September seems so far behind us now; well, in reality it is, isn’t it?! Three weeks behind us in fact. I’ve had so much happening the past few weeks that I’ve only just gotten around to writing our favourites for September. I was thinking I would just skip it this month, but then I decided to just get on with it as I haven’t missed a month since I started in May last year.
Our September favourites mostly consists of food and the boys. Well, they are two of my most favourite things in general anyway, so it’s fitting! September was back to school month, and we also have two family birthdays; The Husband and his brother, at either end of the month.
As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, all anybody wants to do is stay inside in the warmth, but do we think about the wildlife at this time of year? How do they cope in these cold situations and how can we help? Living in the countryside between a river and open fields, we do get quite a lot of furry – and spiky – friends visiting! All four of us love to quietly watch them go about their business.
Garden specialists, Oeco Garden Rooms, are promoting awareness and sharing some handy tips on how to help and attract the wildlife in your garden this winter. These tips will allow you to give the wildlife in your garden exactly what they need with regards to food, shelter, and warmth. Read more
We all the know the benefits of being outside in the great outdoors, however we don’t often hear about the great benefits of spending more time in our gardens. Therefore, today we want to talk about the benefits of spending time in our gardens and the clever ways that we can do just that.
Gardening is a Great WorkOut
Much like housework, we can underestimate just what great exercise gardening is. Practically all the different muscle groups of the body are activated when you garden. Think of all the arm, shoulder and back toning happening when you are digging and raking, for example. As you move around your garden weeding, mowing your lawn, pruning your plants, you are working so many different muscles which can most certainly be considered a great workout whilst keeping your garden looking tiptop at the same time.
Working in Your Garden – Increased Productivity
As life becomes more and more demanding and commutes become more and more arduous, there is no wonder that we have been seeing a huge shift of people choosing to work from home. Whilst more people are choosing to work from home, more people are also deciding to work in their gardens. Putting up timber stables in gardens that function as the perfect home office is a wonderful way to create a homework space that offers total peace and tranquility for when you need to get into the work zone. They are easy to integrate into your garden and are also really easy to connect to your electricity source, so they can be the perfect home working space if you want to work surrounded by nature and total peace and quiet in order to be really focused and productive.
We can all suffer from stress from time to time and we shouldn’t underestimate our gardens as a top place for us to seek a little solace and unwind and relax. Whether you take to your gardens to be sociable with friends, or to relax with a book, the outdoor spaces in our lives can certainly offer comfort and a place to de-stress. Gardening also is a great way to clear your mind of daily stresses and strains as you can concentrate on the tasks around your garden to disconnect from work and other sources of stress.
Spending time together in your garden as a family, is a great way to enjoy quality time and bond as a family unit. As there are so many distractions within our homes, our gardens can be the perfect place to just sit together, talk, play and generally connect as a family.
A Creative Outlet
Gardening is also a great way to be flexing those creative muscles too. Planning and designing out your garden is a wonderfully freeing way of thinking creatively and carrying out and managing a really creative project. As your garden is your own you can really afford to go to town on anything that you think would really bring your garden to life to make it the perfect place for relaxing, working, playing and generally just enjoying the peace and quiet of being in nature.
This is only the second week that I’ve managed to join in with the Great Bloggers Bake Off this year; the last time was for caramel week. I actually had time this week, and seeing that there was a completely new category added to the mix, I thought I’d give it a go. I’d only heard of two of the three bakes this week; pizza of course, and cannoli. I had literally no idea what sfogliatelli was though…
I was surprised that pizza was the technical, but after attempting it myself I can see why! I’ve made my own pizzas before so I thought I would be fine with it, but nope. I managed like a proper Bake Off contestant though and hid my mess!
Back at the end of August we went on our annual family holiday to the Norfolk Broads. As well as all four of us, my brother-in-law came with us too. We stayed in a cottage on this holiday, but as children The Husband and his brother used to go on boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads; that was their favourite kind of family holiday.
I have a done a couple of boating holidays but they weren’t really my thing; though, that might have had something to do with the fact I didn’t get along with father-in-law too well, and they were with him… Maybe I’ll try again another time!
When Herbert Woods offered us the hire of a day boat, I thought that wouldn’t be so bad; the Norfolk Broads are definitely beautiful to see when travelling by boat.
Hiring a day boat is a great way to experience the sights and sounds of the Norfolk Broads from the water. Enjoy a great family day out visiting the towns and villages along the Broads and stopping of for lunch at one of the many riverside pubs. Free mooring is available throughout the Broads at Broads Authority 24 hour mooring sites.