Article by Nick Rinylo
We hope you’ve all had an amazing January and walked off those Christmas calories! The Prime Minister has now set out the roadmap for the upcoming months of lockdown and the plans to ease throughout the country. There’s light at the end of the tunnel and we all have something to look forward to.
And of course, there’s four different stages to go through until we’re out of the woods. But with pubs reopening soon and so much to look forward to, just know that there’s opportunities you won’t want to miss. Take a look through our ideas for February and see what’s still possible during lockdown!
As we hopefully come out of lockdown, the weather’s improving and the days are gradually getting longer. This is the perfect time to start planning ahead for your 2021 garden space. It could be good luck or global warming, but we’re having somewhat of a ‘fake Spring’, with temperatures higher than average for this time of year.
If you have a balcony, it may be time to start dining al fresco once again. You may still need a little help and comfort from some outdoor heating as we’re not quite in the height of summer yet. If you’re working with a small space, then that’s ok – there’s plenty of wall mounted outdoor heating solutions that won’t take up any more room than is necessary.
We know the typical garden in the UK isn’t always the biggest, but that’s no excuse – there’s so many ways to get creative with a small outdoor space. You don’t need flower beds when you have corners for potted plants, and as long as you can fit a dining set then you’re winning.
Small spaces can still be social and when lockdown lifts, you’ll want to have your loved ones right for a bit of bubbly to celebrate. Set off your space with an upmarket feel by incorporating something like an LED ice holder, making a statement whilst serving a very good purpose!
And speaking of having your loved ones over, now is the time to get your garden looking party perfect whilst we still have all this time to do so. Perhaps wait until April until you mow the lawn – the thicker layer of grass will help to protect the ground as it is still winter.
If you have a patio or decking though, now is a good time to scrub it down with a good cleaner and jet washing it to keep it clean. Rake the leaves, deweed your flower beds and pots, and trim down any unruly bushes. When it’s warm enough to do so, you could even give your fence a lick of paint or varnish to freshen it up.
We know homeschooling has been tough for a lot of parents and trying to balance work life. But before the kids go back to school, enjoy this sunshine while it lasts. Let them flex their creative muscles by painting some plain plant pots with them. You can find these fairly cheap online.
Or, if you are in need of a few extra hands, implement a reward system and introduce some chores to do in the garden. Kids are always happy to be involved! Perhaps teach them how to plant flowers or how to water and feed the garden each day.
Kids will be itching to get outside now that the weather is picking up. Take full advantage with your outdoor living space and take the toys and activities outside. You could invest in an outdoor rug to create a soft and safe place for them to play.
Bring on Spring!
We hope you’re all looking forward to the upcoming months as the rules change and we’re allowed to not only see each other, but really enjoy the weather and beautiful days to come.
If you’re planning on purchasing some items from us, why not check out our fabrics and see what we have to offer? We hope that this year brings happiness to everyone and that we can finally reunite properly with one another.