Our top five summer must have items this summer
Hopefully the horrible cold wintry days are now behind us, and the sunny summer days will fastly be here. With that in mind it has got us thinking about our summer must-have items for this summer. There is nothing we enjoy more than relaxing evenings in the garden after work. Since last summer we have had a garden makeover, we now have a garden that can be enjoyed by us as a family.
Also since last summer I have had to reduce my hours at work due to illness so we are always looking for the latest deals to be had.
We love to entertain and we are known for our parties, especially garden parties. This will be our first summer in our newly revamped garden and are yet to update our garden furniture. This Rattan Corner Sofa has caught our eye, it will be a great way of bringing the comfort of our living room outside with us. A perfect way to enjoy summer in comfort whilst wearing lovely summer dresses.
A swing chair is something we use to own previously at our old house, it is also something we miss owning and are considering purchasing again. It use to be a great way to sit back and relax whilst swaying in the breeze. Ian use to relax so much he’d fall asleep on it.
With my birthday luckily enough being in the summer I have added a hot tub to my birthday wish list. Owning a hot tub has been a dream of mine for so long now and we now have the space for one since our house move. I think I have managed to persuade Ian to add a bit of luxury into our garden. What a perfect way to relax and indulge into some luxury than purchasing a hot tub.
Back in January we welcomed Coco into our family, our Siberian Husky puppy. Since then we have worn our old pressure washer out keeping our garden clean and tidy. We are now looking for a new pressure washer with additional patio cleaning accessories for making this never-ending task easier and faster.
Now we have a nice new patio with a canopy over the top, we are now looking at replacing our existing coal BBQ with a gas BBQ so that we can then BBQ in all weathers come rain or shine. This will be a perfect addition when entertaining at our garden parties.
What is your favorite way to pass time in your garden?
Preparing our garden for summer – Top tips
Preparing our garden for summer can be enjoyable for some but for others it can seem quite a chore. With spring fastly approaching now is the time to start planning and getting our garden ready for the summer. For the past few months we have looked out at our garden and seen cold, wet, frosty wintry days so now it is time to turn our garden into somewhere we can sit and enjoy a lovely summers day.
Of course, in order to do so means lots of prep work following the winter months.
Here are our top ten ways to get our garden summer ready:
- Repair work. Winter storms may have damaged/weakened fences so checks are done to see if we think they will last or need changing. Our shed is also checked.
- Clearing out the guttering, a horrid job but it needs doing. Clearing out all leaves and moss. Whilst there we also do a check on the guttering and drain pipes, checking for any damage – this is done to prevent water damage caused by broken/blocked pipes.
- Checks are then done on garden tools to make sure they are in good enough condition to last another summer. Some may just need a little TLC.
- A rubbish clearance in then done of the garden, clearing up any leaves, litter and unwanted items from the garden.
- A quick check on our pot plants/baskets to see if they survived the winter. Some may need emptying and preparing for new plants.
- One thing we recently done was install a water-butt. Much better for watering our plants. Helps the environment and saves £s on the water bill.
- The big wash then takes place of all garden furniture, ornaments, patio and even the BBQ.
- Checks are done on lighting. In the summer months we sit outside until late into the evening so lighting is a must have. Especially mood lighting.
- Garden furniture is then checked and placed in position – although since last summer we have had a garden makeover so this year will be easier once we have purchased a new set.
- Once dry enough to do so – mow the lawn and treat/paint the fences.
Once all this is done and the warmer weather is in here we then start making up hanging baskets, planting and looking forward to some homegrown fruit and veg!
Here are some of last years fruit and vegetables.
Last year saw us doing some upcycling and turning unwanted goods into something useful in the garden.
(click on the photo to see the full post on how we made them)
An old wooden crate into a herb garden.
Old camping saucepans into bird feeder
Do you enjoy spending time in the garden?