On completion of assembling our climbing frame we were left with all these screws, washers, lockers and bolts…did I forget something? Yikes!
With the girls turning three we decided to buy a climbing frame for them for their birthday rather than lots of little toys to add to the mess they already are very capable of making. As they are large items and therefore expensive we asked family to chip in rather than buy separate presents and it worked well, they weren’t inundated with too many toys but had a select few beauties to open and then a big present from everyone.
I started to look around the usual retailers but was dismayed to see nothing under £500 which we really couldn’t stretch to so when I peeked on Climbing Frames one day and saw the Andorra discounted by almost 50% I jumped at the bargain of £279.00. It had two swings (need two for twins) a slide, area for sand pit and a den to climb up into. Perfect.
I ordered it, putting it on my credit card (gaining at least a month before settling the bill) and waited to hear about delivery options.
I was sent an email explaining one man delivery was no extra cost, two man delivery would be an extra £30. My logical thinking was – if it was flat packed I would be able to assist the delivery and therefore with fingers crossed I went for one man delivery. I was told I’d receive a phone call between 7 – 9am giving me an estimated time of delivery. I didn’t.
In fact I was in all day and even then the guy left the packages with my neighbour (weird?)
Anyway, come the weekend it was time to start the assembly. One long, big box and one slide had been delivered. On opening the cardboard box it was full of wooden pieces and more packets of screws than you could shake a stick at and of course the very important instruction book, yes a book of how to put it all together.
Paul and I spent 7 hours on Saturday, to start off with there were a few swear words, a bit of arguing but once we found a happy medium we fell into place, me reading the instructions and getting all the bits ready and him using his tools to screw, twist, turn and squeeze everything into place. Was it completed Saturday evening? No.
Sunday saw us up bright and early again and back in the garden, thank goodness for a rain free weekend and another 4-5 hours were spent finishing off our climbing frame, the girls didn’t even wait for it to be finished before they started to climb the ‘rock’ wall and using the slide and since it’s been up the trampoline hasn’t got a look in. Although I really don’t think it is facing retirement just yet :)
Would I advise you to get one? Yes. If your garden has the space it is an excellent piece of equipment which I foresee them using for many years yet. On days where the weather is variable and going to the park cannot be done, this will make life so much easier.
I think it’s very important to a child’s overall health some good old fresh air every day and with that movement, it works up an appetite, colours up those little cheeks and allows them to run off any unconsumed energy that could latter be used indoors and creating havoc.
My advice is to hunt around for a bargain, like I did and get family to chip in as alternatives to birthday presents.
This is not a sponsored post just one happy customer!