Author: Alison

Metallic Wind Chime with Relaxing Melody

Wind chimes are one of those love / hate kind of things. They start out being relaxing and pretty, but eventually they just become twinkly and annoying – every note grating on your nerves. Before too long your image of relaxing musical notes drifting across the garden has become finger-nails being scraped down an old style school, chalk-board… There’s a reason why this happens and it’s to do with musical scales and note-pairs. Most wind chimes are just pieces of metal or wood that have been roughly tuned, but not necessarily to any known musical scale or notes. They are hung together, usually in a circle of deepening note sounds. Although this might seem logical, what it actually means is that as the wind moves...

Portable Patio Dining Table with Folding Frame

Everyone loves a garden party. The burning smell of sausages cooking on the BBQ, the scream of kids charging around the garden, the sight of Grandma getting tipsy on the chilled wine, the dog running off with the half cooked chicken pieces. Ahh! Bliss! Everything would be great if only you had a table to put all the food onto. You thought about using the table from the house only it’s too heavy to drag around… So here you are instead – hosting the most perfect garden party your neighborhood has known for a decade – and everyone is juggling their plates on their laps while trying to pass around the serving dish of salad. What you need is a light weight portable patio table…...

A Snowy Tale, a Train Ride and a Bus.

When I was 20, oh so many years ago, myself and three friends decided to spend Christmas holidays in Scotland. But not just any part of Scotland. Oh no. We choose to stay in Fort William, which is the town right next to Ben Nevis, which is the Highest Mountain / peak in the British Isles (U.K.) We traveled by train as two of us worked for the railways and got free travel passes. It took us quite a long time but we happily enjoyed the journey, particularly as only I had been to Scotland before. They were all hoping for snow and I was hoping for Scottish whiskey. Anyways, our holiday was mostly uneventful – pizza for Christmas dinner, too many awful films on...

Top 5 Things to Think About When Choosing Patio Dining Chairs

Outdoor dining set chairs come in any type, any shape and any fabric – but what else should you be aware of when choosing your chairs. Here’s my top five tips list. 1. Do you want to sit still or do you want to rock ‘n’ roll or are you just a fidget at heart? If the answer is yes to any or all of these then you might want to consider a dining set with swivel and/or rocking chairs. These are perfect for either dining at the table in luxurious comfort, or for relaxing afterwards – being able to change your view from the dinner table to that glorious sunset behind you without having to expend too much energy shifting the furniture around. Some...

A Little Black Dress for the Garden

Every woman knows (and a lot of men) that a clothing closet is not complete without at least one Little Black Dress (LBD) in it. Why? Because that’s what we are told. Just kidding… It’s to do with being able to use that one item of clothing for any occasion. Add a fancy pair of shoes and necklace and it’s evening wear; add a throw or wrap for day-wear; flat shoes and sensible ear-rings and you have work-wear; etc. etc. A couple of years ago I remember hearing that every woman actually needed a little orange dress. A season later and the LBD was back and even more important than ever. Not that I know anything about fashion. I’ve been wearing the same style of...

For a Perfect Wedding Photo use a Brown Wicker Bench with Foot Stool

There is a ‘lovely’ photograph of me, thankfully in a box in my parents roof space, sitting on a bench with my sister at my Grandma’s second wedding. The reason why it is so ‘delightful’ is that we had the sun glaring into our eyes and everyone was telling us to look up and smile. This did not, however, have any effect. Nor did the bride of extra ice-cream. Our faces were firmly fixed – one in a scowl and the other in a grimace. Why would we be so on such a happy day… Why indeed? The reason is that we were sitting on something that I like to call ‘Sick Bench Syndrome’. I’m sure you know what I mean. This tired old piece...

Balcony Sunshade in Pale Blue (Or a Story About Invention)

Necessity is the Mother of Invention Once upon a time not so long ago, an old man and his older wife were sat on their balcony enjoying the sunshine. Except that the sun was oh so bright that every day, after only ten minutes, they would shuffle back inside to avoid the glare. “What we need,” says she “is a sun-shade.” “Right ho” says he and he shuffles out the apartment, down the four flights of stairs, along the highway for a mile and to the store. “We want a sun shade as it’s too hot to sit out on the balcony.” The salesman rubbed his chin, and disappeared to the back of his shop. After much muttering, clattering and the occasional grunt, the salesman...

Recycled Plastic Porch Swing

I have just spent a pleasant three nights decorating my 11 year old son’s bedroom while he was away with my parents. We did warn him that this would happen so it wasn’t a huge surprise when he got home, and we even told him what color we were using. Although maybe we missed a chance there… “Hey son, welcome home – look I’ve painted your room. You do like pink don’t you?” Mind you he’s so laid back that he wouldn’t have reacted too much. Especially as anything is better than the purple he’s been living with since we moved here 5 years ago. “Don’t worry son – we’ll be moving soon. This is just a short term let…” I’m always confused by the...

How to Stop the Point Sinking In

If you want to avoid my waffle, and get straight to the point (pun intended) click below to view some up-side-down coasters to spread the weight a little on your lawn. Many years ago I got to be bridesmaid to my sister. I remember this day for one thing… shoes. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not a ‘shoe’ person. I have two pairs – both comfy. One for outside and one for inside. End of! The Wedding It was the first time that I had worn shoes with a heel, or at least those tiny stiletto heels. Personally I would have preferred deck shoes but because we all had to look the same, we all had to have the same...

Death by Sun-Lounger

Everyone has certain memories of childhood that they always remember. One of mine is my grandma, who lived next door, sat in her small veranda in her sun-lounger. A box under the footrest where the cats slept to keep her company. She would sit, and watch our yard and into our kitchen… and drive my mum mad. But that’s a whole ‘nother story. So imagine how thrilled I was when my Grandma gave me her beloved sun-lounger when I got my first place with a small garden. How she must have loved me to give me this oh-so-special chair. That was until I tried it. It had two positions – upright like an old fashioned school ma’am was shouting at you, or perfectly flat if...