When it comes to garden plans, I’m beginning to realise that they need the same level of commitment in terms of time, planning and money as the inside of our home. Of course, much like you can buy a couple of cushions to spruce up an old sofa, you can simply purchase a new pot or two to make a patio look prettier. However, if you really want to change the function and form of a room or outdoor space, it’s not going to happen overnight. Unfortunately. And let’s not get started on the unpredictable weather. At least you can paint an interior wall without the risk of getting drenched, windswept and sunburnt all in the space of 43 minutes.
So, yes, the changes we want to make out in the garden are moving at the same snail’s pace as the ones that we have planned for the inside of the house. We’re nothing if not consistent, right? I was feeling okay about our slow but steady approach to everything until I stumbled across an account on instagram whereby the owner had redecorated her living room thrice over in the same time that it has taken me to choose paint samples for the boys’ playroom, put them on the wall, and then once again settle on pure brilliant white. I was so shocked that I had to put my paint brush down and rest for a while, probably meaning that she’ll be on her fourth rendition by the time our playroom is finished. Or fifth, if I get distracted by another project. Easily done, in my case.
House-wise, after mainly failed attempts to get going with the decorating and because I’m stickler for the perfect finish, we’ve decided to call in a professional. We’ve had a quote and are going to save up and have it done room by room. It might take a while but not as long as if we were doing it ourselves. With full time jobs and two children who play ALL the sports, we’ve had to accept that we can’t do everything despite thinking that we can. Something’s got to give. Replacing the kitchens and bathrooms will have to wait for another couple of years and foreign holiday sacrifices, though.
Out in the garden, we’re still finding out feet and deciding what to keep and what to move where - see the full tour here. The vegetable patch is becoming an entertainment terrace (it gets sun - when it’s not raining - from mid morning until sunset) for parties and outdoor cinema nights; we’re potentially reducing the size of the beds in the side garden to give the boys a more level space to play cricket; and the odd sloping patch of land beyond the side garden will soon *fingers crossed* become a beautiful wild flower meadow.
And then the potting shed needs relocating to the bottom of the garden and the patio next to the garage needs some sort of pergola to provide a little bit of shade - and to hide the ugly pebble dashing on the garage. But, as you can imagine, if we haven’t even got time to paint a few walls, when we’re planning to get round to all this, I don’t know. Well, I have a plan to make some of it summer holiday tasks for the boys. I just need to find an exciting way of selling it to them. Any ideas?
In-between planning and writing list upon list upon list, I’ve been stealing five minutes here and there to actually enjoy the garden rather than always panicking about the work that needs to be done - the weeds, oh the weeds! I’ve found the perfect secluded spot, half in the shade from the trees above but half in the open to enjoy some of the sun’s rays - I have the Saltwater sandals tan lines to prove it.
Back in April, Kaleidoscope asked if they could send me something to celebrate the launch of their SS19 range and I chose these two gorgeous sun loungers and super comfy cushion pads. Obviously, as soon as I took them out of their boxes it rained solidly for six weeks. But it was worth the wait. Just look at them. Aren’t they beautiful?
They’re the chicest sun loungers I’ve ever owned. I love the adjustable back rest - one minute I can be slightly upright reading my book and then next, I can pop the back down and have a bit of a snooze … for as long as it takes the boys to notice my eyes are closed and decide that I’m needed IMMEDIATELY to dispense even more snacks and drinks. But for a few minutes I can lie back a dream of a finished house and a completely landscaped garden. Totally worth it. Thank you, Kaleidoscope!