Fort Transformation

Yesterday was a beautiful day, and these can few and far between in Scotland so I put the kids outside  on the trampolene and I picked up a paintbrush and started on the kids fort. I had some white paint left over from when the Husband painted their bunk bed and I really only thought that I would get one panel done so was surprised when it did the whole first coat of the front. What a difference it makes as you can see below!
Later on, I took some bunting from last years garden decoration, to see what it would look like and although it needs a quick spin in the washing machine, I’m pleased as punch with the results. 
As night came, I thought I would put on the old Christmas lights which I purchased with the left over money on the card that I received from B&Q and then lit the lanterns I got as a bargain from Morrisons- they were only £0.50! I’m going to go back and see if they have anymore left because they would look lovely throughout the garden. 
Tomorrow I have the day free and I am going to go to a carpet shop to see if they have any off cuts, and pick up some blue paint to do the porch. My daughter had requested “sky lights” for inside which hope to find some perspex in either a charity shop or in a shop quite cheap. What do you think so far? Quite a difference from what we started off with, as you can see here. I hope to have the rest of it done in a few weeks time, let me know if you have any  tips or ideas!

B&Q And Our Family Project

Here it is,  the second in our series of posts about our family project that B&Q have helped us out with, and if this is your first time visiting the site you can read all about it here and it will explain what I am jabbering on about!

The weather has been rubbish and with the way that the back garden is just now, I have lacked in motivation big time. However, tonight was time to throw caution to the wind and get something done! Actually, I had to slide my shift at work because I have lost my voice and the husband came home early so we had enough day light hours to do a bit more.  When I say “we”, I do mean the husband… When you have two young kids and you want to do things as a family , it means chipping in and adding distraction to the mix. Whilst he built (I did do some), I bathed the youngest got dinner ready and the other child played outside on the trampoline. Now, this isn’t the family time together that I wrote about initial post but stay with me on this one. Less stress means more productivity, we were all outside for at least an hour and a half together,  we played & spoke to one another which meant no electronics or TV’s, etc but actual proper family time.

We achieved more on this today and got our enthusiasm back which is a great feeling and when the roof is added, I will let the kids help me paint with no rules, its their house and no one is going to be told off for getting messy. Its all about them and how they want it to look and I get to do some of the interior as well. I’m so excited for the kids and I hope that this brings nights spent in the back garden around the fire, camp outs in the fort, movie nights in it and star gazing. Its time for us and also for them and their friends, to build great and happy memories.

This is what we did today , and tomorrow I will go to B&Q to pick up some exterior wood.. possibly going for a blue and some white for the decking area.. Not sure until I see what they have. What do you think so far?

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Building With B&Q

Last year around August time, I sealed a deal with B&Q for a family project that I wanted to complete by the end of the summer with the family which brought us together and out of the house and  away from the TV and the electronic devices , which you can read more about our plans here.

Due to unforeseen circumstances and the weather, we were unable to do this and I am quite a bit behind on the plans,  but fear not because we recommenced building yesterday and we are well on our way to creating THE BEST ever fort and hideaway for the kids (and maybe husband and I, until we get the summer house) which will hopefully be completed in the next few weeks and of course, just in time for spring/summer.

As part of post 1 in the series, myself and the husband started assembling the frame which you can see below, it took us approx 1 hr and we have decided to put them side by side in order to create more space for the kids and their friends, and position it between 2 trees as the original plan was for a tree house but it wasn’t going to work out with the tree that we have unfortunately. We need to level some of the ground to do this, but with all of us working on it, we should be able to manage it pretty quickly.



As the rain hampered our efforts yesterday, we did need to stop after the rain had started falling but my plan this week is to continue with putting up the sides of the fort and levelling the ground a bit more. We have quite a lot of rubbish in the back because of the recent storms but I plan to hire a skip or just take it to the dump myself.


Decoration wise- its all about the bunting, bright colors and the kids choosing what they want it all to look like. Once built, we are calling a “planning” meeting for the eldest- the baby is only 2 and well… its kinda difficult to ask him what he wants as he says “yes” to mostly anything right now… some requests so far have been tire swing and hammock and we will try to accommodate, but for now, these are the plans!

Sealed The Deal.. With B&Q

Today I got an exciting email from B&Q which I had been hoping to receive for some time and jumped each time one came through in hope that it was from the lovely Alice, coming back with an answer to an idea that I’d had a few weeks ago.

I was sitting at home whilst N was sleeping and M was outside with her friends enjoying the last few days of summer when it occurred to me that this was the year that I had said that I wanted to do something together as a family getting us all involved and outside but hadn’t yet thought of what to do. It then came to me… We all need a place to go to where we can escape the house and enjoy our hobbies on our own or a place where we can be all together as a family which is different from these 4 walls that we see day in and day out. We can’t afford one of the log cabin/summer houses that I always look at on line so we thought, with the inspiration of Pinterest , our individual personalities and the materials so kindly provided by B&Q, that we would BUILD it as a family project.

We originally thought about a tree house but the only thing is that our tree isn’t located at a good enough spot in the garden to handle the type of structure that we were thinking of. So we gathered a few ideas on line and took something from each of our ideas to come up with something which will cater to us all. For the kids, it will be somewhere to have sleep overs in during summer months ,gaze at the stars with our telescope, a place for me to read and blog from and a place for the husband to play his guitars in. Most importantly though, it will be getting us outside, off line and together. Its easy to get caught up in the usual stuff of life.. tv, electronics , etc and forget to spend time outside so this will be our “meeting place”, where we gather ourselves and talk without distraction.

As we start planning and building, I will be doing a series of blog posts on our progress but for now, here are some pics that we took inspiration from!  Have you built a tree house for your kids and family?


Below, we like the bridge from the tree and still using it as part of the structure , with a ladder.

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