love what you did with the ribbon across the picture