It May Be Autumn But Let’s Take It Outside

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.

It May Be Autumn But Let's Take It Outside

Tableware and Candle Holders from Rowen and Wren

Dining Alfresco

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.

It May Be Autumn But Let's Take It Outside

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.

It May Be Autumn But Let's Take It Outside

The Foscot Fire Pit from Garden Trading

Fireside Drinks

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.

It May Be Autumn But Let's Take It Outside

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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2 Comments

  1. Reply

    Wer ruft an

    October 21, 2019

    Great post! I must show it to my friend, who doesn;t understand the beauty of autumn, can’t apreciate the beauty of that season and gets autumn depress.
    Those photos certainly show that autumn also can be beautiful and full of good moments. Thank you for that.

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      October 22, 2019

      Glad you liked it 🙂

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