Innovative Outdoor Storage Ideas


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*This post is in collaboration with Media Buzzer*


We all love to spend time in our garden and most homeowners are always looking to make improvements and if you feel that your garden is a little cluttered, you might need some extra storage space. With that in mind, here are some innovative ways to provide secure storage in your outdoor area.

Garden Shed Revamp

If you already have a garden shed that has seen better days, now is the time to think about purchasing a new unit. Garden sheds come in all shapes and sizes, which means you can make the best use of the available space and by choosing a metal shed, you can be sure it will stand the test of time. If your shed is in good condition, but always full to the brim, a larger unit would make all the difference and with the online supplier, you can usually save a lot of money when compared to buying from a garden centre. Ideally, your shed should be large enough to accommodate your patio furniture, which should be stored away for the winter and if that’s asking a bit much, consider replacing your shed with something a little larger.

Hanging Pouches


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These can be fixed to a wall and you can store your gardening tools this way. Spades, rakes, brooms and shears can all be cleverly stored in an upright hanging arrangement. Some people use them for hanging gardens and they can either be hand crafted or purchased, whichever you prefer. If you have an old bookcase, it can be reused as an outdoor storage facility and with some sanding and a few coats of varnish, the timber should handle the seasons.

DIY Garden Hose Holder

This can be crafted out of timber and consists of two hooks, one upside down, onto which the garden hose can be wound. Ideally the hooks can be fixed to a wall and preferably right near the outside tap. The garden hose is usually a problem to store and of it is left out, it can easily be damaged and with your new hose clip holder, your garden will not look so cluttered. There are an informative articles you can find online that shows many unique garden storage ideas if you need some extra inspiration.

Build a Timber Shoe Rack

This can easily be made from a few lengths of 2 x 2 with a small frame at each end and with the lengths at 45 degrees, all the shoes can sit in a row. Providing you have a saw, a drill and a screwdriver, this will only take a couple of hours and you can either paint it or coat it with varnish.

Storage Box

Ideally, on wheels, the lid can be hinged on the top and it can be used for garden seating, while inside you can store the BBQ cooking utensils, pots and pans. Take a look at any old furniture you might have, an old ottoman for instance, would be perfect and this can be painted a contrasting colour to brighten up the garden.


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There are many ways one can add storage in the outdoor living area and with a sturdy shed of ample proportions, you will always have space to store gardening equipment, bikes and the lawnmower.



Having A Hen Party At Home*



*This is a collaborative post*


Today, a lot of people are looking to have their hen parties abroad, in part, this has been due to the fact some destinations offer much better value for money - however, given the weakness of the pound against the Euro, this is becoming less and less the case.

A much larger part of this trend is that people today seem to feel they need to go abroad in order to feel they are “getting away”, yet with travelling abroad, comes a lot of hassle in terms of arranging the logistics for a group of diverse people such as airplane tickets and accommodation.

In this vein, it’s worth considering a hen party at home, for instance having a hen party in Cardiff can be a very raunchy night out yet it also allows for more gentle activities in the surrounding countryside, or adventurous pursuits such as white water rafting.

The benefit of remaining in the UK for your hen party is that you don’t have the expense or logistical nightmare of flying.

Flying can prove just too costly for a lot of people, especially when you factor in the additional extras such as travel to the airport, parking at the airport, paying above the odds for a snack at the airport or on the plane, then getting from the airport to the destination - it can all mount up. Therefore, just because you’ve found a cheap deal on tickets, take the time to consider each step in the journey as it could prove much more expensive than you first imagine.

The further benefit in such a time starved society, where people have work and families to attend to, is that a hen party in the UK can start on Friday night after work and finish around lunchtime on Sunday without things feeling too rushed; whereas, when you add in a flight and all the travel time to and from the airport, it’s a little too much to pack into a weekend and will often leave people feeling exhausted.

Now, let’s take a look at the three core ingredients of any successful hen party; accommodation, transport, and activities.

