Exploring in the garden

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One of the things I love most about the new house is how much closer to nature we are. We don’t have a garden at Made’s parents place – we have a compound. Basically a courtyard with a few potted plants and trees that have been gradually dwindled down by the inlaws over the years (because plants are untidy?)

Our garden here is tiny but it’s just big enough for 2 small children to explore in. we have an avocado tree and a mulberry tree and all manner of wildlife visitors (including several rather brave mice and rats, which I don’t mind as long as they don’t come in the house). Of course we’re also surrounded by rice fields which act as an extension of the garden and are great for watching fireflies and bats at night.

The garden is a place for chalk drawing, den making, butterfly hunting, duck chasing and mud jumping. I also read this book recently (which I can highly recommend to anyone with children and slightly hippy ideals) and now I’m dying to make a sandpit, a teepee and an assault course out of tree stumps…

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  1. Celeste says:

    An avocado tree?! That’s so cool! Is it seasonal?

  2. Rachel says:

    I’m not sure but the avocados don’t seem to be edible yet – they’re small (apple sized) and hard and fall off the tree before they ripen. Made thinks the tree isn’t mature enough for edible fruit yet. The mulberries are yummy though!

  3. Nadya says:

    Hi there! I follow your place constantly and I love it! Your garden seems to be very nice place, perfect for exploring 🙂 Kids are lovely 🙂 Best regards from the other end of the world – Bulgaria 🙂

  4. Kaho says:

    What gorgeous photos!! The new place does look like full of nature! I miss Bali. Having left, I realize there is no place like Bali. True. The teepee would be so cute and fun! I wonder if it’s hard to make one. I love playing with chalks with my kids. Lovely post!!

  5. toi says:

    wonderful pictures. i love how your children are so much nature children 🙂

  6. Rachel says:

    Thanks Nadya, i am so sorry for my very late reply – i’ve been such a terrible blogger lately!

  7. Rachel says:

    haha, wild children more like it!