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A rope swing must surely be one of the simplest and most fun pieces of outdoor kit ever dreamed up by prehistoric child, and yet I can’t remember the last time I saw one in a garden. I found Sky Saddle Swings during an Etsy rummage last night and these lovingly carved seats instantly transported me back twentycough years.

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Remember hanging upside down under a tree? The straining creak of the branch? I can almost feel the rope burn… These swings are handmade from sustainable wood and come in several styles – perfect for the traditional sitter, the stand-up swayer, and particularly good for winding around as tight as possible and releasing in a giggle tornado.

Available from Sky Saddle Swings – and via their Etsy store too.

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