I am loving the summertime. What a fantastic time to be able to head home and chill out in the garden. I absolutely love it. But what about at the weekend? No matter what time of week it is, if the weather is hot, I’m likely to spend time outside. Don’t get me wrong, this could be at the pub, but I love inviting my friends over to mine and chilling out (and drinking) for as long as we like. It’s also a great place to be able to relax on my own; simply my own space.
So, what have I been doing? Well when I first moved in, I made sure I had comfy seats for outside. There were so many different ones I could have got, from chairs to sofas and even loveseats. It all felt a bit crazy looking at them online and in store, but eventually I settled for one I liked (and thought would fit) and once it made it into the garden I was delighted. Decent price and very comfy. I can’t complain. I even bought some blankets I can take outside when the sun’s going in. On top of getting the sofas I also discovered that there are heat lights you can buy to a) be able to see in the dark and b) stay warm when the sun goes in. Winner. It’s meant that even if its not feeling overly warm, I can still relax outside and make the most of the garden, and my friends are still happy to come around and do the same!
Aside from sorting out sitting on the patio, I’ve additionally driven myself to keep the garden looking good. I’m incredibly lucky to have a garden with a decent amount of space. My only downside, even though I love it, is that I have a lawn. I know this sound ironic but even though my lawn looks great, it makes me feel relaxed and increases the feeling of being outside, but I must cut it. In wintertime it’s not a problem. The weather’s not generally hot and sunny so it doesn’t grow as much, but in summertime! If I don’t mow the lawn it won’t stay looking good and it’s likely to turn into an overgrown field full of wild bugs! As I can’t access a plug socket outside, I had no idea where to start, so I called my Dad. Dads can be brilliant; well at least mine is. He told me to get a petrol lawn mower that didn’t need electricity, winner, but would be great at mowing the grass to a decent level. There seemed to be lots of options around, with varying sizes, prices and all sorts of other features (including ride on machines!) nether the less I found one that seemed ok for me and it turned out it was. A definite relief that I didn’t have to work out how to plug a wire in to power it! I also got a few garden tools like a rake and a few little trowels to keep on top of the lawn looking tidy and dig out any weeds that started growing to develop my green fingers. Finger crossed, so far everything seems to be looking good. Oh, well other than I now could do with getting a shed to keep everything inside!