I’m getting to that stage where I am starting to make a little movement with our home. I say ‘I’, but I really mean my family for the most part. While I’m good at arranging things and doing my bit, most days I return home from work and I find a situation similar to that of The Elves and the Shoemaker, except of bigger proportions.
My garden has undergone a pretty big makeover recently – for Bill’s benefit. I was lucky enough to be sent a climbing frame to review (more on that soon) and we decided that we may as well cordon off part of my garden to make a play area for him.
And it’s almost complete and I’m so chuffed that he has a special part of the garden to call his own, but while he played at the weekend, I got to thinking about what I’d like from my garden.
When I first saw this house – I loved the house itself, despite the huge amount of work that needs doing to it. But when I saw the garden I was sold. It’s bigger than most – and I’m very grateful for it. It’s sectioned off into two parts – the main garden and lawn, with William’s play area, and then the wild part, with a brook and a bridge and tons of wild flowers. Separated by a picket fence.
I’ve had an old bench to the side of our garage for a while and it was sat in the shade and didn’t give you the best view of the garden. So on Saturday, I decided to drag it (and I really did drag it!) across to the front of the conservatory, next to my potted plants, so it overlooked the lawn and I could see my little bit of land and smile.
Once I put William to bed, I tottered back out there, after the mist of rain that had fallen and sat in the muggy heat with a glass of wine and a cat for company. It was blissful. And I just thought for a bit. And enjoyed myself.
The loveliest addition to my corner of the garden is this gorgeous outdoor lantern*, which I filled with a pillar candle and lit for some light. It’s from Aldi of all places and it was only £7.99, which is an absolute steal.
It’s really simple and classic looking and I love the romantic feel it gives, sat next to the flowers and my old bench. It makes me happy to come out here and sit for a while, without the need to drag out my sun loungers. Plus, my bench has nice wide arms, which are perfect to balance a glass of wine on…
Aldi has lots of lovely bits and pieces for the garden at the moment, and are well worth checking out. Just like Elsa the cat did!
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