Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - LYNDA'S PROJECT -

My chil­dren’s play­house was con­structed from plain ply­wood pan­els and H3 treated tim­ber fram­ing with posh join­ery: the red shut­ters came from Egypt via my favourite lo­cal vin­tage shop, Troupes in Pa­pakura, Auck­land, while the small ground floor door was im­ported by my neigh­bour Alyson Wil­cock at Pushkar Trad­ing Com­pany. To cre­ate the scal­loped roof­ing tiles, I used a one-litre paint tin as a semi­cir­cu­lar sten­cil. I cut out the cir­cles with a jig­saw and painted them in dif­fer­ent earthy shades – us­ing Re­sene Jalapeno, Red Ox­ide, Red­wood and San­dal – to match the au­tumn colours of the liq­uidambar tree be­hind the play­hut. The swing, painted with Re­sene Jalapeno, was cut from a left­over length of hard­wood deck­ing tim­ber. I drilled two 10mm di­am­e­ter holes in each end and threaded through 8mm black and red poly-braided rope (Mitre10 Mega), adding a few large wooden beads from Spot­light. Con­cerned about those sharp­cornered eaves and com­plete lack of safety rail­ings on the stairs? Fret not, dear reader. We’ll get those sorted be­fore the play­house’s of­fi­cial house­warm­ing on Novem­ber 12-13, when my gar­den is open to the public for the Franklin Hos­pice Gar­den Ram­ble. For tick­ets, see franklin­hos­pice­r­am­ble.org.nz.

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