AlphabetPhoto: X is for Xylophone

outdoor xylophone

I have long dreamt about having an outdoor music area. Whenever we’ve come across one in our travels, the children will home in on it straight away. I think it would work in our garden. The children are beyond the stage of just whacking out the notes. They play tunes they know. Although, if it was in our garden, maybe neighbours might let out a sigh of relief when the 50th version of “Doh, Ray, Me” drew to its well anticipated end. Or bedtime. Which ever came first.

This is an outdoor xylophone we stumbled on at the Eden Project, this summer. I love the gently weathered wood and the presumably recycled pipes. Add the knowledge of a musician to create the perfect notes, with an enthusiastic boy thrown in to play it, and the resulting music is even sweeter.

Just need to remind him to tie his laces.

Joining in with #AlphabetPhoto again this week. Can’t believe we’re on X, which has been the most challenging photo to choose so far. So how about you? What would your X be?

20 thoughts on “AlphabetPhoto: X is for Xylophone

  • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Great photo, and great X, it’s made me realise that I could have done this too, have a great shot of the boys playing one 🙂 Love that you noticed that his shoe laces were untied x

    • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Oh, so often those shoes laces are untied! Hold on to the photo for next time round. X is tricky.

  • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 5:27 am

    I love those outdoor instruments too. You have reminded me that there are some not far from us I might just have to go and visit them soon!

    • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 9:10 am

      It’s fun to see the type of instruments that people dream up. Hope you get there soon.

  • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Great X – and the shoelaces… Can’t you see he’s busy mum?! 😆

    • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 9:13 am

      You must have heard him! 🙂

  • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Thats a fab photo. I love watching my kids make/play music! My ears dont always enjoy it! #alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Fascinating to see tunes starting to appear when they play these kinds of instruments now. 🙂

  • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Oh I just love this… so much… Have to show my kids, maybe they will be inspired to make one… its not like we bother the neighbors with trumpeting already!!!

    • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Ha! Oh my goodness. Your neighbours must be very understanding….or, of course, music lovers.

  • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 10:22 am

    wow what alot of fun, they always remind me of primary school. Great photo

    • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Not many opportunities passed primary to play the xylophone. Maybe I should have a go next time we find one of these. 🙂

  • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Oh that is so cool! Struggled with my X this week and actually had to consult google 😉 #alphabetphoto.

    • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Love your take on X this week. maybe I should consult google next time.

  • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    What a brilliant Xylophone! A music area in the back garden is such a great idea, I think we might have to work on something like that next summer!

    • Wednesday 22 October, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      It would be fun, wouldn’t it? 🙂

  • Thursday 23 October, 2014 at 12:05 am

    What a fabulous xylophone! Arthur always loves those outdoor music areas too – it’d be brilliant to have one at home. 🙂

    • Thursday 23 October, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Wouldn’t it just!

  • Tuesday 28 October, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Outdoor xylophones are so much fun! We’ve got one on the island of Unst built into a boat by the ferry terminal. I never thought of using that for my X photo – I went for the tenuous link of the Greek word for map, instead (which shows up as gobbledegook in Commentluv!) 🙂

    • Wednesday 29 October, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Commentluv doesn’t speak greek then.

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