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Monday, July 2, 2012

The Beaumont Pie-Rats

Monday's PhotoPrompt:
Inspired by my PhotoPrompt group and my good friend Delores at The Feathered Nest  

For several months, my Husby's health wasn't . . . very good. 
In fact, we were quite worried about him.
But, with excellent medical care and ongoing treatment, he has stepped back from the brink.
The conception and planning for a new PROJECT has completed the cure.
I present his 'cure'.
The New Tolley Grandchildren Playhouse


We now have a pirate ship in our back yard.
Or as my Husby prefers to call it, a 'Pie-Rat' ship.
I won't mention the looks we have been getting from the neighbours.
Or the speculation over whether 'we know something they should know'.
And the watching of the sky for the threat of heavy rains.
Moving on . . .
Our ship is built completely out of recycled and scavenged materials.
It consists of three levels.
Spiral staircase.
Rope ladders.
A plank, ideal for walking into the family pool.
A slide.
Swings.
And a flag picturing a pie and crossed forks.
I should probably mention that we rather like pie.
Hence the renaming of all grandchildren, 'Pie-Rats'.

Looking forward

The spiral

Looking back
Photos by: Kallie Tolley
We opened it to the grandchildren - ahem - Pie-Rats, on Saturday.
Following very brief speeches.
The tossing of a pie.
And the equipping of grandchildren with the necessities.
Pirate head scarves.
Swords.
And lots and lots of food.
I think it is a hit.
Who says the Tolleys don't know how to party?!
More pictures to follow . . .


13 comments:

  1. WOW, it looks awesome... it's so cool. My Valentina would LOVE it and have hours of fun:)

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    1. She (and you) are always welcome to join us!

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  2. Holy Moly....if I lived near you I would vote you neighbours of the month. Are we using the pictures as a photoprompt? Cool......I feel something coming on...maybe, My Neighbour the Pirate or No Landlubbers Allowed.
    I`m glad your hubs is feeling better.

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    1. Excellent! I'd love to see what you come up with!!!

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  3. He sure knows how to build a diving board. A whole lotta kids think he's The Man. Or, The Grandpa. Or, the Pirate's EyePatch.

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    1. Bwahahahahaha! Yep. He builds a mean diving board! He lives to be considered 'The Grandpa'! I'll vote for that one!

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  4. Wow! You're going to need a lot of silicone sealer to get that ship to float. But then, who really cares? Looks like a wonderful place for the kids to spend some summer time. Good job.

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    1. Thank you, kind sir! Yep we pretty much need a BOATLOAD of silicone sealer! It's so fun to see them playing!

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  5. This is absolutely beautiful! My boyfriend built a kayak while recovering from 2 surgeries and chemo for Lymphoma. Apparently it's very therapeutic

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    1. I'm so glad he found something to absorb him. It sure did work for my Husby!

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  6. WOW!!! AMAZING! I can only imagine what the faces of the neighbors looked like. Somewhat like the skeptical neighbors of Noah? ; )

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    1. they kept asking if he knew something they didn't. He laughed and told them to watch for rain . . .

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  7. I'm coming over! this looks too great to be true! You win grandparents of the year. Thanks for linking this post up with us at NOBH so we can all see and appreciate it! :)

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