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Garden Glory…What I Get Up To In My Green Patch!

by LaurettaCWright
Garden Glory - what I get up to in my garden

Ask anyone who knows me what I like and the word ‘home' will probably make its way into their reply. As much as I enjoy travelling and discovering new destinations, I'm also a bit of a home girl.

You see, my home is my safe haven; I'm in my ‘forever house' and I've spent years getting it just right.

Don't get me wrong, there's still a long way to go yet – and plenty of unfinished tasks (and rooms) waiting to be updated, but I'm getting there.

And the same can be said of the garden. But where I don't mind donning an overall and tackling wallpaper and painting indoors, digging up tree stumps and laying bases for summer houses is not exactly my forte.

Instead I prefer the easy life in the garden – and this means sitting back, enjoying the view and admiring VIP's hard work…

Admiring the view

So my clever VIP has managed to save us thousands of pounds by building a decking area at the back of our house. He did it one week during the school holidays when it was cold and damp. I just watched from the kitchen window – feeling happy helpless that I couldn't do much in the way of help.

And now it's (almost) finished, I'm really admiring the view. No longer do I have to contend with black matting flapping about in the wind; I can walk straight out onto the lovely wood in my bare feet.

And it is actually lovely wood. I requested that VIP didn't install the usual decking – you know, the one with the ridges. I've walked on them before in my bare feet and it's not pleasant. First World problem, I know, but if we were going to spend a few hundred quid on buying the wood, then naturally I wanted something that I'd appreciate – and use.

And do you know, everyone who has seen it has commented on how lovely it is. The only thing we have to be careful of is not slipping on it when it's wet. But then again, if I see VIP take a fall, I know it'd give me a laugh.
Garden Glory - VIP has saved us thousands by installing decking himself

Getting a soaking

Do you remember long hot days of summer? I know it's hard to imagine, but they do show up every now and then.

And when you're hot and bothered, what better way to cool down than a frenzied water fight with the kids! It burns off calories, gives you a good laugh and gets the family laughing together.

Other games we like playing in the garden are football, swing ball (although ours broke recently), frisbee and our absolute favourite – table tennis.

We were really lucky as our neighbours, who were emigrating to Singapore, kindly donated the table tennis table to us and the kids love in. In fact, they've got really good at it. It won't be long before they'll start winning.

My bird house obsession

There are a few things that I'm a bit obsessed with in life and none of them involve shoes, handbags or makeup. I know, I'm not a typical ‘girly girl', but I've always liked that about myself.

My weaknesses instead are novelty birdhouses, glasses (the kind you drink from), mugs and good quality candles. And if I walk past any of these in a shop, I just have to stop to take a look.

My birdhouse obsession has gone from buying novelty bird boxes and feeders to building my own. It's getting a bit ridiculous now as I've counted 22 birdhouses in the garden so far – and people might think I have a bit of a problem.

But the best thing about my birdhouses is when they're being used! I wouldn't say that I'm a twitcher, but I do appreciate it when I see the little dickie birds making full use of the caravan or owl birdhouses.

Garden Glory - I enjoy making my own birdhouses


Weeding out the weeds

There's something about weeding that I find very therapeutic. Some people hate it and see it as a chore, and although I'm not much of a gardener, for some reason I just enjoy clearing the weeds.

I think it harks back to my mini obsession with having to have everything neat and tidy and in its place (I blame my genes), but for some reason, once I've cleared an area and made it looking nice and neat, I suddenly feel in a much better place.

It's the same feeling I get when I've done some filing or cleared my desk or the kitchen. I feel ‘in control' somehow and much less anxious – and the feeling of overwhelm starts to subside. Perhaps I'm in the wrong job.

Garden glory relaxing

‘Just relaxing' isn't something I have the luxury of doing in my day-to-day life; when I'm not working, I'm looking after the kids. And when I'm not looking after the kids, I'm working on my blog – or the house!

There never seems to be enough hours in the day and there is always something that needs doing: shopping, washing, ironing, helping with homework, cleaning, cooking…the list goes on.

I think many of us feel this way, whether we work full time or not. And sometimes, VIP (or my mum) will tell me that I'm getting too stressed and need to go and ‘put my feet up'.

