Give Him Mud
"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful." E.E. Cummings
I've mentioned that upon first moving into our home my husband planned to have a garden. After almost 5 (long to us) years of rental living where he didn't even have to mow the lawn, my husband was READY to get to work. Although my father tended a garden I wasn't the gardening type, or so I thought. When our first Spring arrived the garden went in and a rain barrel came shortly after. This is my husband's first rain barrel. Even though this picture is from just 6 years ago, rain barrels hadn't become popular and weren't part of mainstream conversation. Needless to say this was new for ME. However, if you watch a movie and it contains a farmstead or cottage a lot of times you'll see them with rain barrels.
A few years ago after a friend mentioned that a local business was giving away barrels my husband stocked up on a sturdier barrel and now we have five, yes, five barrels to water our burgeoning greenery.
This is the new, updated version. These barrels are actually attached (by a green hose close to the bottom) so that we can get double the water in the same space.
There is a wonderful slope at this place in the yard convenient for a kid's version of a river, producing lots of mud. Dear Reader, when we go outside we get dirty. It's a face that this bookish, indoorish kind of gal has embraced as she converts to the outdoor way of life.
My little guy just loves the mud. Check out his fun!