Ever had one of these?
I don’t mean all the Sundays you have to spend cajoling, bribing and then threatening the children to do their homework.
I mean proper work. Outdoor work. The kind you return from with mud under your fingernails.
I spent this morning at the children’s school, along with a few other misguided parents, a teacher and the headteacher. We were tearing down a massive fence and replacing it with a neat wooden picket fence.
I was operating under instructions, as fence building is not my forte. But our gazebo had another outing, as it was needed to keep the electric buzz saw dry.
The fence is the final job that needs to be done to allow the children access to the newly refurbished wildlife area – after work done by us, with help from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, Devon Wildlife Trust, a scientist from the university (who supervised special areas for bugs) and a couple of grants.
Last year we put up a traversing wall…
So what next year?
A tennis court?
An athletics ground?
At least the children now have two wildlife ponds to go dipping for newts and tadpoles, and to chuck their empty crisp packets into.