I feel like Summer passed me by last year.
Baby A was born at the end of July so I was hibernating from the sunshine when I was heavily pregnant and trying to hide her from it once she was born.
So this year I am ready to make up for lost time!
J and A both love being outside and spend hours of fun in our garden. There are so many things I love about our garden – my vegetable patch, J’s new climbing frame, the views – but my favourite spot of all is our back deck.
It is tucked away behind out garage and backs onto the fields and open countryside as far as the horizon. It is my little haven, devoid of children’s plastic toys and it’s where I go to relax and rejuvenate.
Often, when I’ve dropped the children off at daycare I’ll come back and sit out there with a cup of tea, breathe in the fresh air and do a bit of yoga.
It’s also where we socialise. We’ve had July 4th parties out there, BBQs and our welcome home gathering for baby A.
There is an area of pebbles and a raised deck with some lovely solid wood furniture that we bought last year. I would love to pretty it up a bit this year though, add some soft furnishings, fairy lights and a lovely fire pit to keep us warm in the evenings.
We had the deck sanded and repainted last year so all it needs is a pressure wash and a little bit of TLC to maintain it. We could do with a few more pebbles and a bit of weeding (when is there not weeding to do?!) Then, I can get decorating!
I would put the butterflies and mirror up on the garage wall – it is pebble dash so needs brightening up a bit – and drape the fairy lights over the fence. I’d set up the table with these summery bowls and serves drinks out this adorable jug. Then I’d fire up the BBQ so we could enjoy some burgers followed by a few glasses of wine and some No nuts nutella and strawberries. The fire pit would keep us warm and we could relax to the sounds of the water feature.
Ah, doesn’t that sound blissful!
We are holding a Free From Feast for Allergy UK again this year so my deadline is only a few weeks away to make the whole place ready for a party.
What are your favourite ways to brighten up your garden?
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