Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Take Three Boys


A recipe for hours of summer fun, this recipe makes a VERY fast and long slide, take the following ingredients (after conducting risk assessment.)

  • Three muddy boys, who have spent the morning den building and ‘making bricks from clay’

Three boys

  • A sloping garden of a reasonable gradient (it came with the house, a byproduct of living at the top of a hill.)
  • A large fiberglass tube (salvaged from a builders skip, I am such a skip rat; but I did ask permission and I did make a donation to the charity that owned it, would you believe it was a fire escape from a residential home for the disabled! I am pleased to say they have come up with an evacuation plan that now retains a little more dignity for the residents.
  • Some plastic sheets
  • A hose pipe, a bottle of shower gel (unwanted raffle prize from a village coffee morning)
  • Some sunshine


  • Remove all surplus clothing from the boys, insert boys in tube, repeat all afternoon and most of the following day.


This recipe make for easily entertained boys, a top tip is to supply sugary drinks and snacks; running up the hill is thirsty work and spending the evening with a house full of grumpy, exhausted and dehydrated boys is not recommended.

This recipe also allows parent to, clean mud off kitchen floor, get at a PC and spend secret time mooching around the Internet, whilst drinking a mug of tea, (when what they should really be doing is sewing Joe’s pocket back on his blazer and labels into mounds of school uniform.)


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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

3 thoughts on “Take Three Boys

  1. Sounds like fantastic fun! 🙂 Can I come to your house?

    I seem to remember doing something similar when I was a child, but we didn’t live on a slope, and only had plastic sheeting, not a fun tunnel…

    Adding a child’s paddling pool at the bottom could also be fun?

  2. That looks fantastic! You probably could have earnt yourself a bit of money there by charging the local kids to have a go!

    Was the shower gel to make it slippy?

  3. Oh boy that looks to be such great fun!

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