This morning while we were discussing planting peas, my farmer boy suggested we build an enormous tee-pee structure that they could climb up and the girls could play in.
We toyed around with the idea for a while, and then we got to work.
First we chose a tee-pee site, Farmer Bren showed the girls how to draw out a big circle with a metal peg and some rope, and then we dug out the grass and dirt from around the circle.
To get to the where the wattles were we had to cross the creek. Those of us with long legs simply jumped over. But those with not so long legs got a bit stuck.
Once the water went over the top and into Jazzy's boot, the two smalls went back to the side they had come from.
We thought they'd probably go and play in a tree or on the back of the ute or something.
Oh yeah, and there were prickles in the creek.
We kept working, me pulling out the longest, straightest poles and him neatening them up.
And we saw that the girls were busy but weren't sure what they were doing.
And then after a while it all made sense.
A whole lot of sense.
They were problem solving. ...Can't get under it, can't get get round it, can't get through it...they had to get across it...
We sat and watched them for a while.
And then we tried it out for ourselves. Their bridge was good and strong and tough enough.
And we trekked back and forth on it about 15 times with our bush poles.
When we got home we made the tee-pee.
We planted it out and watered it in.
Now all that's left to do is to wait a few weeks for the seeds to germinate, to grow and then to climb up the poles and create our pea-tee-pee.
Imagine how fun it'll be come summer to shelter from the sun inside and to reach up and pluck a pea from the vine as a snack.
Form. Function. Food. Father's day Fun!
I hope you've had a fabulous day.
I hope you have a wonderful week this week.
Got anything special planned?