We’re going to live outside for the Summer!

This Summer we’ve got the builders in to do some work on the house. Rather than waste thousands of pounds renting somewhere, we’re going to spend 6-8 weeks living in the garden. Most of our friends and family think we’re nuts, some won’t even discuss the subject, but we think it’s going to be a really exciting adventure.

Our plan is to turn the garden into a mini campsite. We’ve already aquired a handful of tents: some small, some large, most old. They’ve been given to us by friends and family who know we’re “into that kind of thing”, camping we assume. They include what will be, we suspect, a massive 1970s style frame tent that will hopefully be our main storage tent. The others will form our bedrooms. We have a summer house that will become our main living area – and should provide us with a bit of shelter if it starts piddling down.

The kids are pretty excited about the idea, even though it means no TV for about eight weeks. We think this is a good thing, with lots of time for family stuff and late-night gardening. But, with limited cooking facilities and the threat of a traditional British summer, it could be a disaster all the same.


There’ll be lots to prepare over the next 40 days or so, and we’ll keep you posted on our Outdoor adventure 2012.  We’d love to know how you think it will work out!

Him and Her


5 responses to “We’re going to live outside for the Summer!

  1. You are very brave and this is a summer your children will never forget. What great memories!

  2. Sounds like fun to me! I’m sure you’ll find lots to write about. 🙂

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