Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Delicious Soft Grass

 My brother and I had a flat, semi fenceless back yard when we were growing up.

 Living on the headland meant that we could see the ocean from everywhere. The ocean and rolling green hills. It's the thought of these two things that fill my heart with a light feeling- the feeling of freedom that only comes with carefree, frivolous youth. We used to run around under sprinklers, ride cardboard boxes down slippery slopes and crash down from the trampoline onto delicious soft grass. In my mind, the sun was aways shining, a warm breeze was forever in my hair, water was never too cold to splash in, skies were cloudless and the grass was always green.

Childhood was hyper colour for me and I can only hope that my children will remember it in the same way.

 Dave and I are dreaming of actually doing something with the lower level of our back yard. The kids need a place to run.



Our current green.

29 comments:

  1. Ohhh the days of the backyard sprinklers...

    I love a good patch of grass. At our place it's all about backyard cricket and handstand practise.

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  2. I think we'd be lost without our lawn, we have a huge backyard that the kids run around & cartwheel on, the chooks like to peck at & our rabbits love to munch on & keeping it all looking perfect satisfies my Bloke's obsession with lawn mowing!

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  3. Lawn! I love it. We have a lot of it here. In the days when we could water I loved the sprinkler going around. Not these days. We love picnics out there, somersaults, cartwheels, potions made from grass and dirt, our chooks peck and poo, I get exercise mowing it all and I love what it does in my compost bin!

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  4. Fun and FREEDOM in our family...hours of running around...fort building...fun!

    thouraya13@hotmail.com

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  5. We have a small patch of lawn now but it still has room for the netball hoop, cartwheels, cat chasing, cloud watching and my washing..lol

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  6. Your backyard grass looks a lot like mine! :) We did have turf...about 12 years ago but the drought killed it off and then having bunnies and guinea pigs on it with their different seeds and grains have kind of turned it into a big patch of a mixture of all sorts of grasses and weeds.

    Still...it's a happy backyard, filled with lots of fun memories so I'm happy! :)

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  7. With a house the size of a shoe box I'd be tearing my hair out if it wasn't for our grassy lawn. Ronan runs around for hours with the laundry trolley or we throw pegs all over it and then it is a game to pick them all up again ;-)
    P.S. Can we use the voucher to buy sausage sandwiches?? hee hee

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  8. Okay, I'd be disowned if I didn't enter this!

    A little bit of lawn (and that is absolutely all we have here) offers our family a place to have impromptu picnics, hang out with the dogs, lie in the sun & watch the clouds crawl over-head... relaxation, I think, in a nutshell.

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  9. Our lawn is for the tent tomorrow night, BBQ , to fram the garden.

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  10. Our little patch of lawn is for throwing the ball to the puppy and lying about dreaming of grand plans for the rest of the garden. In a coupld of it will be the perfect spot to practice putting our first tent up!

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  11. I won't enter this, because we only have astro turf in our courtyard. It gets sizzling hot in the sun! Kellie xx

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  12. We love our lawn and use it from one end of year to the next. The kids love to roll on the lawn, lay and watch the clouds, do skids with their bikes, and kick the soccer ball around.

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  13. We don't have any kids yet (we're trying really hard though!) but i often look out over our backyard & imagine what it will be like when we are lucky enough to have kids. I can't wait to put a paddling pool out there & a cubbyhouse & our kids will be able to run around on the grass & chase our dogs & hopefully the grass will provide a soft landing for when they will surely fall climbing the mango tree! I might have to contact Mardi turf to get my front yard sorted out though...it's a mess!

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  14. Hi Em, long time lurker, but I had to comment on this very timely post! We have a 12 yr old disabled daughter, with a rare syndrome which includes lots of challenging behaviours. She is very tactile defensive, and finds it difficult to walk on different surfaces. We applied and received some funding earlier this year to have turf laid around the back of our newish house to enable Ruby to walk almost completely around our yard. She is very clingy, so at the moment if I hang out the washing and then walk around the yard, she can't follow which is fairly distressing for her. Anyhow, the point of this very long comment is that on Friday, after MONTHS of husband-centred-intensive-research on turf/lawn etc, we are having Sir Walter Buffalo laid!! Which means for our family, Ruby can join us in wandering around our yard safely and easily, which will be less stressful on her and us, and another thing we are so looking forward to, is having a late Christmas arvo lunch/tea thing on our new lawn! Can't wait! I really hope you enjoy creating your garden as much as we are! Happy Christmas to you and your family,
    Kell

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  15. What a funny giveaway, Well I have been a bit lucky this week, so pushing my luck here. If I told you I didn't have a lawn, would you trash me!

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  16. daisy chains!
    and nudie sprinkler runs
    xx

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  17. Picture this....walking out to our relatively small inner west grassed yard and finding a 2yr old and a 4yr old lying on their backs staring up at the clouds..."what are you guys doing?"...'Cloudbursting Mummy". Thanks go to Aunty Nell for this new activity....

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  18. We rent and have a lot of lawn which mean lots of mowing. Quite a lot of it is native grass - wallaby and weeping grass which I like, as I know its good food for all sorts of local critters. I actually quite like mowing the lawn, we have an electric mower that sounds like a hair dryer and starts with the push of a button. As the weather warms and the grass dries, lying on the lawn feels like pure indulgence, of course its awesome for the kids to play on too.

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  19. Sprawling space to look for pictures in the clouds, nap and bliss out in our green space. X

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  20. A bunnings voucher? For serious?!
    Well as apartment dwellers, lawn means time at grandma and grandpa's house. Or Auntie's house! Or the park. But one day, one day...

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  21. Every one needs a bit of a lawn if they have a backyard. For me I love that it is a place to walk barefoot on nice thick spongy lawn. Ahh, it feels so nice plus I love watching my little people run, kick, jump, skip and muck around on our little patch. We put a new lawn in last year, Sir Walter. So far so good!

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  22. oh... the lawn... it's in my constant mind! We have only a small yard with 3 children 2 chickens and a trampoline our lawn has its battles!. I would so love it to be lush and green but at this point it is bear and dirty. We try, we so try. its like a new baby and I have faith - it will grow and I will listen to the words of Tony. Oh I love a green back yard!!!
    marijke diomar2 at live dot come

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  23. We moved house for lawn... two dogs, two kids and two outdoors Mama and Papas means we needed outdoor space.. I love it and cherish it, hubby looks after it but I get to enjoy it.. lawns rock as does Bunnings!! xx

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  24. the green, green grass gives our red, brown and white chookies a place to scratch and peck and they've even been known to just lay an egg in the middle of the lawn. I love grass!

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  26. If the New Lawn grasses can cope up with the stress, it will be healthy and dense and will be able to resist disease. Sometime the disease may spread and it becomes out of any control. However, the disease resistant cultivars can be implemented to avoid future problems.

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  27. Lawn is essential as a play area for our kids, but it also gives us much more. It transpires the moisture from our septic system's leachfield, it gives us clippings for the compost heap, it invades our garden beds (OK, not such a positive!), and it feeds our poultry (and soon rabbits!) in their movable cages.

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  29. We......don't really have a yard. We have grass, sort of, that we mow to keep ticks and snakes at bay. We've never really been into the big beautiful green golf course lawns. I love your idea of mixing clover. We have done that and it is beautiful. Clover used to be very common in lawns before the idea of just grass took over. Thank you for sharing this
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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em