Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Our Sunshade Den


Although today has been a welcome cooler day, the last couple of days have been scorching hot so we have been camped out in the garden enjoying the rays. We have a parasol and a little tent to help protect the girls from the sun so decided to combine them both with some sheets to create a giant-sunshade-turkish-den-tent type thing. The sheets were just clothes-pegged onto the parasol and then the den kitted out with blankets and pillows.



It was a lot easier to keep the girls confined to the tent when they needed a break from the sun, and we regularly dipped in and out throughout the day. We brought some books with us and it was lovely to escape the sun and sit somewhere cool(er) reading stories together. Poppet displayed some impressive vertical reading skills.


Lots of fun was also had going round and round the pole until it got a bit vigorous and our den was in danger of collapsing.


Poppet was so reluctant to leave the den for her nap time I caved and let her *try* to have her nap outside. Of course this was a complete disaster and I ended up with a teary toddler by teatime. She definitely still needs her naps!


I finally managed to pump up the proper paddling pool too (giving myself blisters in the process, that's love!) and the girls loved splashing about in it, then coming back to our den to dry off and apply more suncream.

Our little shady spot was so handy and so easy and quick to put together, I was pretty proud of myself for having thought of it! I think Little was very appreciative too, even though she kept trying to escape and I had to barricade the doorway with my body.

10 comments:

  1. kim Wombwell11 July 2013 00:19

    What a great idea. Looks like you have had a lovely day. Well worth the effort of pumping uo the paddling too. Kids can enjoy the sun and cool off too.

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  2. I love the tent/den/hideout - an inspired idea to keep you all cool but still outside. You have some lovely photos of the girls having fun in the sunshine, thanks for sharing with Country Kids.

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    1. thank you! I've only recently come across country kids but there are some great ideas there, look forward to linking up more!

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  3. My children made a den in the garden today too. Good way to keep cool.

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    1. it was definitely a necessity in the heatwave! x

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  4. It's a fab den and an ingenious way to keep cool! Looks like you have been having heaps of fun!

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    1. we did although I knackered my clothes pegs! small price :)

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