5 Ways to Enjoy the Bank Holiday in Lockdown

25 May, 2020

GET ORGANISED

Whether you’re just rearranging the cupboards, sorting out the tool shed or venturing into the attic to dust off the old record collection, the bank holiday is the perfect time to find new and innovative ways to store and organise all the things laying around the home. With a few simple steps, the amount of extra space that you can create might just astound you.

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GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL WILDLIFE

Lockdown has seen sound and air pollution levels hit a new low for recent years so now is the perfect time to spend those precious hours in the garden and getting to know your local wildlife. You’d be amazed at the stunning array of creatures that can be found in your local area from a plethora of wild birds to foxes, rabbits and hedgehogs.

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TRY SOMETHING NEW

With all the extra time at hand, the bank holiday is the perfect time to give something brand new a try and teach yourself a skill you’d been putting off. Whether you’re taking the first steps to master the art of mixology with a cocktail mixing set, getting your fingers green in the garden potting shed or adding an array of beautiful colours into the home by creating your own beautiful flower arrangements. Whatever you choose to do, there’s never been a more perfect time to get stuck in and give it a go.

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GET LOST IN A BOOK

We're all guilty of buying books and never finding the time to read them, so why not spend some extra time this bank holiday in the sunshine basking in the sunshine with a cup of tea and that book you’ve been aching to read but couldn’t find the time for. Whether it’s a gripping novel, captivating autobiography or a piece of fascinating non-fiction, there’s nothing that beats a good book in the garden while the birds tweet peacefully in the background.

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DINING ALFRESCO

While we’re not able to enjoy eating out at the moment, there’s no reason we can’t bring a luxurious dining experience home with us. Whether you’re enjoying a sunny afternoon picnic in the garden with the family, indulging yourself with a stay-home cocktail party or treating yourself and a loved one to a romantic alfresco meal for two, spending more time at home doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a five star dining experience.

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Enjoy, Kyle.

5 ways to enjoy your Bank Holiday Weekend

07 May, 2020

1. Potter in the garden

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As we all enter the second month of Lockdown, for many of us, our gardens have become more than just a personal slice of nature. Now, we look to our lawns, patios and rockeries as a sort of sanctuary to escape the stress and mundanities of staying indoors.
Creating a space of beauty and function has most likely been very high on a lot of to-do lists, and now is certainly the best time to get on top of making your garden ready for Summer!
For those of us looking for a complete revamp, planting plenty of big, bold flowers is a great way to transform bare beds from Winter into a riot of fragrance and colour. Trust me, the effort you put in may seem like a lot, but the pay of is more than worth it!
If you’re looking for something a little less intense, but still want to make use of your gardening tools, then taking a little time each day to get rid of weeds and watering your hanging baskets and planters is an easy way to encourage plants to grow, and is really relaxing too!

2. Dine in the sunshine

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Now that Spring is well and truly here, I’m already looking ahead to Summer! The gorgeous weather certainly puts it in my mind, and I’ve made a promise to make the most of it the best way I can.
For anyone who misses family barbecues as much as I do, switching up your meal routines to dining outside is a simple change that really cheers you up.
Investing in a good set of garden furniture is perfect to make your garden feel more cosy – and the comfort of your dining room really is a great way to unwind! If you don’t have space, why not spread out a blanket on the lawn and have a stay-at-home picnic?
The best thing about alfresco dining is that you can make it into whatever you want it to be. Families can enjoy spending time together while the kids play in the garden, and couples have a ready-made romantic date night! For a really special touch, you can even pull out all the stops and bring out the full table linen set and best crockery for high afternoon tea as it’s meant to be!

3. Spring Cleaning

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At this time of year, we’re always reminded to make a start in revitalising our homes but we hardly need that this year! Spending so much time at home, I’ve definitely made sure to get rid of my unwanted clutter – and it’s made a massive improvement! One result of tidying up is that I’ve really had to think about what to do with the things that I do need – but don’t necessarily look great on display. So a fantastic way to combat filling up “junk rooms” is to invest in storage solutions that are just as stylish as they are practical.