But putting my feet up and relaxing is such an alien concept to me. I can't just sit there doing nothing; heck I even find meditating bloody hard work.

And then one weekend in April the sun shone, and it was lovely and hot. Sitting indoors working seemed like such a crime when I had the opportunity to boost my vitamin D levels. So I decided to take myself outdoors and just lie there on my Zero gravity chair soaking up the rays.

And for those blissful 30 minutes of doing nothing but lying there enjoying myself by doing NOTHING AT ALL, it was almost as if someone had clicked a ‘refresh' button in my brain.

Garden Glory: Relaxing in my zero gravity chair

Garden Glory: Relaxing in my zero gravity chair

For the first time in a long time I felt chilled out, easy going and without a care in the world: words that are never used to describe my personality. But I so needed it.

And do you know, I was much more productive after 30 minutes on my lounger than if I'd been cooped up inside.

Incidentally, if you don't have a ‘zero gravity' sun lounger you really are missing out. Even with my weak back, it's really supportive and feels like you are just floating in the air (set the recline to the almost horizontal position and you're laughing). Plus they're cheaper than what you'd think too, so there's no excuse not to treat yourself!

So I've made a pact with myself: at the weekend if the sun is shining, I'm allowing myself time on my sun lounger. It will be ‘me time' where I'm free to watch the kids play at annoying each other, watch VIP build something else from wood or just watch the clouds go by while I think about how lucky I really am.

All that I need now is for the sun to come out and stay out; then I'll be in my ‘garden glory!'

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claire glace 7th June 2018 - 7:21 pm

The decking looks fabulous, enjoy this summer….

LaurettaCWright 11th June 2018 - 6:34 am

Thanks very much Claire – I hope you have a great summer too 🙂

Madeeha 2nd June 2018 - 10:07 pm

How lucky you are. I live in a flat and lounging in sun in the comfort my home is a dream. Your decking looks great.

LaurettaCWright 3rd June 2018 - 12:01 am

Thanks Madeeha – I do like basking in the sun like you!

Fiona jk42 30th May 2018 - 8:57 pm

We moved into our current home 18 months ago, and the back garden was completely overgrown with brambles, nettles and other weeds. Last year I managed to clear about a third of it, and uncovered a patio we didn’t know was there, and a dried up pond, full of mangled bits of rusty metal, a couple of broken chairs, broken plastic buckets, old drain pipes and other junk, all covered with brambles. I enlisted my husband and we filled a skip with all the junk we cleared. I’m hoping this year to clear the remaining brambles and then re-line the pond and fill it with water and lovely plants.

LaurettaCWright 30th May 2018 - 10:28 pm

Wow Fiona – sounds like you’ve worked really hard and I’m sure the results will pay off. It’s exciting to create something from where you started – I hope you’ve taken pictures to see how far you’ve come!

Hayley F 30th May 2018 - 6:25 pm

Wow your garden is beautiful. I’m currently in love with growing vegetables in the garden. X

LaurettaCWright 31st May 2018 - 9:42 pm

That’s super Hayley – I’d love to get back into growing fruit & veggies!

Lindsey stuart 22nd May 2018 - 10:29 am

Your garden is looking great, I love the wooden decking!
I also have an obsession with bird houses haha, I have had to pop some high up in the holly tree so that the cats have a bother getting to them.

LaurettaCWright 22nd May 2018 - 9:39 pm

Thank you Lindsey! A fellow birdhouse fan – that’s great. They do such great designs though don’t they?

Rachel Fontaine 20th May 2018 - 10:49 pm

I have a birds table in my garden. I love feeding the birds and watching them from my window.

LaurettaCWright 22nd May 2018 - 9:43 pm

It’s relaxing to watch the birds isn’t it? I love it when the birds start using the houses I put up.

Lucy Dorrington 11th May 2018 - 12:10 pm

I love birdhouses too, but it doesn’t matter how much I spend, they still prefer nesting in the tatty old ones!

LaurettaCWright 14th May 2018 - 12:52 pm

Ha ha! That’s true. They don’t like using new ones I’ve discovered, but once the new one has ‘settled in’ they start using them.

Hayley Atkins 10th May 2018 - 11:52 pm

Very impressed with the decking! I know,from painful experience,how slippery it can get when wet! The zero gravity lounger is going on my wish list,I could convince my other half that it is for medical reasons as I am sure my back would benefit!

