I was talking to my parents the other day about how they were getting on in their new home. They are in their late seventies and early eighties, I won’t say who the older is as my mum would never forgive me – oops given that one away sorry mum 😁. Anyway the person they had bought the house from left a garden table and chairs in the garage. A standard hardwood set you can buy in most DIY stores (it’s a bit like the one in the picture below), and it looked as though it had hardly been used, I wonder why 🤔, please read on.
Great I thought garden furniture, as one of the things I found annoying when visiting the parents for the weekend was the complete lack of garden seating. So if the sun was out there was nowhere to escape for a cuppa and a bit of vitamin D boost for the bones. But as the conversation developed it turned out not to be so great as it appears they are planning to keep this OUTSIDE furniture INSIDE the garage and just get it out if they have a BBQ. WHY???
As you may know from a previous blog I like being outside, especially sitting in the warm. My ideal day is where it is warm enough to sit in the shade, bliss – I don’t like trying to get a tan, the object of the exercise for me is just warming the bones and listening to the birds. Bearing in mind I live in the UK (Buxton) we’re not able to take for granted the sun make an appearance, things are very changeable. So I see it as my duty to be prepared and have a seating opportunity in every part of the garden where the sun is likely to shine. I grab a cushion from the living room on the way out and brush the rain water from the seat, and I’m enjoy the sun in an instant. This just cannot be done if you have to think of getting garden furniture out of the shed, assemble it and position it, as by the time you’re done the tea has gone cold and the sun has disappeared. Ten sunny minutes wasted fumbling about in the shed.
I’ve found some of the best evenings have started with an impromptu gathering of friends or family in the garden, you just pop out for the last 5 minutes before the sun goes down and before you know it wine and snacks have been consumed and blankets and stars have appeared. Who needs an invitation to a BBQ.
So a plea to my dear Dad: wood looks far better for a bit of weathering, so please leave the garden furniture outside for the summer, you will enjoy it much more I promise ❤️❤️
In case you are looking for new garden furniture, I saw this utterly clever garden pod at my recent trip to the Ideal Home Show 2017 from Ornate Garden, so check out their website if you like the look, is around £7-8000 (wow) but they were doing some show discounts so get yourself down to Olympia, it could avoid you having to build that conservatory. I really need one in my garden to protect me from the wind.
Here are a few more affordable traditional garden sets I like that will withstand the elements and have the minimal cushions to store on a rainy day. Outside is definitely better than inside, don’t you agree??
A Bistro Table is ideal for an early morning coffee or early evening cocktail best positioned in the spot that gets the first or last sun of the day. Saw this online at Jacks Garden Store
A bit of rustic charm and you can see how the wood only improves with weathering. Great for a little lunch with friends. Saw this online at Garden Furniture Land
You would be dining in style and the minimal cushions can easily be stored indoors ready for action. This is from John Lewis
Wouldn’t in be fab to be able to afford (I can’t) and have room in the garden (I don’t) for all these seating options 😊. But I hope it’s given you some ideas for enjoying summer.