1. ACCOMODATION

The majority of hen parties involve at least one big night out, meaning, you don’t need to stay somewhere posh - just somewhere, clean, safe, comfortable and central.  In this sense, staying in a Travelodge or Premier Inn works for most people… and if you book well in advance, you can get some good deals.

2. TRANSPORT

The best way to get to and from your hen party locations tends to be to travel by train, as you don’t want to be driving the morning after a big night out, plus you can get some cheap tickets if you book in advance (and at the weekend there are some good deals on first class tickets too).  The main benefit of this is that you can travel together as a group and relax into your hen party.

3.  ACTIVITES

The majority of “good” hen parties involve a little pampering, a little culture, a little relaxation, a little partying and a little adventure.  In this sense, you want to find somewhere that can offer all four strands and remember, even if you are going with a group of girly girls adventure activities can make for a much more rich experience because it’s something a little different.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. *Header image via Pexels


The Benefits Of Yoga By Mi-Mi




Hi all!

It’s been a while since I last wrote for GGD but when I was given the opportunity to write a yoga post I literally leapt at the chance!

I first discovered yoga over a year ago when I was on holiday in Greece with my friend. Every morning we started the day with yoga on the balcony overlooking the hills and a peek of the ocean...sounds like bliss...and it was, from that moment I was hooked and knew I had found “my thing”. 



When I got back to the UK I found a local yoga studio and signed up for a 4 week beginner course. I always thought that to do yoga you had to be bendy and well..be able to stand on your head! That’s certainly not the case, it’s listening to your body and being engaged in your yoga practice.  The person next to you or in front of you may be able to hold a pose for longer or get into a deeper lunge but it’s not a competition, yoga should never be uncomfortable, it’s the time for you to get to know your body.  The teacher is there to help guide you through the practice but you move at your own pace and rest when your body needs to. 

I like to do yoga a few times a week, be it at a yoga studio or at home.  When I am at the yoga studio I find it really helpful to have the teacher guide me to ensure I am holding the poses correctly and effectively which is good to remember when I’m at home doing it alone. Saying that, when I’m at home I’m not completely alone in my practice as I follow a guided lesson either on YouTube or via an app, of which there are hundreds to choose from!


Yoga is great for your health too, it’s a full body and mind workout. It’s great for strengthening and stretching, combined with deep breathing and relaxation techniques and meditation.  The yoga studio I go to is actually a hot yoga studio, this means doing yoga in 40’ heat which has its health benefits too. Practicing yoga in the heat allows you to burn fat more effectively as your heart rate increases and also increases metabolism levels which helps you to tone your body and loose weight.  As the heat is so intense you sweat A LOT, which is good because it promotes detoxification through the skin.  Because of this I always make sure I drink plenty of water before and after my yoga workout.  The heat also makes your muscles limber allowing deeper stretches and poses as they become warmer quicker and are more elastic. 

The main and original context of yoga was spiritual practices to train the body and mind to self observe and be aware of their own nature, therefore I think surroundings and a comfortable yoga mat during my practice are very important.  I personally like to do it in a warm low lit room with my candles and incense burning with some relaxing zen music on.  I have somewhat of a collection of yoga mats now but one of my favourites is my new stunning green yoga mat in a beautiful peacock design.  Perhaps head to the web page yourself and have a browse at the stunning mats they have to offer and get inspired to get your yoga on!




The one thing I always take away with me after a yoga session is that I always feel great afterwards! When I’m on my yoga mat I think of nothing else just my yoga practice at that moment, all other thoughts are left off the mat.  I find it really boosts my mood no matter what I’ve had to deal with in life that day.  With that said it’s time for me to join some fellow yogis and hit the yoga studio now...

Until next time

Namaste
Mi-Mi xx


3 First Steps To Take When Your Relationship Is In Trouble*




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We have all been through times when our relationships seem to be in trouble or even on the verge of falling apart. When this happens, it can be so hard to keep your head and wits about you - and yet keeping your cool is likely to be important here more than at any other time. it’s good to remember that there are always things you can do if you do find yourself in a tough situation with your partner, and there is rarely such a thing as a lost cause. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the first steps that you might want to consider taking when you feel that your relationship is in trouble. By following these steps, you will be able to gain a better perspective and hopefully get to a better position with your relationship much sooner than you would otherwise.