LaurettaCWright 14th May 2018 - 12:54 pm

You know those squeegees you can buy for showers to wipe them clean? I wonder if they sell them for decking?! Best of luck with the convincing!

Stephanie 10th May 2018 - 8:28 pm

Your garden is lovely and perfect space to relax in. That chair looks very comfy, I need to try and take more time to stop and relax.

Cath - BattleMum 10th May 2018 - 12:50 pm

I must admit I’m like you and rarely get chill time. It sometimes feels like I’m wasting time. And although I hate gardening there is totally a feeling of accomplishment when the weeds are cleared!

LaurettaCWright 14th May 2018 - 12:51 pm

Yes – I’m with you on that. They’ll always be something to do though won’t there?!

Holly - Little Pickle's Mom 10th May 2018 - 8:04 am

What a lovely garden you have – so clever of VIP to built the decking! It looks gorgeous, and relaxing outside with a nice cold drink? PERFECT.

LaurettaCWright 14th May 2018 - 12:08 pm

Thanks so much Holly. You feel like spending time in spaces when they are aesthetically pleasing don’t you?!

Kate 10th May 2018 - 2:17 am

Your garden is gorgeous, and I love the decking! I live in Florida and with the hot weather and all the rain we get, my garden seems to go from looking lovely to be completely out of control overnight! I’m afraid I don’t share your love of pulling weeds, and I tend to put it off until it absolutely has to be done.

LaurettaCWright 15th May 2018 - 5:18 am

Hey Kate – I’m in Florida at the mo actually, so I know what you’re saying and I can sympathise with the weather situation! Mind you, there are better sunny days here than back home!

Linda Hobbis 9th May 2018 - 7:45 pm

I do fancy a zero gravity chair. The trouble is every time we invest in any form of sun lounger it causes world war three because I have to fight the kids for it. Probably need more than one …

Alice Megan 9th May 2018 - 7:37 pm

Just like you I’m completely a homebird! Your garden looks amazing a lovely place to relax

LaurettaCWright 25th June 2018 - 9:49 pm

Thanks Alice! I’ll always be a homebird! 😉

Nichola - Globalmouse 9th May 2018 - 6:54 pm

Oh my goodness, your garden is gorgeous. I can’t wait to get to my forever house and get going with things like this.

LaurettaCWright 15th May 2018 - 5:19 am

That’s exactly what I kept saying before we got the house – but once you have it, it’s lovely….just hard work!

Rachel 9th May 2018 - 6:30 pm

I love that you have a birdhouse obsession – look lovely. I would love a garden as I’m starting to really love flowers and nature more.

LaurettaCWright 15th May 2018 - 5:16 am

Ah thanks Rachel – hopefully one day you will!

Angela Ricardo Bethea 9th May 2018 - 3:13 pm

Your garden is so beautiful. I love seeing greenery. I hope our garden looks like yours so wide.

LaurettaCWright 15th May 2018 - 5:16 am

Thanks Angela – gotta love the different shades of green for a garden right?

Kara 9th May 2018 - 1:48 pm

You have a lovely big garden. Mine is small and completely overtaken with the kids toys – looking forward to reclaiming it for me…….one day

LaurettaCWright 9th May 2018 - 3:14 pm

I know what you mean about the toys – we’ve stuck them in an outdoor storage cupboard to hide them away. Think we got it from Argos but it was good value for money.

Laura Dove 9th May 2018 - 12:56 pm

Oh your garden is lovely! I love what you have done there, ours is a bombsite at the moment but we are giving it a huge makeover this coming week! I can’t wait!

LaurettaCWright 9th May 2018 - 3:12 pm

Oooh how exciting – let’s hope the weather stays nice enough to get it all done!

Yeah Lifestyle 9th May 2018 - 12:04 pm

Loving your garden area and decking, I find when the sun is out we spend so much time outdoors too, I need to get a bird house for the birds that come to the garden and sort out some decking.

LaurettaCWright 9th May 2018 - 3:11 pm

There’s always so much to do isn’t there? And then you can only do things bit by bit for lack of funds I find!

