We had a gorgeous summer day here yesterday, it is always so lovely to see the sunshine and I find it’s a real mood-changer for me. To look out of the window in the morning and see the start of a beautiful day always sets me off on the right foot.
We had friends over last night and when we saw the forecast for the weekend we decided to take things outside and have a barbecue. We are not big on gardening, mostly because when the weather is good enough to spend time in the garden, we just want to make the most of it and not use those valuable hours of sunshine working on the garden only to find that by the time we’ve finished, it’s raining again!
However, I would love to think that we could make more of our outside space so I’m hoping we get enough good weather to be able to make some of the changes I would like whilst also getting to enjoy the summer in the garden (you can hope right?)
Last night, I set up the table and dragged some of our furniture outside so that we could sit and soak up every last minute of a rare, warm summer’s evening.
It’s not often we get a chance to sit outside in the evening and I have to confess, we had to move things back inside at about 11.00 as it was too cold to stay put.
I put a couple of blankets on the chairs so we could use them if it got chilly – and we did. It was a really lovely evening though, we had a gorgeous meal cooked by hubby on the bbq and then chatted by candlelight whilst relaxing and having a few glasses of wine in the comfy seats. We have never spent an evening in the garden like that in the (almost) 10 years we’ve lived here and it was definitely something I would like to do more.
I’ve been looking on the internet for summer entertaining inspiration and there is so much to love. In my dreams, we would be able to re-create some of the amazing outdoor spaces I encountered…
Our garden is south-facing and whilst we already have an awning which we can pull out over the table during the day, it doesn’t really give us enough shade as it’s on the wrong angle so it would be great to create a way to add some more shade. I would love a covered outdoor area that we could use in all weathers. This one looks so pretty with the bunting – bunting is definitely something I would like to use to pretty things up outside.
I also love the idea of adding some pretty lighting. I meant to do this last night with some fairy lights around our tree but I forgot to set it all up until it was too late. That’s one I’ll definitely be trying soon though, it looks so simple and yet incredibly effective.
Flowers and colour seem to be the way to go when it comes to taking things that extra mile in the ‘pretty’ stakes. There are so many gorgeous pictures out there of beautiful outdoor dining spaces. I LOVE the pretty lights, colourful baskets and what appears to be the use of a bed spread as a table-cloth on this one! It makes my effort look extremely shabby!!
The use of lots of different flowers and simple jars, bottles and doilies on this table are just so charming. I love it!
There are some great ideas for outdoor lighting and entertaining in general on this website. Worth a look if you are planning an outdoor gathering.
So, now that all this inspiration has been gathered, I am planning big changes in the garden. Fingers crossed we get enough dry weather to make them happen. How about you? Is anyone spending this weekend working on their outside spaces? I would love to hear about them! Have a great weekend and if you have some, enjoy the sunshine!!….xoxo