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The Mud Kitchen

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In the Spring, when we move into the house, we take down the six foot fence which runs bizarrely though the middle of a flower bed and extends nearly half way down the garden. Daylight floods the garden and we find another two or three feet of land which is also ours, plus a hedge struggling to survive in the gloom. I cut back the hedge and save all the beautifully straight lengths of wood. I pack them tightly all together, tall and strong, in endless odd buckets rowed up along the patio. The children ask me what they are all for. I tell them I have a plan.

We find a long established and sturdy bay tree in amongst many other shrubs at one end of the old fence, near to the house. I shape and cut away all the under branches and make a space, a cosy hidey hole, a den, just big enough for my little people to get into. This space is part of my plan.

We are out the back playing, when my friend calls to say he is at a local wood store and there are pallets going for free if we would like some? He thinks he can fit two into the back of his car for us and drop them round. I am so excited. I have been trying to lay my hands on a couple of pallets for a while now. I have plans for them too.

The pallets arrive and they are so pretty, perfectly matching, easy to line up and nail together one on top of the other. I ask the little fella if he would like to have an insect house in his under the bay tree den? He and the girls spend hours bundling up the long, straight sticks, gathering just the right pine cones from my collection and stuffing each of the little sections of the pallet with extra things they scavenge from the garden. Our insect house is looking packed full and just ready for a whole army of little creatures to move into our under-the-bay-tree shady spot.Mud Kitchen

But the little fella has another plan of his own. The top of the pallets is to be his own outdoor workspace, his mud kitchen, complete with all the recycled containers that he rescues from the junk modelling cupboard in the house. Mamma also donates a few spoons and bits of cookery paraphernalia which have seen better days. And so the café is born.

I am sure the insects don’t mind. If they do, they don’t mention it. The café stays open from the spring well into the summer months and all through the long, lazy holiday days. It serves all sorts of amazing food creations with wonderful names. Even the eldest of our girls plays with her siblings for hours on end in the shade of the sturdy bay tree, imaginary clip board in hand as the café inspector describing the delicious food and arranging a return visit. I sit on the café step and drink tea from my own kitchen, accompanied by imaginary treats rustled up in the den made of earth, twigs and leaves. I love seeing how the children all bumble along together outside like this, working together, creating together, complimenting each other, laughing together. They are relaxed, grounded and happy.

I am sure the bugs are too.
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Sarah McArdell

I am Sarah, a primary school teacher turned mostly stay at home mamma to four little ones (except for popping out to teach antenatal classes, which I have a passion for). We bumble along in beautiful chaos coupled with a good sprinkling of my desire for storage solutions and all things organised. You'll usually find me exploring and contemplating the things which make me tick: vegetarianism, homebirthing, babywearing, bedsharing, attachment parenting, growing our own veggies and loving owning chickens!

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