Let’s do the very British thing by talking about the weather. It’s hot isn’t it? Some of you may be like me and seeking solace indoors whilst the rest of you are likely to be putting any outside space to use. Here are a few bits and pieces for the garden which I’ve recently purchased or have my eye on.

Fire Pit

We have a fire pit in our garden but unfortunately it’s gone rusty over the years and the bottom has more or less fallen out which doesn’t make for the safest marshmallow toasting. For my dad’s birthday this year we bought him one from Amazon. I have to say I was quite impressed with its heating prowess. Admittedly we were practically on top of it but the mesh sides mean so much more heat gets kicked out and makes for a toasty evening.


I’ve been after a parasol for ages after my original one ended up with a huge rip in it. After battling with a garden table that was too small for years, we stripped the top off last year and added some wooden planks instead and now we can comfortably fit eight rather than squeezing on six. We intended to cut a hole in the centre for a parasol but instead bought Ikea’s free standing one. The base is MASSIVE and we had planned to manoeuvre it down on to the bottom patio too (the patio pictured in the header image) as it’s such a sun trap, however I think it’s staying put. If you’re after a giant parasol then I’d recommend it but for a smaller one, try Argos instead.

Outdoor Rug

I’d love an outdoor rug for the newer patio we have. The one pictured above was ‘borrowed’ from the bedroom. We had a waterprrof rug at our old house and I wish we’d bought it with us. The polypropylene ones can be used inside and out and hosed down for a quick clean. I found this one on Amazon but would prefer one in grey. The search continues.


Why have a regular rectangle blanket for your picnic when you can have a circular one? I’m a sucker for a round rug, towel or blanket and a couple of these Aldi specials dotted about the garden or park would be very handy.

Outdoor Lighting

Rock My Wedding’s Lorna is having a fabulous extension added at the moment and is in the market for new outdoor lighting. I pointed her in the direction of Wilko lighting as I’m a big fan of their ultra reasonable pricing and have had lots of comments on the fisherman lights that illuminate my patio.
Last year I bought some warm solar lights from Next to coil around thinner tree trunks. They were so good! Then James unfortunately put the strimmer through the wire and I lost a set. If anyone knows where I can get some replacements from I would love you forever.

Outdoor Cushions

The cushions I use outdoors are just regular bog-standard ones. I really like these M&S Palm Print water resistant ones. If you prefer something a bit zingier then check out Aldi’s offering instead.

Melamine Tableware

I’ve had lots of friends over with littles recently and realised I need to get myself some more plastic glasses. I wouldn’t recommend giving them your favourite Anthro glasses as I discovered a few weeks ago.
For super stylish ones I love the Design Letters ones from Not On The High Street however these palm print ones from M&S scream summer.

Garden Chairs

I would really like some extra seating for our patio as when we have folks around we always seem to be short of a chair or two. I haven’t found anything that’s quite right but did come across this hanging macrame chair which would be lovely strung from a sturdy tree! For a stylish plastic chair on a budget then this shape of grey plastic chair is different to the usual white plastic ones you may be familiar with.

Are you spending more time outdoors at the moment? Any new garden finds you’d like to share?

  • Grey Plastic Chair
    The Range Grey Chair
  • Design Letters Melamine Tumbler
    Design Letters Melamine Tumbler
  • M&S Palm Tumbler
    M&S Palm Tumbler
  • Aldi Circular Blanket
  • Amazon Fire Pit
    Amazon Fire Pit
  • Palm Print Outdoor Water Resistant Cushion
    Marks and Spencer Palm Print Cushion
  • Wilko Fishermans Wall Lantern
    Wilko Fishermans Wall Lantern
  • Amazon Outdoor Rug
    Amazon Outdoor Rug
  • Macrame Hanging Chair
    Macrame Hanging Chair
  • Ikea Parasol