After months of dismal, dull, dark and dreary days isn’t it lovely to see the world spring back to life with a vibrant array of yellow daffodils, pink blossom and purple crocuses? And what better way to add to this explosion of colour in your garden than with some resin garden furniture. Granted, probably not [...]


Who Needs a Scented Candle When You Can Have a Scented Fire?

25 October 2014

I’m certainly not going to let the chilly evenings spoil my enjoyment of being in the garden for the rest of this year. There really is nothing nicer than huddling around a roaring fire, snug and warm with a mug of cocoa in hand, watching the glowing embers and flickering flames as they leap and [...]

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Ooh…Look What We’ve Done In Our Garden!

9 September 2014

We’ve only gone and done it… And, I have to say, I do feel rather smug about it . I’ve never really liked our patio area. Dirty grey stones that were forever needing jet washing and nasty little weeds that were forever growing, despite constant weeding and copious amounts of weedkiller. I swear, if weeds [...]

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Lovely Day for a Picnic – What Are You Bringing?

10 June 2014

1738 was a momentous year for the English picnic. This was the year the London department store Fortnum & Mason invented the Scotch egg (you’ll never be stuck for a conversation opener again!). Now, I am rather partial to a picnic it has to be said – although I would happily swap the Scotch eggs [...]

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Have Fun Transforming Your Garden

8 April 2014

Fed up after months of gloom, frost and rain, our damson trees appear to be summing up the feeling of the garden as a whole with its glorious blossom seemingly rejoicing at the good weather (I feel a poem coming on…).

Seeing this has inspired me to give the garden some well deserved TLC.

Trouble is, my list keeps getting longer by the day as I think of more things that we need, sorry, my husband needs to do to breathe life back into the garden and give it a well deserved facelift (don’t we all?!).

But I do appreciate my husband isn’t getting any younger and I am concerned about who will do the cooking if he’s too busy in the garden. So I’ve scaled things down and come up with a list of top ideas for creating a new look, dream garden.

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Several Outdoor Patio Shading Options to Fit Your Budget

5 March 2014

Your patio can be a lot of fun especially when the weather gets nicer because it would be a great time to start cooking outdoors or host parties with your friends. Keep your guests and friends shaded from the summer sun if you plan on hosting a party outside. Even with a tight budget, you can still impress them with these outdoor patio shading options. You don’t have to go and buy elaborate, expensive materials to impress your guests.

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Top 10 Must Haves You’ll Need for Outdoor Entertaining

15 January 2014

Looking rather worse for wear, in need of a bit of rejuvenation, a little shabby around the edges….my garden and I have a lot in common at this time of year.

Of course, I’ve made the obligatory New Year’s resolutions that I am going to stick to this year:

start going to the gym (again)
no carbohydrates after 6pm (Cheryl Cole swears by this apparently)
no alcohol in January (failed already)
monthly date nights with my husband (optional)
to persevere with my New Year’s resolutions…..

And I thought this year why not make some New Year’s resolutions for my garden too. It could do with some cheering up, some TLC, a bit of life.

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So What Are You Going To Use Your Garden Storage For?

10 October 2013

My husband is well aware of the hazards of being in our garden having had the odd flowerpot or two lobbed at him by me over the years.

So when I read that, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, flowerpots are the second most dangerous thing in the garden after lawn mowers, it was good to get affirmation that I obviously wasn’t the only one using flowerpots as a means of persuasion.

However, on reading further, it transpired that being hit by low flying flowerpots isn’t actually the danger. The official reason is that they are one of the prime tripping hazards in a garden.

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Summerhouses: Girlie Haven vs Man Den

25 September 2013

Yes, I know. This is going to go down the stereotype route. But the trouble is my husband and I are unfortunately at odds over how we are going to do up our new summer house.

Are we to go with my idea of a girlie haven or his idea of a man den?

Now, of course, it is a given that my idea will take fruition but I have got to humour him for the time being.

For all us ladies, can you think of anything more heavenly than shutting the door behind you in your summerhouse hideaway, taking refuge in sumptuous surroundings and completely switching off from reality? It doesn’t have to take much.

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Use Your Garden All Year With a Log Cabin

20 September 2013

Karaoke machine, poker table, bar, sofas, soft lighting….

I’m not describing my night out with the girls last Saturday. No. All of this can be found at the bottom of my next door neighbour’s garden. Yes, he has had a log cabin built and the local hot spot is now by the back gate at number 12.

Midlife crisis does spring to mind (I’m anticipating a smoke machine and pole dancers next) but as long as I get an invite I’m not complaining – although perhaps the neighbours will once they’ve heard my rendition of Mama Mia…

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