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Gimme Five! Outdoor thermometers

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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selection of 5 outdoor thermometers

The weather’s been all over the place in the past few weeks. The summer started with long hot sunny days then things became far more unpredictable; the remnants of a hurricane blew in from the US, there were hailstones in Hove and we’ve just had the coldest August bank holiday on record.

I’ve learnt from bitter (literally!) experience that just because the sun’s out doesn’t mean it’s warm. Or that rain means it will be cold. One big help with choosing outdoor attire has been the thermometer we have in our back garden, just outside the kitchen window. We can peak through the glass and see just how warm or cold it actually is. You’ll never go out over or under-dressed again!

There are quite a few outdoor thermometers available on the net. You can even find full-on weather stations if you’re that way inclined! As well as temperature, they measure humidity, rainfall, wind speed & direction, sunrise & sunset times, phase of the moon… We’re not that weather obsessed – a basic thermometer will suffice! :-)

  1. Annecy thermometer: £18, Garden Trading
  2. Giverny thermometer: £10, Notonthehighstreet
  3. Filigree thermometer: £9.99 Primrose
  4. Gooseberry thermometer: £26.50, John Lewis
  5. Giant solar garden thermometer: £9.99, Coopers of Stortford

Gimme Five! Hibernation homes

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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selection of 5 hibernation homes for garden wildlife

The weather has turned positively autumnal this week – and August Bank Holiday weekend isn’t even upon us yet! We’ve been seeing squirrels scurrying about busily collecting supplies for later in the year.

We regularly feed the avian visitors to our garden, especially hanging seeds and lard balls in the trees during the lean winter months. This year, we plan on doing a little bit extra. Erecting insect, bat and hedgehog hibernation homes will make our garden a veritable wildlife boarding house – the kind of lodgers we’d love to welcome! There are so many types of homes and shelters to choose from out there. And so many different creatures that you can encourage to over-winter and stay on year-round.

  1. Butterfly biome: £24.99, RSPB
  2. Wooden hedgehog house – £99.95, Notonthehighstreet
  3. The Birds and the Bees: £34.95, Etsy
  4. Double chamber bat box: £28.95, Ethical Superstore
  5. Ladybird house – £9.99, Crocus

Monthly Mood Board: Al fresco summer

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

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'al fresco summer' mood board

For the past few weeks we’ve been enjoying a blissful al fresco summer – with no end in sight so far (touch wood!). We’ve been pottering in the garden, sitting outside to eat and working on laptops from our deckchairs.

We love a blue & green theme for the garden, it works really well with a backdrop of trees, plants and flowers and creates a restful outdoor vibe.

  1. Hardwood 2m garden parasol – light blue: £29.99, Homebase
  2. Romvi LED solar powered outdoor string lights with 20 lights, green & blue shades: £10, B&Q
  3. Lexon Maizy radio: £49, Ethical Superstore
  4. Century bench: £49.90, Butlers Online
  5. Florence table – green: £419.99, Crocus
  6. Amazonas Belize hanging chair: £37.15, Tesco
  7. KitchenCraft Bar Craft ‘Vino Curvo’ wine cooler: £13.40, Wayfair
  8. Coolmovers Meadow Lane acrylic stacking glasses – pack of 4: £6.77, Auravita
  9. Charcoal bucket BBQ: £9.99, Argos
  10. Tam Tam green plastic stool: £12, Habitat

Gimme Five! Outdoor solar lights

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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selection of 5 outdoor solar lights

We’ve been enjoying sitting in deckchairs in our garden this summer. It gets direct sun until almost 7pm at this time of year. It’s been warm enough to sit out until way after the sun has gone down.

We want to get some pretty yet functional lighting to enhance our garden space and think that we’d be best served by some outdoor solar lights. No fiddly – and not to mention potentially dangerous, given our electrical knowledge  – cables and sockets to contend with. Solar lights are notorious for being a bit dim thanks to the often measly British sunshine. But we don’t mind that, we’re not after floodlights, just a nice, warm glow to give the garden added atmosphere. Here are some we’ve found…

  1. SOLVINDEN solar-powered table lamp: £9, IKEA
  2. Lola LED solar powered outdoor glass jar lantern in blue: £7, B&Q
  3. Solar outdoor string lanterns, multi: £20, John Lewis
  4. Solar post light: £16.99, Crocus
  5. Solar bamboo light: £6.99, Original Organics

Create the perfect World Cup atmosphere with Birstall

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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yellow football against a blue skyImage credit: Joe McCarthy

The World Cup only comes around once every four years; here we take a look at the top three garden accessories from Birstall Garden and Leisure Centre to help you make the most of the worldwide football celebration while it’s here.

Whether you’re creating a World Cup haven in your garden with the television outside, or watching the games inside and continuing the party in the garden afterwards, these top three products will make sure you enjoy every moment!

Weber Spirit Classic e210 gas bbq

With all of England’s World Cup games kicking off in the evening, the Weber Spirit Classic barbeque will keep all your guests satisfied with some top-notch food flavour; with two stainless steel burners the compact design has a 26,000 BTU per hour input giving a sleek yet powerful grill capable of cooking all your favourite food to perfection.

Camelot hexagonal easy-up gazebo

It’s impossible to guarantee the British weather, but you can be sure that you’ll always be dry when you’re enjoying your World Cup party with the Camelot – hexagonal easy-up gazebo. The pull down mesh nets, weatherproof frame and UV resistant canopy offer complete comfort and guarantee your World Cup celebrations won’t be called off because of the rain.

patio heater

With many of the World Cup games going on into the early hours of the morning, a patio heater is a much-needed garden accessory to keep you cosy all the way through until extra time. A ThermoFilm gas patio heater uses a high-grade stainless steel burner which heats an area of up to six metres while making only a quiet whisper, so you’ll be toasty warm without being distracted by any excess heater noise.

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Get these World Cup garden must-haves now and enjoy them all summer long!

Established in 1969, Birstall has 45 years’ experience kitting out gardens & outdoor spaces and was the first online garden retailer in the UK, 15 years ago.