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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Alfresco Dining Caveman Style

10 August 2013

We invested in our first firepit barbecue at the beginning of the summer and I can safely say the inner caveman has definitely come to the surface in my husband over the last couple of months.

Not the throwing me over his shoulder or preference for walking around naked – that’s always been a given.

No, he’s resorted to the stereotype hunter gatherer and chief cooker of meat (well, soya actually – he’s a vegetarian caveman so slightly against type).

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Backyard Living – A Guide to Throwing the Best Outdoor Party

14 June 2013

Summer’s finally here! No wait, it’s gone again, no it’s here! It’s finally starting properly! Wait, no, that was just a sunny spell… okay how about now? No, too soon. My point is, summer is going to start any second now and when it does you want to be ready, and that means it’s time to get out in the garden and start soaking up the sun with a few close friends, relatives, acquaintances and anyone you know who’s going to bring beer.

So to make sure that your garden party goes off with a bang, here are a few essential hints.

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So What Type of Garden Furniture is Best For You?

5 June 2013

Now, who doesn’t love sitting in their garden on a hot, summer’s day? Long, lazy lunches in the sun, a spot of alfresco dining on a warm evening (I don’t remember what that’s like, I hear you cry!). Oh yea of little faith. Just sit tight and think positive….it’s that or hibernation!

With all these days of lazing in the sun ahead, what type of garden furniture should you choose? Wood, metal, rattan, plastic, stone? That is the question.

And that’s where I hope I can help.

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With a Playhouse in Your Garden Everyone’s a Winner

23 April 2013

Dare we tempt fate?! After months of dreaming of long, lazy days in the garden it looks like they are finally on their way. So now’s the time to start planning ways to entice the children away from their computers and back into the garden to re-awaken their long buried interest in the outdoors.

And what better way to keep them entertained for hours, come rain or shine, than in their very own home from home – a playhouse.

The kids will love their own space outdoors, you’ll love reclaiming your own space indoors…everyone’s a winner.

So what pointers do you need to think about when buying a playhouse?

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Have Fun Jazzing Up Your Gazebo, Garden Arbour or Pergola

14 April 2013

Shut your eyes and imagine yourself relaxing on comfy cushions in a corner of your garden on a summer’s day surrounded by fragrant jasmine and climbing roses, wind chimes gently jangling in the breeze, an array of vibrant flowers hanging in baskets above your head, fairy lights glimmering as the evening draws in.

This gorgeous calming haven can be yours with the simple addition of an wooden gazebo, arbour or pergola to your garden.

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Why Have a Greenhouse?

11 March 2013

Greenhouses. Where to start. Big? Small? Wood? Aluminium? Glass? Plastic?

I was all set to browse the web to give you an in-depth guide as to what to look for in a greenhouse. Then, as luck would have it, I stumbled across an informative blog I’d forgotten Jack had written a couple of years ago entitled Jack’s Greenhouse Guide which details all the main points you need to consider. So that’s made my life a whole lot easier.

It got me thinking though. Why have a greenhouse at all? Well, lots of reasons really.

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