Tagged: dining

Big Tents

Every couple of years or so, my mum will decide to have a ‘bit of a do’ and invite close family and more distant family over for a buffet meal, chat, coffee, etc. which will always be held in the garden. She tends to do these on years when the garden is looking particularly lovely, and when the roses are smelling sweet and the grass is at its greenest. And why not, I say. Anyhows, part of this routine involves dad erecting some kind of giant sun-shade over the trestle tables to keep the sun off the diners. In truth it usually serves to keep off the rain, or protect people from the falling acorns thrown by the rather angry squirrels that live in the...

Raining Stair-rods

It’s a summer showery day here today and you have to time any outdoor trip with care. However, despite my best efforts I ended up in a storm which could only be described as ‘raining stair-rods’. (A saying oft times used here in the UK for heavy rain). The idea of it raining stair-rods is amusing me greatly. For those who don’t know, a stair rod is the name of the metal pole or stick that used to be put in place at the back of each stair step to hold a stair carpet / rug in place, to bend it from tread to rise. This was a common practice in days of yore before we had fitted carpets. My Grandma had some brass ones...

5 Step Guide to Finding the Perfect Place for your Outdoor Dining Table

Today, toddler and I went on a bus ride to the local indoor play barn. I’m not quite sure which bit for him was the most exciting. Maybe it was the play barn (which is his second favorite thing in the world), or the bus journey (which is his favorite thing in the world)… but today I think all things might have been outdone by the excitement of sitting on a bench at the bus stop for 20 minutes watching the traffic go past. This may seem like a bore to a grown-up but to a three year old it is an exciting time. You start by climbing on the bench and then jumping up and down and crawling along it. You investigate underneath it...