Unfortunately we cannot always rely on the great British weather for continuous sunshine through out the summer months, however we can guarantee that due to the unreliable forecast we can always get excited for an unexpected and imminent heatwave during September and sometimes even October. Last October saw one of the hottest Halloweens on record therefor there is absolutely no reason to spend your hard earned cash on chasing the sun. So many Brits are choosing to stay home for their holidays and enjoying time in their own space. Their gardens.

It does not take much to turn a small space into a homely haven that you can call your garden. There are several ways to enjoy a staycation at home surrounded by your own greenery rather than splashing the cash and leaving the house.

Organising your garden is the first step to ensuring a weekend break of rest and relaxation. Have a good tidy up and dispose of any unwanted pots or garden rubbish. Mow the grass and trim the hedges and remember to get those seeds planted during the spring to produce a growth of beautiful colours throughout the seasons. It is surprising how much more appealing a garden looks with a quick tidy.

Invest in a good quality weather proof furniture set and host a garden party or enjoy some Al fresco dining with friends. Maybe spark up the Barbeque during the summer months and serve homemade lemonade or pimms. After socialising and stomach full of great food why not retire to a sun lounger and soak up some rays or put your feet up on the garden sofa.

Who says you cannot enjoy your garden during the winter months also? Patio heaters and fire pits are a great source of warmth whilst enjoying a glass of wine, wrapped in a snug throw watching the stars.

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Have you ever tried sleeping in a tent in your own garden? Again this is an adventure you can enjoy without packing and travelling with a car full of kit. With all amenities and luxuries to hand there is absolutely no reason to adorn, embellish or garnish your tent. Jazz up your sleeping arrangement with fairy lights and rugs for a sense of festival playfulness. Children love to try new and exciting things and sleeping in the garden certainly entertains a sense of fascination.

With children in mind, entertaining small people in the garden can be a rewarding but mind numbing task. We all want our children to enjoy as much time in as little space as possible and this means providing them with enough entertainment to keep them busy whilst parents enjoy that much needed recuperation with minimal interruptions. Sandpits and rope swings are a great idea, or even a paddling pool can keep a child entertained for hours. Under adult supervision of course.

Finally as the cold weather draws in, the nights get shorter and you have spent every last spare minute of time in your garden as you possibly can it is time to tidy up and prepare for snowfall. Heavy duty furniture covers are compulsory for keeping your furniture becoming damaged from the elements until it is time to awaken the garden again in the spring. A cover with a drawstring is highly recommended to prevent wind catching on to it during those blustery nights.

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by Mary from mymodelmummy.com