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13th September 2017

Don’t Give Up On Your Garden Yet! Easy Ways To Enjoy Outdoor Living For Longer

Enjoy Outdoor Living For Longer

After months of anticipation, the summer has been and gone, and we’re hurtling towards autumn at a rate of knots. When it’s warm and bright outside, most of us love spending time in the garden, and the arrival of cooler climes can dampen our spirits. The good news is that you don’t have to give up on your garden just yet. Here are some easy ways you can enjoy outdoor living for longer.

Let there be light

As we approach autumn, it’s all too obvious that the nights are getting longer. It’s getting darker earlier, and there’s barely a drop of sunlight to be seen when the alarm goes off in the morning. There’s no way of adjusting the natural light, but it’s very easy to add more light to your garden. You can use lamps, uplighters, sunken spots or strings of bulbs to illuminate the area and give you a usable space even when sunset is upon you. If the kids are at school all day and they come home full of energy, they can still tear around the garden for a bit without you having to worry about them tripping over steps or goalposts in the dark.

lighting in the garden - easy ways to enjoy outdoor living for longer

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Keeping cosy

Even when it’s sunny, and the skies are bright, the cold can make it hard to endure afternoons or evenings in the garden. This is where heaters like those featured on patiomate.co.uk come in handy. Patio heaters are ideal for gardens of all sizes, and they come in a range of different shapes and styles. Wall-mounted heaters are great if you have small children and you’re worried about safety. You could also fit heaters inside the roof of a gazebo or opt for a rustic fire pit if you have older children or you have an adults-only section of the garden. If you’re warm enough, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy your garden all year-round.

outdoor heating

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Sheltering from the elements

If it’s absolutely pouring down outside, you probably don’t want to head out into the garden, but if there’s just a touch of drizzle around, you may fancy a change of scenery or some fresh air. You can make your garden more versatile and weatherproof by adding a shelter of some sort. You can choose from a permanent structure, such as a summer house, a log cabin or a gazebo or something like a retractable awning. Take a look at this page if you’re searching for more ideas https://www.pinterest.co.uk/explore/outdoor-shelters/?lp=true. If you can shelter from the elements, you can enjoy the views and the feeling of being outdoors without worrying about getting wet or cold.

summer house in the garden

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If we had our way, most of us would spend as much time in the garden as possible. When colder temperatures and darker evenings arrive, it can be tougher to get outside, but there are ways you can make your garden more functional in the cooler months. Considering adding a shelter, light up your garden and install some heaters to keep you warm and cosy. 


Halloween Plans – Party In The Grotto!

Halloween Plans

We went shopping to B&M at the weekend. I was looking for storage boxes for Kaycee’s and Ella’s new wardrobes. There were none to be found but the Kaycee and Ella soon found the Halloween aisle! Ant had mentioned that we might be able to have a Halloween party this year. He suggested we could decorate the new patio area, (henceforth known as the grotto!) now the roof is done.
This sent the girls into a tizzy of excitement and they started on the Halloween plans while we were walking round the shops!
Ella asked if she could use my phone so she could take photos of the things they want. She took A LOT of photos.

These are just a few of them 🙂

Ella posing - Halloween plans Frankenstein decoration - Halloween plans Spider decoration - Halloween plans Ghost decoration - Halloween plans Trick or treat bucket - Halloween plans Skeleton in a cage decoration - Halloween plans Skull glass - Halloween plans LED candle - Halloween plans

We didn’t buy anything for Halloween at B&M but we stopped off at Poundworld on the way back and bought loads of stuff.
Instead of a small party/buffet type thing that was in my head, the girls have planned for something much bigger! I’m actually looking forward to seeing what they come up with; we’ll be leaving all the preparations to them 🙂

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