Do you have a favourite spot in the garden?
I have a few…
The best thing we bought for our new home is a hanging seat. It’s actually a garden seat, but over Winter we’ve placed it in the extension, where it brings the outside in, allowing us to look out through the floor to ceiling glass windows over the fields and hills.
Everyone loves this seat, the kids love to sit in it with headphones on zoning out after a day at school. My Dad loves to sit in it with his binoculars watching out for hares, stoats and birds on the bird feeders. Guests who come and stay always curl up there with a book or magazine and when I get a chance I like to take my cup of tea there and ‘just be’.
It takes a bit of effort to get in. So once you are in, you are in. This always makes me commit to relaxing.
For me that’s what the perfect garden moment is all about.
I can’t wait to take it outside when the weather warms up.
In the meantime, my other favourite spot is the hammock, a long held dream of mine. I have lovely childhood memories of lying in a hammock with my Mum at her friends house. Smelling lavender and looking up at apple trees. This year the kids bought me a hammock for Mother’s Day. It’s the best gift.
Early on after we moved to our new house, Dad encouraged me to make a little spot in the front garden, which is a proper cottage garden in summer, to have a tea break. We found a wooden chair and table set and it is a lovely place to sit. It is a morning sun trap and also makes for the perfect escape in that no one thinks to look for me here.
We have an old bench over looking the veg beds, which will forever make me think of my Grandad, who was an amazing gardener. We spent many happy weekends gardening with him, sitting on the bench in the posh bit of the garden after digging at the bottom of the garden was always a treat.
I have happy memories of the picnic bench in my childhood garden, we would show a blanket over and hey presto, a den. We have a picnic bench too now, and it is perfect for dens and family lunches. We had a table and chairs at one point, but whenever I wanted to sit down there would be no chairs because the kids had used them to create a den or dragged them off to climb onto something.
I feel so lucky to have all these spots, but apart from the hanging chair, they are all relatively inexpensive. When I have saved up a bit more I do have one more dream. A daybed, but more of a den than just a bed.
I’m not much of a sun lover, so I generally plonk myself on a rug under a tree, or shift the picnic bench there. So I love the idea of cuddling up with the kids, a good book or Mr A in one of these. There’s a rattan hideaway daybed in this article by Fishpools, they have a swing seat too.
Becky over at A Beautiful Space has some lovely ideas for garden spots too!
What’s your favourite spot in the garden?
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