With my husband away for the day I thought what a good opportunity to raid the scrap heap and utilise my findings in the garden.

Instead of the scrapheap I found myself at the woodheap.  After some searching and a bit of grunting and groaning I manoeuvred a nice flat stump onto the bag trolley and wheeled it into place in the garden.

With some newspaper, masking tape and spray paint I painted a tic-tac-toe board onto the surface of the stump and left it to dry while I searched my daughters fairy garden for coloured rocks.

A few well placed garden benches, which I had recently inherited from my Grandma, and I had created a cosy little nook to sit and play in.

The object of Tic Tac Toe is to get three in a row. You play on a three by three game board. Players alternate placing green and blue stones on the game board until either opponent has three in a row or all nine squares are filled.  
My husband, daughter and I love to come out here and play tic-tac-toe.  The battleground rings with laughter.




  1. You clever lady. When my children were small they could not sit still long enough to tie their shoelaces let alone play a board game. I would so loved to have done something like this. I'm just glad we had the property and they could run and scream and blow things up without bothering the neighbours. Yes I did say blow things up. My son is now in the Airforce and recently did a course. He rang me and very proudly pointed out that he was now proficient at blowing things up. I could have told his instructors that.

  2. Hi Jane,
    wow, blowing things up! I'm glad my daughter is happy to sit and play games some days. Others she is off and running around the farm with the dog.

  3. You come up with the best ideas Ann and so creative. You are a great Mum.

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    1. Thank you Deb, sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.


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