Needless to say we didn't see it very often.
How I envied them that luxurious, perfectly-made, beautiful wooden set of childhood joy.
So when Garden Games asked me if I'd like to review one of their items my eyes lit up - at last the Croquet Crown would be mine!
The set arrived last week amid heavy downpours and unfortunately we haven't had a chance to try it out yet, but I can still report on what we got and what I think.
The set is stored in a heavy waterproof canvas bag - easy for transporting and storing.
There are four hardwood 'mallets'
The traditional yellow, red, blue and black wooden balls (bagsie black!)
Six hoops and a winning post
The set is not cheap at £84.99, but everything in it is really well made and set to last a life time. So if you like garden games, can afford it and can count on a little bit of sunshine then I would definitely recommend it.
As for me? I picture Pimms and perfectly behaved children in Grandmas garden next summer..
Disclosure: The Cottage Croquet set was sent to me free of charge to review. All words, images and opinions are my own.