The sand pit is complete. Its not been easy.
Constructed of sleepers, i originally bought re-claimed railway sleepers. Once delivered and moved into place we realised the mistake (and these things aren’t light – my Dad, myself and a trolley cart struggled to move them one at a time). They’re soaked in creosote which is a definite no-no with kids. So we had to move them back to the front of the nursery, get them picked up and some brand new oak sleepers delivered… and then moved again. Rather than moving 8 sleepers we ended up moving 24.
If that had been the only mistake it wouldn’t have been too bad. But then the sand turned up. Once again the mistake wasn’t obvious. Sat in their large delivery bags in the play ground, our two children started to play with the sand. At lunch time as we dusted their hands off the mistake became obvious – their hands were dirty: Beach sand had been delivered rather than play sand. The crucial difference between the two is that play sand is washed, removing all the dirt. In that way the children can play in the sand without getting dirty. So beach sand went back and play sand was delivered.
Yesterday, i transported the sand from the playground to the sandpit… all three tons of it. It only took 55 wheel barrow loads and about two hours!