We’ve had a couple of really lovely sunny days in the past week and we’ve been making the most of them. We’ve tidied up our back garden and planted the first few bulbs and seeds on the allotment.
This sociable patio space is just the type of thing we like. It’s not huge, but the white-painted fence and decking as well as the split level areas makes it appear much larger than it actually is. The patio is cleverly ‘zoned’ with separate places for eating and lounging. The collection of mirrors bounce light around and, along with the artwork, bring the inside out.
- Wrought iron garden set
- Striped cushion cover
- Brass flamingo sculptures
- Circular mosaic mirror
- Frosted high ball glasses
- Poly-rattan garden furniture set
This week’s Home Tone is terracotta. We’re sticking with the natural material for our images – whether it be floor tiles, brickwork or pots. This is our favourite use of the colour, particularly when it’s aged or weathered. The baked clay of terracotta comes in various shades from light & chalky to dark orange, but they all tend to have a warm, natural feel. It works really well with creams and greens – and other natural materials such as sea grass and cane – and pale woods such as light oak or beech.
Have you been watching Winterwatch this week? We tune in, of course, for all the wonderful wildlife. But we love the presenters and their rapport with each other. The way Chris Packham tries to shoehorn in as many titles of punk singles into his dialogue as he can – hilarious!
I always admire the clothes they wear as well – lots of lovely outdoor wear. Chris and Michaela have both been wearing some mighty fine down jackets over the past few years and I’ve been coveting one. Not one in boring black – something bright green like theirs’ or perhaps a vibrant purple.
The one from Uniqlo is a lovely colour, but it doesn’t look terribly warm or waterproof and it doesn’t have an all important hood. The top of the range North Face example looks really robust, but the fabric is a bit too shiny for me. The mid-range Rab has a great colour and looks warm & waterproof. I also like the fact that it appears to give you a shape – the Michelin Man look isn’t a good one!
- WOMEN ultra light down jacket: £59.90, Uniqlo
- Rab women’s ascent jacket: £140, GOoutdoors
- The North Face women’s hooded Elysium jacket: £220.99, OutdoorKit
Love Parks Week runs from 24 July – 2 August; it’s in its 9th year. Considering we’re such a small island nation, we’re spoilt for choice in the UK when it comes to the outdoors. There are a total of 15 official National Parks. From the coastline of Pembrokeshire to the fells of the Lake District, from the white cliffs of the South Downs to the wide skies of the Norfolk Broads, there’s such a diversity of landscape to enjoy.
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We’ve been blessed this week with a thick, deep carpet of pristine snow. Because we live in the hilly Pennines it’s perfect for sledging. We’ve had a look online for sledges suitable for (not so) grown ups and there are loads from which to choose.
We love the look of the traditional Scandi wooden examples but they’ll take up a lot of storage space for the 50 or so weeks of the year that they weren’t being used. The fold up aluminium one is much more practical – and lightweight too, for getting up to the top of the hill. The red plastic Delta is cheap & cheerful perfect if you’re in a part of the country that rarely gets snow. The other metal sledge looks like a Formula one version – I wonder what its top speed would be!
- Wooden sledge with back rest: £22.90, Amazon
- Sledge – aluminium construction: £34.99, eBay
- Aluminium folding sledge – blue: £79.99, Halfords
- Delta sledge – red: £12.95, UK Sport Imports
- Davos wooden sledge – 110cm: £78, SimplyPiste
Autumn is well & truly here – and our weekend visit to the allotment certainly proved it.
It was a beautiful sunny day, but the unmistakable signs of nature winding down for the year were all around.
We picked a few remaining crops and cleared fallen leaves & beech masts.
Within seconds, our canny little friend appeared to snack on freshly uncovered worms & insects.
Justin didn’t go hungry either – he rustled up an evening meal from the last of the vegetables and windfall apples.
Pork chop with an apple & chilli compote – baby potatoes & cabbage with balsamic vinegar. Ready, Steady, Cook – eat your heart out! 😉