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    Default Did you build a Den?

    One of my favourite things to do when I was younger, we mainly built ours in hollowed out bushes in the local park, using stumps for seats and twigs for carpets.

    We also made a few bivouac's on camping holidays with the Red Cross Youth group I belonged too.

    Nearly always when you turned a few days later someone had been and trashed it

    I would have loved to have made a proper tree house but never did.

    Den's, bivouac's, shelters, Dad's garden shed or tree houses surely PASSWORD's were a must!

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    yeah it was great fun huggie.
    i remember building tree huts with the friends.
    it was so great sitting in the tree hut through summer.
    amazing memories indeed.
    how come u never built a tree hut,scared of heights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darren View Post
    how come u never built a tree hut,scared of heights.
    Nah, just didn't have the natural resources/materials
    not many planks of wood or nails lying around our local park lol

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    One of my friends made a den in his back garden, with the help of me & some other friends. It lasted a fair while but as it was mostly made of plywood & chipboard it started to warp in wet weather so we had to pull it down before it collapsed on someone.

    I remember in the summer of 1989 me & the same group of friends & some others made a den (we called it our base) in some woods.

    It lasted a few weeks until someone (I think it was the brother of someone in our gang) smashed it up. By then we were back at school so were only using it as weekends, so it wasn't too bad.
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    Without access to trees, one summer me and my best friend begged our dads to empty their garden sheds and turn them into gang huts for us (as if THAT was ever going to happen!) In the end we constructed a sort of den behind these two big bushes in my garden (loads of yellow flowers, stunk of lemons, many bees). It was quite good as it was next to the fence with rungs like ladders so we could climb onto next door's garage roof from inside.
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    We had quite a few dens in the woods.

    The first one I remember was an underground one, a very large hole was dug and inside half way down a ledge made to act as seats, I can't remember now what the roof was made of. The hols is still there now, some 30 years later all be it mainly filled in.

    There was also a den known as the Newcastle hut, it had an old garage door painted black with the old NUFC magpie badge painted on as one side, wooden crates to act as walls, an old mattress as the roof and another to sit on. It lasted a good few years. Nearby to this there was also a wooden treehouse sort of thing as well, which was just wooden planks nailed onto tree branches forming a base with no roof or walls.

    There was also an old concrete air raid shelter at the back of some nearby buildings that we used periodically as a den too, it always seemed slighty eerie going into it for some reason, presumably because it was always pitch black inside.

    There was also the regular dens in bushes too. We were spoiled as kids having woods right on our doorsteps that gave us so many opportunities for adventure.
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    We had a disused railway close to where I lived as a youngster and one summer a group of about six of us made a den in an old abandoned hut next to the line.
    It was pretty good, we made seats and a table out of old bits of wood scattered about and even had some flowers in the window in a jam jar to make it homely!


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    Clothes horse and a sheet

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    Quote Originally Posted by kazboot View Post
    We had a disused railway close to where I lived as a youngster and one summer a group of about six of us made a den in an old abandoned hut next to the line.
    It was pretty good, we made seats and a table out of old bits of wood scattered about and even had some flowers in the window in a jam jar to make it homely!
    We always had pets when we built dens or tents. We'd put ladybirds in supermousse pots with pierced cling film on top and once we had a worm in a jam jar, complete with soil for his travels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trickyvee View Post
    We always had pets when we built dens or tents. We'd put ladybirds in supermousse pots with pierced cling film on top and once we had a worm in a jam jar, complete with soil for his travels.
    I mainly had caterpillars and ladybirds as jamjar pets. Nothing too creepy or slimy!
    They always had lovely foliage in with them to crawl on and always had holes punched in the lid to breathe

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