Move life outdoors in the last month of Summer
We find ourselves in holiday mode, along with the rest of the UK, with August the month when the majority of us take our well-earned summer holiday. And this year, not least because the weather looks to be on our side, we’re focusing on those of us who are choosing to stay on home ground and making the most of the many festivals and events – not to mention our own glorious beaches and countryside –that abound. Here’s to a modern British holiday!
So, we’ve pulled together some outdoor living tips that will make all the difference to your homespun holiday, summer festival, family picnic or even just your own back garden festivities!
To focus our minds, we’ve been planning next weekend at our local Oxfordshire summer festival; Wilderness festival is a family friendly 4 day event that’s got just about everything that celebrates nature and the outdoors … music to our ears! It will be everything we love about camping outdoors and our highlight is going to be a BBQ with friends on the Saturday night, before the enigmatic Rodriguez takes to the stage!
So, here’s our checklist. For us, it’s items that are either already adorning our garden or in the garden shed. Wherever possible, we put a lot of thought into it - our garden essentials are ones that fold flat and slip into the back of the car and we make sure we have a full set of all we need for an out-of-garden, spontaneous alfresco moment!
There’s nothing more British than a classic folding deckchair adorned with thick, bold stripes – and best of all, ours rock, in more ways than one. They pack away quickly and neatly, perfect for an impromptu outing.
With most of us owning sensible cars, having a few lightweight, fold away stools to hand allows for the perfect festival, beach or picnic solution and help make throwing a party very easy.3.BBQ
The single item that can turn a picnic into a gastronomic extravaganza… and there’s probably not too much BBQ weather left this summer, so make the most of it!
Little touches make all the difference, and our big ‘little touch’ for outdoor eating is always to use linen napkins. They add a bit of extra panache, but watch out, napkin envy from onlookers has to be managed graciously!
To be honest, cushions are in our view not optional, they are an outdoor essential. So easy to squeeze into a car, they turn any hard surface into a seat. Any shape, size and colour goes - our favourite though is a long, bench cushion in a summery, striped linen.
Can’t wait for our BBQ at Wilderness – we’re thinking wild sea trout marinated in chili and ginger, haloumi and summer vegetable kebabs, with an abundance of leaf salad tossed in a mustard vinaigrette.