Speak To A Third Party

Any relationship is prone to being insular, and because of this it is often challenging for you to both keep a cool head when problems arise. You will find it hugely advantageous to both speak to a third party independently of one another, as in so doing you will be able to ensure that you are going to both gain a better, fresher perspective than you would have otherwise. This third party could be a close friend whose opinion you trust, or it could be a therapist or counsellor, or it might even be that you have gone to some psychic readings for clarification. In any case, speaking to someone who is not involved will help you to straighten out what you actually think about what is going on - and that is hugely valuable.

Slow Down

It’s hugely important to make sure that you don’t rush into any kinds of decisions, as when you are in the heat of an argument you can easily do or say something that you will later regret. By slowing down, you can be sure that you are not going to do anything silly, and that will mean that you are much more likely to be able to keep a hold on the relationship much more effectively as well. Slowing down can be hard when you are angry and frustrated, but the simple act of taking some deep breaths is likely to be sufficient to make it easier. What’s more, it will ensure that you can effectively get your opinion across much more easily and with less chance of being misinterpreted.

Be Honest

You should make sure that you are being as honest as possible, even if that is hard to do. That is something which you might find is going to be more challenging the more of a difficult truth it is, but those are generally exactly the things that need saying the most. Being honest keeps the communication channels open, and ensures that you are going to be able to deal with whatever problems you are facing much more maturely and effectively together.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. Header photo via Pexels.




Winter In The Garden*




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Just because winter is neary here does not mean there are no jobs to be done in the garden. Keeping your garden in order is a year-round task, and there is always something that needs to be done.

New Plants

Roses and bare rooted shrubs should be planted now before the ground starts to freeze. While it is still soft the conditions will encourage new rooting. It is also a good time to dig up and replant anything woody that you want to put somewhere else.

If you want to create a new hedge, plant some beech, hawthorn or hornbeam. If you plant any new trees, make sure you stake it well to prevent the roots being pulled out in a strong wind. 

Protect Your Vegetables 

Some vegetables will be ruined as the frost starts. You are better off for instance, lifting parsnips and storing them in boxes of sand to keep them disease free. Cauliflower curds will suffer if the frost gets to them so wrap their leaves around them and secure with string.


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Fruits 

Although some people tend to associate fruits with summer, now is the best time to plant bare-root fruit trees and bushes. Summer fruiting raspberries and blackcurrants are just two examples. What you must do though is incorporate plenty of organic matter into the planting hole. You may need to make a visit to Vitax Garden World to get this, but it is vitally important to help any trees and bushes you plant now survive the winter months. The harvest of apples and pears you have in dark boxes in a cool place need checking occasionally, and any that have gone bad need removing before they infect any others.


Caring For Flowers 

Flowers are more likely to die in severe frosts than any other plants. Things like dahlias should be lifted now. You should shake off any excess soil, wash them clean and leave them outside to dry. Store them in trays that have plenty of air circulation and they will be ready to put back in the ground next spring. If you have any flowers that you don't think will make it through, why not cut them and bring them into your home as flowers can really cheer the place up in winter. 

This time of year is good for planting tulips, but because the weather is so unpredictable, you are better off starting them in containers. When spring does come, they will then be ready to plant outside and you will soon have your first show of colour for next year.

Any flowering shrubs you have should be cut back so that all the flowers are taken off, and late flowering perennials should be treated the same. Protect young and hardy plants by putting straw on the ground to prevent the frost having such a severe effect on them.

Generally, as a rule of thumb, if the roots of a plant will suffer in frost, lift them and put them inside for protection. Some will fare well in containers over the winter months as long as they have plenty of light and some water. 

Then look at other things around your garden that might need removing. Electirc pumps and lights should be brought inside before the weather gets really bad, and you might want to put all your garden furniture away until next summer.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. Header photo source Pixabay.



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