Angles on a slide-show.


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “From Every Angle.”

Following on the jungle gym demolition featured yesterday, I now focus on an article which kept slipping in prominently – the slide.  Yesterday afternoon it occurred to me that I should try to invent a way of making use of it for the time being until a new creation arises from the bits and/or we put in a pool. This was the result:

This wall seemed ideal, and the ladder from the jungle gym to the left gives easy access - well, to the agile it does!

This wall seemed ideal, and the ladder from the jungle gym to the left gives easy access – well, to the agile it does!

I tested it and the ladder leading to it, and found them to be firm. Nevertheless, Much Better Half went into freak-out mode when I suggested the grandgirls should try it. The latter were also most dubious, especially when looking from the top:

Scary, isn't it? Note my really respectable shoe - haha - and as a matter of interest the pipe on the lawn is feeding washing machine and washing-up water to the grass during the drought.

Scary, isn’t it?
Note my really respectable shoe – haha – and as a matter of interest the pipe on the lawn is feeding washing machine and washing-up water to the grass during the drought.

I positioned myself halfway to catch them, and encouraged them to go for it. Each time I slowed them down a bit lower, until finally my services were no longer required and a dizzy cycle of ladder-climbing and slide-slithery commenced, continuing with enthusiasm this morning. Both of them even mastered the art of climbing up the slide – barefooted, of course.

Slide from side

This indicates how steep it actually is.

Their mother also had cadenzas when she saw the construction, and was amazed when she viewed her young offspring zooming up and down. She has refused to try it herself.

The height can be seen in relation to young R - taking a break from sliding while cuddling a Gemma fresh from the Pooch Parlour, which all four dogs attended today.  I had a ferry busy time hounding them into the car.

The height can be seen in relation to young R – taking a break from sliding while cuddling a Gemma fresh from the Pooch Parlour, which all five dogs attended today. I had a ferry busy time hounding them into the car.  The poles behind her have been set aside for a swing I hope to make.

I have a theory that over-protection from things which provide real risk to the incautious actually makes children more vulnerable – they haven’t learnt to cope with them when (as inevitably happens) such situations do arise. My theory is not, however, popular with the other adult part of this little family.

So I have given four angles instead of three.  Do I get Brownie points?

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20 Responses to Angles on a slide-show.

  1. Debra says:

    You are definitely the fun grandpa! I’m afraid I’m one of those entirely too cautious types. I would have been shrieking for everyone to stay away from that “contraption” and I must admit I would probably be wrong to do so. You had everyone well in hand. And from a child’s perspective this would be a huge thrill. Well done!

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    • colonialist says:

      I do need to impress caution on them. If they do damage themselves, even slightly, I will never hear the end of it! However they are adopting a sensible attitude and quickly pointed out a part of the support which had shifted and was looking ‘iffy’. I fixed it fast.

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  2. Patrecia (with an E) says:

    mighty gosh..it does look steep, but as you say , young people should be allowed to have an adventure now and then…and you did remarkably well in the construction….and if you tried it first then you deserve a medal not just Brownie Points

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  3. I had a mainly wild childhood and am none the worse for it. My daughter and her son have continued the pattern, achieving lots of climbs (inc. Himalayas), diving and other adventures.. But my son’s son was over-protected by his mother. Such a shame

    I flinched at the short run-off at the end of the slide, and reckon a cushion wouldn’t count as over-protection!

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    • colonialist says:

      The Himalayas is certainly taking the climbing scene seriously! Pity about pampered grandson.
      A cushion would get in the way of hitting the end running, which is the solution to landing on tail or nose.

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  4. Barb says:

    I’ve always been a chicken when it comes to slides, and I have to say, this one makes me nervous. I’d have to turn it sideways and use it for wiggly fencing. But you do get points for creativity.

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  5. Pussycat44 says:

    Brownie points and a few gold stars for the slide construction! BTW I am looking for a trellis just like the one behind the slide 😉 Little Emryn loves exploring the garden and still has the need to put every little leaf and bit of soil in her mouth. See, feel, taste is lots of fun.

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  6. Colline says:

    Most definitely. I love these shots. Did you go down the slide?

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  7. melouisef says:

    Agree with you re overprotecting, almost like rejecting children’s abilities.

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  8. disperser says:

    I agree about overprotection . . . to wit, perhaps some sharp rocks at the bottom of the slide will help toughen them up.

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  9. gipsika says:

    That is a steep slide! Enjoy!

    Durban experiences droughts?

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