Yes, it’s officially Autumn. The days are getting shorter and our thoughts are turning to making the home cosy. But wait a minute. Temperatures may be dropping but we are still rewarded (some days admittedly) with a glimpse of the sun and some pleasant interludes. It’s far too beautiful outside to hibernate yet! So, instead of turning inwards, let’s embrace those times when we can still enjoy alfresco dining, or evenings round the fire toasting marshmallows. And let’s take it outside.
Tableware and Candle Holders from Rowen and Wren
The weather at this time of the year is unpredictable so any plans to dine outside need to be fluid. There’s no point in planning an elaborate table setting, only to be rained inside. Keep things simple with just the essentials for a spontaneous continental breakfast or a casual ploughmans lunch. A basket by the back door filled with blankets and cushions will be handy to keep out the chills when needed, and a sheepskin or two will ensure bottoms are warm.
Hammock from Nordic House
Pack a Garden Picnic
An Autumn picnic can be just what’s needed after a hard week of work. But that doesn’t mean you have to go far. A picnic in the garden can be just as much fun. Carrying out the food and drinks in a basket is also very practical as it can be repacked and rushed indoors at a moments notice. A hammock is the perfect lounging spot on damper days, and a few outdoor rugs can be brought out of the garden shed for the same reason.
The Foscot Fire Pit from Garden Trading
Sometimes all you need to get your dose of fresh air is a few drinks before retiring inside to eat. Toasted marshmallows optional. A fire-pit will come into it’s own at this time of year. Surrounded by low seating and a few tealights it can be a magical setting as the sun goes down. You might even stretch the evening into night with some woolly throws and a hot toddy or two.
Tableware from Barton Croft
Make it Special
Whichever option you choose, make sure to make it special. The comfort of your family and guests is of utmost importance even if you are outside. No one wants to be cold and miserable. So collect blankets, throws, cushions and sheepskins from around the house. And also keep handy some hats and finger less gloves too. Candlelight and string lights will earn their keep now as it gets dark earlier and can make even the most spontaneous of occasions something special.
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