OUTDOOR OASIS (garden makeover)


Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for while (that’s everyone, right?!) might remember us embarking on ‘Project Garden Makeover’ a few years ago.

It had been a right state when we first moved in – barely touched since the house was built in the 1960’s, then left to fall into ruin after the previous owner became ill with dementia. It was literally like a jungle when we first moved in, and when had all the scrub cleared the following summer the garden literally doubled in size.

It was then that we realised what a (potentially) great space it really was, but it was another year before we could afford to get stuck in and fix it up. Our brave gardener had quite a task ahead of him; we live on a hill so the garden sloped quite steeply, which meant huge amounts of earth had to be scraped from one side to balance out the other.

And don’t even get me started on the mountains of building rubble he discovered, which had been used to backfill the original garden.


One month and MANY skips later, we finally had our little oasis. We practically live out there in summer time, firing up the barbecue, and filling the paddling pool for the girls. We’re bursting at the seams inside (next phase in the renovation plan is to extend the inside space) but on the days we’re able to throw open the folding sliding doors that lead on to the garden, it opens up the entire house.

We already have a table and chairs and parasol outside, and playhouse for the girls, but one of my future plans is to create a little seated area in the top right corner, where I can sit with a book and watch the Red Kites soaring overhead.

We have some Tesco Clubcard points accrued, so I plan to have a good nosy at their range of garden benches. We’ve gone for rattan for the table and chairs, so this time I’m thinking maybe a traditional wooden one that I can cover with comfy cushions.

I’m feeling more relaxed just thinking about it…

I’ve shown you mine, now you show me yours! Tweet me a pic of your back yard (@Jax2000) and I’ll pick one to win at random to win a selection of delicious English Tea Shop teas.

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  1. Aw well done you – you’ve done an AMAZING job!!! Looks like you’ve achieved a low maintenace (crucial!) oasis of calm for the grown ups and a nice lawn for the kiddiwinks to play on. I hate gardening, but love being outside in the sunshine, and even if my garden was less of a wilderness (or ‘butterfly garden’ as I prefer to call it!), unfortunately it has v low fences and no privacy from the old ‘uns flanking either side, so I’m always paranoid we’ll disturb people if we have a bbq or outside play. Am tweeting you the sadly neglected reason for my garden envy so that you can pity me and mini me, and feel smug with your gorgeous outside space! Happy bench hunting!

  2. Wow it looks amazing, so nice when a plan finally comes together. I still HATE our garden, this year I plan to say goodbye to the children’s trampoline and have a few ideas up my sleeve but it’s going to take time. Have a fun summer – maybe even see you all one day 😉 xxx

  3. Absolutely stunning, well done you guys x

  4. What a transformation! Well done jacqui. Can I come for a cuppa now?

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