Hazel Newhouse 9th May 2018 - 9:05 am

Your garden is beautiful! Ours is used completely as a vegetable patch, as we grow most of our own food. But, when I do get a chance to relax, the zero gravity chair would be ideal. And so cheap too! x

LaurettaCWright 9th May 2018 - 11:48 am

What a great idea Hazel – that’s super that you can do that – and (almost) free food too!

Fashion and Style Police 9th May 2018 - 7:31 am

Your garden looks great. I love the look of this garden chair. Looks super comfy.

LaurettaCWright 9th May 2018 - 11:47 am

It has taken a lot of hard work but I can’t take the credit – I enjoy admiring the view though! 🙂

Anosa 9th May 2018 - 5:51 am

Your garden space makes me so jealous!
My favourite garden activity, when am at my parents is definitely sunbathing or apple picking. I find these two things so relaxing.

LaurettaCWright 9th May 2018 - 11:46 am

Ooh apple picking – that’s great. Plenty of apple pie to go around then 🙂

Lynne Harper 8th May 2018 - 2:06 pm

I absolutely love the space that you have outside. The decking looks fantastic, in good weather I would spend all my time out there

LaurettaCWright 8th May 2018 - 2:33 pm

Thanks Lynne – that’s very kind. Let’s hope the sun comes out for all of us!

Talya 8th May 2018 - 1:13 pm

I’m loving your bird house obsession – that one is so cool! Can’t say I am with you on the weeding I find it a thankless task lol!

LaurettaCWright 8th May 2018 - 1:56 pm

Trouble is with weeding is that it never ends, so although it looks nice for a day or two, it comes back with a vengeance!

Jon 8th May 2018 - 12:52 pm

What a great looking garden. Hope you’ve managed to really enjoy it during this sunny spell!

LaurettaCWright 8th May 2018 - 12:54 pm

Thanks Jon – hoping the sunny spell continues so we can enjoy it a bit more! 🙂

Kelly 8th May 2018 - 12:18 pm

You guys are so handy. I’m not very good at gardening – though working on it – and my husband is hopeless at DIY and building. I think once my current degree is finished I’m going to do some short DIY type courses so I can do more around the house and garden myself – very much into being frugal and enjoying what we have.

LaurettaCWright 8th May 2018 - 12:55 pm

That’s a great idea Kelly! I’m sure you’ll pick up lifelong skills if you do – I’m thinking about a short course too – you can never stop learning right?!

nicol 8th May 2018 - 12:10 pm

i can definitely see how chilled you look! i mean, if my garden looked like that, i definitely would be in the same position as you

LaurettaCWright 8th May 2018 - 12:56 pm

Ha ha! Thanks Nicol. There’s still plenty to do, but I think it’s important to take a break every now and then don’t you?

Fritha Quinn 8th May 2018 - 10:01 am

how cute is your birdhouse and how lovely for all the birds that get to use them all! (can totally relate to collecting things!) x

LaurettaCWright 8th May 2018 - 2:35 pm

I do like a novelty birdhouse. I’ve got a little birdhouse at the front and I actually think there’s a bird in there using it which is soooo cute. It’s in the shape of a country cottage.

Ana 7th May 2018 - 10:46 pm

Sounds like I could definitely do with a good sun lounger in that case, especially if it will be good for my productivity. And when the weather is glorious like it has been today there is nothing more fun than getting a soaking and playing games in the garden!

LaurettaCWright 7th May 2018 - 11:42 pm

I love it Ana – such good fun. It’s been a great long weekend hasn’t it? I’ve loved every minute! Hope you did too! x

Rhian Westbury 7th May 2018 - 8:04 pm

I love this decking and I know what you mean by the slatted wood so this is just what I’d want for my house x

LaurettaCWright 7th May 2018 - 11:41 pm

I’m a bit of a fuss pot when it comes to things like that, but I have to say, I don’t regret my decision!

Beth @ BethinaBox.com 7th May 2018 - 6:51 pm

Oh your decking looks fab! Our garden is a bit of a dump site/kids playground at the moment. I’m desperate to get it under control but it’s not happening at the moment.

LaurettaCWright 8th May 2018 - 7:25 am

Hopefully if the sun stays out Beth, you’ll have the chance to get it under control – good luck!


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