4. Invite the Wildlife

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I’m definitely missing my friends and family a lot as each day goes on, but I’m keeping in touch as much as I can and that really helps. But since my home is closed to the people I love, I have been trying to make an effort to welcome in as many visitors to my garden as possible!
Birds are so pleased to flock to my feeder, and it’s a lovely feeling to wake up to the sunshine and the sound of them chirping – that really puts me in a good mood for the day.
Our feathered friends are definitely important, and I’m a big advocate of protecting bees, so I’ve invested in an insect house and planted plenty of flowers that I know they love – my lavender especially is just as good for them as it is for me!
When I first moved in around four years ago, I discovered a friendly frog as I was fixing up my garden and I remembered him for the first time a few weeks ago. I’m sure lots of you would forget the importance of frogs and toads like me, but they’re really great at pest control so it’s definitely worth turning a plant pot into a makeshift shelter for them – just turn them upside down and prop up with rocks to create a lovely shady house.

5. Bring the Outdoors in

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A direct opposite to making your garden as cosy as your home – but just as important! – filling rooms with foliage is a certain boost to your mood, and is a health benefit to boot.
The classic go-tos such as a vase of beautiful fresh flowers on your coffee table and a leafy fern in the hallway to welcome you home are a fantastic place to begin – and end, as I used to think.
Recently, I’ve taken the time to look into more creative ways to decorate my home with plants and one idea that I really loved is the bathroom plant trend that’s so popular.
Wicker planters are perfect for the bathroom, and nautical colours are a definite bonus. Don’t just pop a few succulents on the windowsill, really explore with surrounding your bath with different plants, and even use ivy as a living garland for over shelves and rails.


If, like me, a bathroom remodelling isn’t really on the cards, then fresh foliage is definitely a cheap, simple and wonderfully stylish way to upgrade tired décor!

 

Enjoy, Charlotte x

Invite Wildlife into your Garden

27 March, 2020

Now that Spring has officially arrived, the Sun seems to shine a little brighter and the skies are a little clearer every day – which is just what we all need to inject some positivity into our lives.

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As more and more of us have switched our focus from the hectic bustle of our day to day routine to a healthy, peaceful and safe home for our families, now it’s more important than ever to extend this care to our gardens – and their inhabitants!

Not only creating a lovely, eye-catching feature that makes our outdoor spaces feel as cosy as our living rooms, hanging a bird house or wildlife feeder provides essential shelter and food for our feathered (and buzzing) friends.

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To attract plenty of creatures and get maximum benefit, it’s important to display any decorations in appropriate areas of your garden, so they’re as close to a natural habitat as possible.


Placement doesn’t need to be too limited when it comes to birds, as they’re happy whether on the ground or in the air! However, depending on the kinds of birds that are most often around, or if you want to attract any new species, you do have to bear a few things in mind.

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For example, smaller birds like sparrows and tits prefer somewhere slightly elevated – a couple of meters up a wall or tree is ideal. Hanging a bird house among the branches of a tree is a great idea, as it provides double the space to land, and the leaves offer shade from direct sunlight.

Doubling up your bird houses is also a fantastic way to bring in several species at once – especially those who like to feed and nest together!

It wouldn’t do to forget the insects, who need looking after too! Setting out a bug hotel is a great activity to do with younger children, and teaches them a lot about the natural world too.

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A great favourite is the ladybird, which is actually a friend to the gardener, as they feed on aphids (better known as plant-destroyers!) and aid with pollinating flowers. Bees are also incredibly important, and they need as much help as we can give them.
To give them a cosy place to hibernate and lay their eggs, keep your insect houses closer to the ground – within 30cm is ideal – and in a sheltered spot like a flowerbed or a tree trunk.

A wildlife house with plenty of twigs, or cosy pine cones and grass provides excellent coverage, and a little bit of sun helps the bugs flourish.

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Charlotte x

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